3 Pet Businesses that put the WOW in Bow-Wow

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It seems more and more households are treating their pets like family, which means more and more businesses and manufacturers are thinking outside the box to help owners spoil their pets. It’s no longer a world of kibble, kennel boarding, and paying the neighbor to walk your dog twice a week – no sir-ree, businesses are taking it one step further to really pamper pets… and here are a few of our faves.

  • Meal Prep. Perfect for the health-conscious pet owner or an athlete who wants to make sure their companion eats as lean as they do, there are businesses popping up all over the country that provide pre-prepared, nutritionally balanced meals tailored to your pet’s body type. As you can imagine, services like this costs more than a pretty penny!  Of course, for those who are looking for convenience and high quality blended with affordability, should look to a freeze dried diet like like Stewart Raw Naturals.
  • Assisted Adventures. Paying the neighbor’s kid for a 15-minute jaunt around the neighborhood seems so 1950s when there are services out there that’ll leash up your pet and take ‘em on a full-blown adventure while you’re at work – complete with their own pack of playmates. These services aren’t necessarily available everywhere but that doesn’t mean you couldn’t track down a dog-loving outdoorsy person you trust and strike a deal (or start your own little business venture?!)
  • Doggy Hotels. Because boarding can be stressful on both pets and, ultimately, their owners, many boarding facilities are upping their game from concrete kennels to full-blown private rooms with both beds and couches for pups to rest their weary heads. Some places even have a live feed of security cameras so owners can check in and see their pet in real time. Talk about fancy!

Of course, not indulging in these things doesn’t in any way make you a less-than-great pet owner, we just like to share new trends and gauge their popularity! Does your dog get any of these royal treatments? Snap a pic and share with stewartpet on Facebook!

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Is Your Pet Safe During A Major Storm?

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After seeing the devastation in Texas following Hurricane Harvey, and the developing situation with Irma in Florida, we wanted to take a moment to share some of the fantastic tips we have found to help keep your pet safe and with you during a major weather event.

From Laine Doss at the Miami New Times:

Full article here http://bit.ly/2weZRg7

A good emergency checklist for your pet includes the following:

  • Dry/wet food for at least two weeks
  • Manual can opener for canned food
  • Two-week supply of water
  • Bowls
  • Toys
  • Training pads (even if your dog is housebroken, you won’t be walking him during a storm, and the dangers of standing water, debris, and possible downed electrical lines will make walking a dog hazardous to both you and your pet)
  • A litter box and clean litter
  • A two-week supply of any medications your pet might need

In addition, each pet should be wearing a collar with a tag that includes his name and your cell phone number, as well as a rabies tag. If your pet gets out, that could be the only way she will find her way home. If your pet is microchipped, it’s a good idea to go online and make sure your address and phone number are accurate.

You should also have leashes and a portable carrier on hand. They are helpful to secure a fearful pet during the storm and provide a quick getaway if you need to evacuate.

Here are a few tips if you’re riding out the storm at home:

  • Be sure to bring your pet indoors at the first signs of the storm. Conditions could deteriorate quickly.
  • Close off nooks and crannies where your frightened cat or dog might hide.
  • Place frightened pets in crates or carriers and keep them with you.
  • Use thunder shirts or calming salves on your pet to keep him calm.
  • Now is the time to talk to your vet about using tranquilizers if your pet is overly nervous during a storm.

If you plan to evacuate, bring your pet along:

  • Make a list of pet-friendly hotels in your area. Many of them will waive pet rules during disasters.
  • Keep pets in a carrier. Anxiety, dropping pressure, thunder, and winds all make for unpredictable behaviors in even the calmest cat or dog.
  • Pet owners residing in qualified evacuation zones can participate in pet-friendly evacuation centers. Owners must bring all necessary supplies for their pets, and reservations must be made in advance. Call 311 for a list of pet-friendly shelters in Miami-Dade.

Finally, call friends, family members, your vet, a boarding facility — anything to see if you can find temporary shelter before leaving your pet alone in a house or apartment while a hurricane rages outside.

If you become separated from your pet during the storm

  • make sure you have a recent picture of your pet and
  • contact animals.miamidade.gov as soon as possible after the storm so workers can assist in reuniting you and your pet.
  • Also, you can look for your pet on sites such as petharbor.com and nextdoor.com.

If you encounter a lost pet after the storm:

  • Try the number on the animal’s tag to contact his owner.
  • Take a picture of the pet and post on sites such as petharbor.com and nextdoor.com.
  • Contact Miami-Dade Animal Services at 311.

A list of pet-friendly resources if you need to evacuate:

From Peggy DiPirro of the Palm Beach Post:

Full article here: http://pbpo.st/2eSZc1D

Here is a list of resources recommended by The Humane Society to find pet-friendly lodgings.

 

 

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Dear Stewart: Should I Bring My Dog to Large Events?

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Ok, you got us, we don’t really have an advice column. But, as pet people, we think this is an important topic for both people and their pets. The truth is, there’s obviously no one-size-fits all answer to this question because it depends on a variety of things like just how large the event is, how your pet does with a lot of commotion as well as other animals, and also how you handle what could be a stressful situation.

The first thing we consider is how large the event is; is it a busy farmer’s market or food festival with lots of foot traffic, trash, and tight quarters? Or is it an outdoor concert with grass, blankets, and room to stretch out? Clearly the latter is going to be a much more enjoyable experience for everyone involved.  Next, consider your canine. Are they usually the relaxed, stick-by-your-side type or are they an overeager leash puller who get easily distracted? Has your pet ever shown aggression toward people or other animals? If so, just leave them at home where they’re happy. Remember: just because you think it’s good for them to go out and about, doesn’t mean it’s actually going to fulfill that expectation. And, of course, size matters; bringing a Great Dane to an event is obviously much different than bringing a Maltese so consider their size in relation to the event’s space.

Lastly, be honest with yourself – is it fun for you to bring your dog or are you doing it because you think they’re bored and lonely at home? Are you good in stressful situations? Just because your dog is well behaved it doesn’t mean you won’t run into one that isn’t – so you’ll need to feel confident you could handle a dog-on-dog problem. 

We will say, if you do opt to bring your dog along, it never hurts to carry a few of their favorite treats to make them want to stay by your side.

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Time’s Running Out: Enjoy That Summer Sun!

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It’s always shocking how quickly August creeps up; and before we know it we’re pulling out our scarves and light sweaters for fall. Don’t get us wrong, we love those autumn temperatures, but they certainly don’t allow for the abundance of activities that a warm summer day does. Here are a few of our favorite suggestions for soaking up the last of the summer sun with your pet.

  • A [Dog-Friendly] Beach Weekend. We’re talking a small retreat that requires a drive to get to the destination. Get away from the buzz of your everyday and listen to the waves crashing while the sun warms your face and water cools your toes. Ah, we can feel it now.
  • We consider kayaking the best of everything: it’s an outdoor workout that involves a day on the water and our dog can just relax close and keep us company. Kayaking is a great way to explore and discover new places while getting that always-welcome vitamin D.

(Pro-Tip: if your dog frequently accompanies you on the water, consider doggy sunglasses; Not only will they look cool,  but they’ll be protected from the reflection off the water which is just as harmful to their eyes as our own.)

  • As August slowly transitions into September, the temperature is less intense but it’s still sunny and beautiful. Grab Buddy’s backpack and hit the trail while you can still enjoy the bright greens and beautiful blooms of summer. Make sure to bring sun protection, treats and plenty of water for both of you.

What are some of your favorite ways to enjoy the summer sun? We’d love to hear more on Facebook!

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Pets: Companions, Protectors, and… Tutors?

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August always gets us thinking about back to school and new ways to keep education fun and interesting. Seeing as our kids are animal lovers, we searched “pets and education”, just to see if there was a correlation, and we’re so glad we did. Not only are there a multitude of benefits when it comes to pets and learning but there’s even a grant program called Pets in the Classroom that covers the costs of classroom pets (how rad is that?!). The reason is simple: Most children respond well to animals because there’s no fear of judgment or rejection. Not only are they a wonderful and interactive accessory to lesson plans, classroom pets teach children responsibility, increase their emotional intelligence (a.k.a. empathy) and ultimately their self-esteem.

Additionally, classroom pets boost immunity, prompt interest in otherwise mundane lesson plans, and can even ease classroom tensions. Of course, it doesn’t necessarily need to be a classroom pet – pet ownership at home will also help teach, comfort, and progress a child in their formative school years.

If your child is in grade K – 9 and you think their classroom could benefit from a small animal, talk to their teacher about applying for a Pets in the Classroom grant. The studies don’t lie! It could change your child’s whole perspective on going to school.

Do you have a picture of your kid reading to your cat or practicing a speech in front of your dog? We’d love to see it on Facebook!

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We’re Talkin’ Hottest Cat Trends Right Meow

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August 8 marks International Cat Day, which got us thinking: we’ve been seeing a LOT more cat stuff lately. From merchandise to actually-famous felines, it’s no longer crazy to be a cat person… in fact, it may even be considered trendy. As an ode to this newfound feline fabulousness, we’re presenting you with some of the coolest cat trends happening meow.

HOT TRENDS FOR HUMANS:

  • Accessories: From cat ear headbands to sweaters, purses, sunglasses, socks, and more, there are SO many ways for people to express their inner feline.
  • Home Decor: Pillows! Mugs! Even stationery and clocks… They’re all a wonderful way to let friends and visitors know you are, in fact, a cat person.
  • Themselves: For the die-hard (and probably more explorative) types, some people have dyed or shaved the shape of a cat into their hair or even gotten a cute cat tattoo. For the right people, it’s an adorable way to commit to their love of cats.

CURRENT CRAZES FOR CATS:

  • Walking: More people are trying to mainstream cat walks (literally, not the fashion kind.) We’ve seen lots of kitties on our social media feeds being leashed up and walked around the neighborhood much like their canine counterparts – which was seemingly unheard of five years ago. (Check out semi-famous feline Honey Bee on a hike with her owner. Curveball: She’s blind!)
  • Names: More and more people are giving their companions human names like Oliver, Chloe, Charlie, and Lucy, to name a few of the tops. Scope out the full list of last year’s most popular monikers and see how trendy of a cat owner you really are.
  • Outfits: Oh yeah, cat outfits and kitty costumes are absolutely a thing… A wonderful way for your cat to progress with the trends of the time!

Which feline trends are you most into? Share your thoughts and pictures on our Facebook!

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MiracleCorp at SuperZoo

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Viva Las Vegas! What happens there, stays there, right? Not for us! We’ve had a very busy couple weeks preparing for a trade show called SuperZoo, which is an opportunity for us to present our new and exciting products to buyers so that they’ll [hopefully] get them in front of new and loyal customers alike. So, what’s coming down the pipeline, you ask? We’ll gladly give you a sneak peek!

Wild Salmon Pro-Treats

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Perfect for pets with food sensitivities, these easy-to-digest treats boast 100% pure salmon sourced in the USA and are high in Omega-3s and vitamin B12. A mouthwatering treat that promotes brain, skin, and joint health.

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Our Hamilton family of products is revealing some fresh new collar designs for the summer inspired by faraway places. Our Morocco, Kokopuppi, Aztec, and Navajo Cross patterns are brightly colored and just beg to be looked at. For those with patriotic pups, we’re revealing a few new USA inspired looks – with matching leashes, of course!

Let us tell you, a LOT of work went into the development and production of these new additions, and that’s without all the prep that goes into a trade show! We feel like some very pooped puppies, but truly can’t wait to get this stuff on the shelves and in your dogs’s lives! We know how priceless feedback from our target audience is, so if you have any great product suggestions, we’d love to hear from you! Share your ideas with us on Facebook!

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Summer Safety, BBQ Style

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If you ask us, nothing says summer like a BBQ. There’s just something about being outside eating flame-cooked food in the company of family and friends that feel so seasonally perfect. For most people, hosting or attending a summer BBQ is a given – making it inevitable that some pets will also be in attendance. While safety should be the priority any time a group of people and pets come together, it’s especially important once you add an open flame, cooked bones, and possible alcohol in the mix. Whether you’re the party thrower or the party goer, here are a few things to keep in mind on behalf of the pets at your next event.

  • Watch the Grill. Most pets are wise enough to know that if something is extremely hot that it’s not to be played with but be proactive in preventing them from learning the hard way. Unless you know your pet won’t mess with it, have the grill in a place your pet won’t get to or make sure there’s always someone nearby to keep an eye on the BBQ.
  • Scraps Go in the Trash. Be diligent in reminding guests not to give your pet any of their leftovers, not only because a lot of BBQ food isn’t good for them (onions, cooked bones, etc.) but it also really ups their chances of overeating. If your pet has a habit of getting into the trash, make sure everything goes into a receptacle they can’t get into, preferrably with a lid to stifle the scent.
  • Be Considerate. If it’s your pet at someone else’s house, their pet at yours, or the host’s own animal: be polite. Be calm around new pets and make sure your pet can be calm around new people. Keep an eye out to make sure no one’s messing with the animal or feeding them anything they shouldn’t have. Remember that social gatherings can be frightening for some pets (while others will be the center of attention!)
  • Keep ‘em Included. For pets who like to socialize, let them be part of the action! In addition to their water bowl, you can set out a bowl of nutritious treats for guests to give and, for the pups who like to swim, let ‘em splash around! Just make sure they’re not being a nuisance to your guests. For pets who may not want to be part of the fun, let them have a room to themselves and put a sign on the door for guests not to enter.

BBQs? Hikes? Pool parties? Show us how your pet enjoys summer!

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Tips to Prevent a Lost Pet

notice of lost puppyWith the Fourth of July responsible for so many pet separations, July has become National Lost Pet Prevention Month, intended to bring awareness to the importance of prevention when it comes lost animals. In fact, as an owner, doing your part to prevent your pet from getting lost is a bare necessity when it comes to being responsible – and all it takes is a little awareness. If you’re questioning your prevention proficiency, here are a few tips to bring you back up to speed.

  • Recall Works Wonders. If there is one thing you should train your pet to do, it’s come when called. If you realize your pet got out quickly enough, you may be able to recover them simply by calling their name.
  • Keep ‘em Contained. Make sure doors to the home and gates outside are always latched closed; if you can’t ensure that, consider a crate or baby gate to keep them in a designated area so they can’t make a break for the door.
  • If your pet keeps getting out, figure out how they’re doing it and fix the problem. Whether it’s a hole under the fence, a wall that’s just short enough for them to jump over, or something else: it’s your responsibility to find and fix whatever’s allowing them to get out. If they’re really stumping you, consider setting up a makeshift security camera for a day and get clued in.
  • Proper I.D. We know we say it all the time but tags and chips have one purpose and one purpose only: to reunite you with your pet should they ever get lost. Make sure tags and chips are up-to-date and secure. If your pet is an escape artist it’s crucial that their collar stays on anytime during the day they could possibly get out.
  • Have Proof. Whether it’s a vet bill, papers from the breeder, or some other proof of ownership, it’s important to be able to prove you’re the animal’s owner. You may run into someone who’s looking out for the pet and won’t release them to just anybody or someone who’s trying to claim they’re the owner – in any case, it’s best to have irrefutable evidence that your pet’s home is with you.
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Easing Pets’ Fourth of July Fears

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There’s a reason July 5th is one of the busiest days of the year for shelters: fireworks are simply terrifying to your pet. It’s not everyday that animals experience the flashes, pops, and whistles of fireworks, nor is it possible for them to appreciate the display as a celebration of our country’s freedom the way we humans do. There’s really no way around it: fireworks are downright dangerous for both pets and humans alike. It’s important to keep pets inside for the flashy display, as animals with a strong prey drive may try to go after the explosive, some may be triggered to run away in fear, and others can get really hurt simply by being a bystander. The best way to avoid any unnecessary injuries or losses is by keeping your companion inside (and we think they’ll be happy to be there.) Here are a few other quick tips to help keep your pet (and yourself) at ease this Independence Day.

  • Inside Job. Like we said, The safest place for your pet during the flashy festivities is indoors. Be sure doors to the home are kept closed or designate a room for them – preferably toward the back of the house. If you plan on having company, put signs on doors asking guests to close them or a friendly reminder to avoid going into your animal’s room.

*Pro-Tip: Make sure to put a few of their favorite playthings (perhaps a chew toy stuffed with Pro-Treats)  in the room, too. And be sure to pop in sporadically to soothe your pet and remind them they haven’t been forgotten.

  • Tucker ‘em out. Take your dog on a run or to the dog park during the day so they’re too tuckered to worry (too much) about what’s going on outside.
  • D is Key. If there’s ever a time to make sure their collar is secure and tags and/or chip are up to date, it’s now. Don’t have them? Now’s definitely the time to buy them.
  • Keep it Pet Friendly. With bug sprays, BBQ’ed bones, and alcoholic drinks in the mix, there’s a lot about the Fourth that simply isn’t meant for pets; be sure guests aren’t feeding your pet table scraps and only use pet-friendly insect repellents on animals if they’re going to be outside.
  • Other Stress Reducing Options. For pets that have extremely high anxiety, consider an anxiety wrap or sound therapy, which is designed specifically for pets’ ears to soothe them. If your animal is comfortable in a crate, let them retreat there and do what you can to reduce the visual stimulation caused by flashes.

What are some ways you help your pet de-stress during the festivities? Share with us on Facebook!

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