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Tips for Safe Camping with Pets

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There are a couple of weeks left til Labor Day, so be sure to make the most of the rest of summer vacation with some outdoor fun with your pets! Even if you don’t have time for a big trip, you can still find a campground nearby and enjoy a quick camping trip with the family and fur kids.

ASPCA has some really helpful safety tips for camping with pets:

1. Bring a pet first aid kit. It is always better to be prepared and often remote campsites will not have quick access to veterinary care.

2. Be sure to locate the closest animal emergency clinic and add its contact information to your phone.

3. Pet proof! Before you let your pet out on your campsite, thoroughly inspect the area to make sure other campers haven’t left anything behind.

4. Don’t let your pet roam. Because your pet is not familiar with the area, he could get lost, fall into a river, or become stuck. Other well-meaning campers may feed him something toxic or may have rat poison out in their campsite. He also may have a run in with some not-so-well meaning wildlife. (Your pet first aid kit will have everything you’ll need to make a de-skunking bath that really works).

5. Make sure that your pet has proper ID on her collar at all times and a reflective collar if she will be out on the campsite at night.

If you’re taking your pet along for some outdoor adventures, you’ll also want to read the expert tips from the folks at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.

Daisy’s Big List Of Books To Read To Your Dog

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If you’re reading our blog, there’s a good chance that you also love reading books about dogs. But have you ever thought about reading TO your dog??? It may sound silly, but try it…you’ll like it! And your dog will love the extra attention you give them when they cuddle up in your lap so that you can tell them a story.

Daisy loves it so much that she’s helped me put together a nice big list of books that are PERFECT for reading to your dog. If you’ve got human kiddos, these books are also great for encouraging their love of reading, so be sure to give them a chance to read to the dog, too.

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Click the titles below to get them from Amazon in traditional printed book or Kindle edition, or borrow them from your local library if you prefer!

Good Books to Read to Your Dog:

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Check out these Great Books for Dog Lovers next!

Wishing You A Happy and Safe 4th of July!

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Wishing you and your fur kids a very happy and safe 4th of July!

Have FUN but remember to keep your pets indoors, away from BBQ grills, sparklers and fireworks!

How to Save on Pet Meds, Dental Products and Grooming Tools

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Your veterinarian is the best and most reliable source for knowing which pet medications, treatments and other health & wellness products you should be using with your dog, cat or other critter but they aren’t always the least expensive source for buying them.

There are some steps you can take to save money while making sure you use what the doctor orders (or recommends). We’ve put together a few tips every frugal pet parent can use. Check them out and leave a comment at the end of the article, to share your own money-saving tips with us, too!

How to Save on Pet Meds, Dental Care and Grooming Tools

Ask about generics or less expensive substitutions: a good veterinarian will be sensitive to your concerns about cost, and will be able to explain your options. Often times, there is a generic equivalent for pet meds, just as there is with human pharmaceuticals, and that can really help save you money.

Ask if your veterinarian will price-match if you bring a print out or proof of lower online prices: every office and practice is different, but at Daisy’s vet, they offer price matching for 2 specific online discount pet med sites. It makes it convenient, because I can buy what she needs right there, but still take advantage of lower online prices. Because they are the sites the vet’s office honors, I also know which ones they consider legit for times I DO order online (lots of websites sell pet meds, but only certain ones have the proper certifications, so do your homework)

Know which prescription medicines are FREE: Our veterinarian actually clued us in to this one! Daisy needed an antibiotic one time, and it happened to be one that Publix (our regional grocery chain) has on their list of Free Prescription Medicines. So the Doc wrote out the Rx for Daisy and sent us over there. I was worried the pharmacist would think we were pulling some kind of scam, but she explained that it was perfectly fine and the system was there for customers to use whether for their human family members or their fur kids! (Always discuss with your veterinarian before filling a pet prescription at a human pharmacy. And always make sure the pharmacist is aware that the prescription is written for a dog or cat, etc). Many regional and national chains have their own lists of free meds for customers, so be sure to check.

Always search for promo codes when buying pet meds & supplies online: online prices are typically already discounted and significantly cheaper than at the vet’s office or local chain stores. Stack some added savings by searching online for promo codes (also called coupon codes) when ordering from the web. A great place to start is right here on our blog! Just click here for all our recent Pet Promo Code Posts or use our Search box in the right hand sidebar. You can also post a request on our Facebook page if you want help finding a specific promo code, or email us!

Save with ebates or other cash back and loyalty programs: We’ve posted about ebates.com several times and I use it ALWAYS! I’ve earned hundreds of dollars in cash back rebates and Amazon gift codes, just by starting my online shopping from ebates and using their links to popular stores including PetSmart, Petco, PetCareRx and more. Also be sure to take advantage of loyalty rewards programs like the Petco PALS rewards, where you earn 5% cash back on everything you spend in-store and online.

Check for Rebate Offers: Search on Google and/or check the manufacturer’s website for special rebate offers and forms. Sometimes I also find rebate offers on the reception counter at the vet’s office or by the cash register at the pet store.

Stack Coupons with other in-store deals or learn to stack discounts online: Savvy savers already know to watch the store flyers for sales and that you can almost always use both a Store Coupon and a Manufacturer’s Coupon on a single item (coupon stacking), but have you tried stacking online deals for extra savings? You can combine several of the tips above when you place an online order, and really maximize your discount! Check it out:

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We hope you find these tips helpful, and that they save you money next time you need to buy pet medicines, health & wellness products, grooming supplies or anything else to keep your fur kids happy and healthy! After all, the more money we save on necessities, the more we have to spend on treats, toys and other FUN stuff!

Got any questions, or other tips and suggestions? Leave us a comment to share them below!

The Differences Between Dog Owners and Cat Owners #Infographic

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We all THINK we know the difference between ‘Dog People’ and ‘Cat People’ but you might be surprised by what some actual studies reveal. Can you guess which owners scored higher on intelligence, or which ones are more social?

Thanks to our sponsor EntirelyPets.com, you can find out! They’ve put together this super cool infographic that’s sure to raise some heated debate between the dog lovers and the cat fanciers out there.

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Scroll down to view the Cat VS Dog Owner comparison, then be sure to leave us a comment and let us know whether you agree or disagree. Also be sure to tell us what some other differences are that you’ve observed between cat and dog owners!

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Tips and Tools to Help Your Pet Keep Calm All Summer Long

Summer can be a super fun time for families with pets but it can also be stressful for the fur kids. There’s more travel than usual, more thunderstorms, more parties, gatherings and crowds…not to mention the fireworks!

There’s almost nothing worse than the feeling of helplessness when your dog is stressed or scared. All we pet parents want to do is make it better. I know, because Daisy is an anxious dog…I figure it has to do with being abandoned and having experienced life in an overcrowded shelter before we adopted her but you just never know!

Luckily there are several things you can do to help keep your pets more relaxed even during all the excitement of summer. An obvious first step is to NOT put them in situations where they will get frightened, which is why we would NEVER take Daisy with us to go see fireworks. It’s just not fair to put our pets through that or risk them getting lost or hurt if they bolt and run away.

There are some times when summer pet stress can’t be avoided. Summer vacation travel if you want to take your pet, and noisy thunderstorms are two examples. For times like these, there’s a line of products that we use and recommend to our pals and readers: it’s the stuff from ThunderWorks. They’re the company that makes the ThunderShirt calming wrap for dogs, which you’ve probably heard about, plus a bunch of other great calming aids you might not yet be familiar with.

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Summer Calming Aids for Dogs & Cats:

Here’s a quick roundup of some of the products we suggest trying for any pet that needs a little all-natural comfort or help alleviating anxiety during summer travel, noisy storms, and other stressful times:

  • ThunderShirts for Dogs & Cat: ThunderShirt uses gentle hugging to calm your dog or cat. With its patented design, ThunderShirt’s gentle, constant pressure has a dramatic calming effect for most dogs and cats if they are anxious, fearful or overexcited. Based on surveys completed by over two thousand of their customers, over 80% of dogs and cats show significant improvement in symptoms when using ThunderShirt.
  • ThunderSpray for Dogs & Cats: ThunderSpray mimics a mother’s natural pheromones and provides the soothing fragrances of lavender and chamomile. Suggested uses: Vet visits, crating, car travel, fear of thunder, pet and owner separation, reactivity to other animals or people, general fearfulness and many other issues.
  • ThunderLeash for Dogs: Help make walking your dog a hassle free, positive experience for both you and your dog. Dog harnesses can be great tools for many dogs, but not everyone wants to make the effort to get one onto their dog or to have extra stuff to carry around. ThunderLeash is the perfect combination of simplicity and functionality. For those times you just need a standard leash for a quick walk or for times when your dog is well behaved, simply connect the ThunderLeash to your dog’s collar just like any other leash. But for times when pulling might be a problem, simply wrap ThunderLeash around your dog’s torso and slide it into the harness slot. Now whenever your dog pulls a mild pressure is applied to his torso and the pulling will quickly cease.
  • ThunderToys & ThunderTreats for Dogs: ThunderToy is the perfect stuffable chew toy for calming and distraction. The ThunderToy was specifically designed to be stuffed with the ThunderTreat, a treat with calming properties, and together they can keep your dog calm and happily occupied for up to an hour. The ThunderToy comes packaged with a free 4oz bag of ThunderTreats.

Find these and more great calming aids and anxiety products for dogs and cats on sale at Amazon.com. ThunderWorks products are also available at Petco.com, through PetSmart.com and many local retailers. They offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee and great customer support!