Top Tools + Supplies for Home Dog Grooming

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Grooming is important for maintaining your pet’s skin & coat and helps to prevent matting, skin issues and irritation. Proper grooming also supports your pet’s overall health and well-being. Since you may not be able to visit your favorite pet groomer right now due to Coronavirus shutdowns, Daisy & I put together a list of grooming supplies you can use at home to help keep your pet looking, feeling, and smelling their best between grooms!

Clorox Disinfecting Spray In-Stock Alert!

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In yesterday’s post about shopping online during coronavirus, I mentioned that Clorox made a pet formula of disinfecting spray that’s on the EPA list of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fighting Products. I didn’t want to post a shopping link til I received my order and verified it was the correct formula and is still in stock.

Great news! I got my Petco order today and not only is it the approved version of the spray but it’s also still in stock as I write this quick alert.

There are 2 different versions that both are listed the same, so be sure you use this link and look at the photo of the product to make sure you see the words Advanced Formula on the label. It should be $6.99 right now on sale from $12.99.

The product description reads “Clorox Pet Solutions Advanced Formula Disinfecting Stain & Odor Remover has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to SARS-CoV-2 (formerly known as 2019-nCoV) on hard, non-porous surfaces. Therefore, these products can be used against SARS CoV-2 when used in accordance with the directions for use against rhinovirus on hard, non-porous surfaces.”

See screenshot above or look the product up on the EPA website for more information about Clorox Pet Solutions Advanced Formula Disinfecting Spray and Coronavirus.

Hurry on over using this link and order Clorox Pet Solutions Advanced Formula Disinfecting Stain & Odor Remover before it sells out! There is currently a limit of 2 per order. You’ll need to add some other items to reach the minimum $35+ cart total to get free shipping, so grab some pet food, dog treats, flea & tic prevention, shampoo, or other stuff your dog or cat will use.

Although it’s listed as a stain and odor remover, it says it’s safe for furniture. I just tested it on our counter tops and it didn’t leave any sticky residue, so it will also be good for disinfecting grocery items such as cans, packaging and boxes, plus other object that come in from the outside. If you have specialty counter tops you may need to check before purchasing. It’s bleach free, made with hydrogen peroxide. It’s also approved for carpet, tile, grout and finished hardwood floors. Obviously, it’s safe for homes with pets, and smells great, too!

In this order, I also got Daisy some Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Dog Treats and Plato Pets Hundur’s Crunch Jerky Fingers made with 100% fish.

I ordered on Saturday and go it today, Wednesday with the standard free shipping option, so Petco shipping is very fast right now! This Clorox spray is sure to sell out quickly so hurry on over to this page on Petco.com and snag two bottles while you can!

Tips for Online Shopping During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Even savvy shoppers might be struggling with shopping for essential items during the current Coronavirus situation. Supplies are running low. Some products are difficult or impossible to find, making it very frustrating for many of us. With social distancing and the recommendation to stay home when possible, online shopping is the first line of defense for reducing the hassle and risks of going to the store in search of groceries and important household items.

Since I usually do most of our shopping online and will continue as we head into hurricane season, I thought I’d share some helpful tips and tricks for online shopping during the coronavirus outbreak. Many of these tips are applicable all the time, not just during a pandemic!

These are my observations and recommendations based on my own experiences–your mileage may vary. Also, buying a few extra is okay, but please do not hoard or stockpile beyond a reasonable supply for your family. This could lead to even more shortages for everyone.

Why shopping online is better during Coronavirus

Although it may not always be possible to shop from home, it’s the safer option because it minimizes your exposure to people, air and surfaces that may be contagious or spread the virus. If you must shop in person, just be safe and follow all the recommendations from the experts as well as any local orders. #masksforall has some very helpful information about wearing masks for safety during the coronavirus outbreak. Keep in mind that many places we usually shop are closed or have limited hours and lines to get in, so sometimes online shopping is the only option.

Besides the safety factor, shopping online from home makes it easier to know what’s in stock and what sold out by searching many stores without the hassles and frustrations of wasting time and gas hunting for what you need. It’s also easier to compare prices and to buy large quantities without having to lug them home yourself. It also makes it easier to be organized and thoughtful about what you’re buying. Many friends have said that going into stores, seeing empty shelves and people with full carts, has led to panic buying things they didn’t originally intend to buy. Avoid all that when you can and just shop from home when practical.

If you do need stuff ASAP, you can often order online and use curbside picking so you don’t have to leave your car. Petco.com and Target.com both have this feature on their websites, as do many major retailers.

Tips for safe online shopping during any disaster or emergency

Avoid fraud and scams by using reputable websites that you know and trust or that friends and family have used themselves. Look for the padlock on the left in the address bar of the browser window because that means that the website you’re shopping on is using secure encryption methods. Try to always use a credit card instead of a debit card or other payment methods for extra protection in case you have to dispute a charge later.

Be skeptical and cautious of emails that you receive or ads that you see on social media. Identity theft is always an increased concern during an uncertain time like this.  Even when shopping on big sites like Amazon or Walmart, it’s important to look and make sure you’re buying directly from the website itself because many allow 3rd party sellers who can charge whatever they want, and there’s no real way to know the quality or whether the products they are selling are even authentic. Price gouging and the selling of inferior and counterfeit products are on the rise during any crisis, so just be aware of who you are buying from and what you’re buying.

Tips for meeting minimum requirements for free shipping

Most sites offer free shipping if you spend a certain amount. It is always better to buy a few extra items than to pay for shipping. Before shopping online, make a list of all the items you want to stock up on or that your family uses on a regular basis. These items can be used to add to cart to meet the minimum required for free shipping even if you hadn’t originally intended to buy them this time. Certain popular products like hand sanitizer and toilet paper may have a limit on the quantity you can purchase ,making it harder to meet the free shipping minimum.

This is when it really comes in handy to have some ideas of everyday items that you’ll use written down ahead of time so that you can fill your cart with smart purchases and avoid paying shipping charges. Some examples of great filler items include aluminum foil, condiments like mayo, ketchup, mustard, pantry items like salt, sugar, flour, light bulbs, batteries, dog treats, laundry detergent, dish soap, dryer sheets, Q-tips, deodorant, contact lens solution, make up removing wipes. Basically anything that you use on a regular basis makes a great filler item to raise your cart’s total to qualify for free shipping, if you need to add something to get there. Some sites also offer promo codes for free shipping, so look for those on Google if you don’t want to spend the minimum.

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How to Choose a Really Great Dog Bed for a Really Big Dog

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If you’ve got a big dog, then you know that a regular, cheap dog bed won’t last and won’t provide the support they need. Buying a big dog bed is an investment, so we’ve done some research and we are really impressed with one company in particular. Big Barker is a US-based company that makes ultra high-quality dog beds designed especially for large, extra large, and HUGE dogs.

If you’ve got a Labrador, a Golden Retriever, Husky, German Shepherd, Rottweiler, Doberman, Newfoundland, Mastiff, Great Dane, Irish Wolfhound or other large dog breed then you will want to learn more about these large dog beds. If you’ve got two dogs who like to sleep in the same bed, or an older dog with orthopedic issues then you might also want to check out Big Barker dog beds.

How to choose the right size and style big dog bed

The Big Barker beds are all made in the USA with 7″ of American Made therapeutic foam and all come with a 10 year warranty covering flattening and shape, so it’s almost a no-brainer, but there are still a couple of decisions to make before getting one.

First, determine the size bed your dog needs. These beds come in Large, Extra Large and Giant. See the size chart above or use this link for more detailed information.

Next decide if your dog would prefer a dog bed with a bolster headrest or one that is completely flat. Our dog Daisy likes her flat dog bed and often hangs her head over the side when she sleeps, but also likes using the sofa arm rest as a head rest sometimes, so I’m thinking of getting her a second bed with a bolster so she can have both options.

Finally, choose a color. This is mostly a personal preference based on what you like and what color dog bed compliments your home decor. Practically speaking, also think about how much your dog sheds and what color their fur is.

All of the Big Barker bed covers are washable, but in-between washing some dog hair is going to show, so take that into account. Replacement bed covers are also available, so you can switch colors if you like.

They also offer optional Waterproof Dog Bed Liners designed to fit whatever bed you get, as well as SUV Dog Beds and Crate Pads for large dogs.

Go HERE to get the Headrest Edition Big Barker dog bed.

Go HERE to get the Pillow Top Sleek Edition.

Use this link to see all Big Barker dog goods and learn more about the company.

July 1st is ID Your Pet Day + More Summer Pet Safety Tips

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July 4th is just around the corner, and we wanted to remind pet parents that more time spent outdoors poses an added risk of pets escaping or getting lost. July 1st is ID Your Pet Day, which is timely since more pets go missing due to fireworks during the 4th of July celebrations than during any other time of the year.

ASPCA has provided us with some key safety tips to help you safeguard your pet this summer.