Don't forget to protect your pets on the 4th of July!

The Fourth of July holiday is right around the corner, and in all of the excitement and people-hubbub, it’s easy to forget about pets.

Fireworks can be terrifying for some cats and dogs, according to the Humane Society. Dogs and cats tend to have super-sensitive ears, and the sounds of fireworks going off can make them feel like they are under attack. They respond by retreating, hiding and worse, running away. According to Humane Society CEO Beth Ward, more dogs run away on the Fourth of July than on any other day. The Humane Society of the United States reports that animal shelters across the country are used to receiving “July 4th Dogs:” dogs who run off during fireworks celebrations and are rescued by animal control officers or helpful citizens who take them to the safety of a local shelter. To prevent your dogs from panic, we’ve compiled this list of precautions to protect your pet this Fourth of July, so everyone in your family can enjoy a fun and safe holiday!

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Gift ideas for a pampered pet this holiday season

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As Andy Rooney famously said, “There’s no doubt about it. Dogs are nicer than people.” This means that the dogs (and cats) in your life should have a place firmly on Santa’s “nice” list. And what does this mean for you, dear pet parent? Well, it means this is the time of year for showing your pets your love and gratitude for their unconditional companionship and love. If you’re considering shopping for your pets this holiday season, then you’d be in the more than 80% of pet owners who are planning to buy their pets a little something special this holiday season.

You might be thinking along the lines of a new toy, a yummy chewie, or special holiday-themed pet sweater but if you’re the type to really go over the top with spoiling your pets this holiday season, we’ve pulled together this selection of the most stylish, beautiful, and, frankly, outrageous we’ve seen (among some feasible and fun items too):

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Tips on keeping pets safe during the holidays

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With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s easy to overlook your pets and how they might react to all of the new holiday decorations, food, and foliage. When it comes to the increased activity and tantalizing new decorations around the house, think like your pet. Some pets are unfazed by anything, or act about as curious as a bored teenager. If your pet is one of these, you probably don’t have much to worry about. On the other hand, if you’ve got a playful puppy or curious dog, or, let’s face it, any kind of a cat (they earned the name “curious cat” for a reason), read on. From overly-curious cats to rambunctious dogs, consider these five tips to keep your furry kids out of trouble during the holidays.

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Four reasons why puppies make bad presents

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Considering a warm bundle of joy waiting under the tree this Christmas? Reconsider, fast. When envisioning winter puppies, we all think of adorable scenes including puppies entranced by the sight of snow, frolicking in powder and chasing snowflakes, but the reality is more like struggling into the winter coat and boots yet another time, trudging outside, and huddling against the driving wind and sleet while waiting for your little bundle of joy to do her business.

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Winners of earthbath's Facebook Halloween costume contest!

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Whether or not you are pro-costume or anti-costume for Halloween, we at earthbath love any excuse to have fun, and especially, dole out the treats! Which means, of course, that we ran a Halloween costume contest on Facebook for all of our earthbath fans, and rewarded the top three most creative, cute, and fun costumes (as voted by total number of comments) with their choice of earthbath goodies! Check out the winners of our latest contest below, and if you still aren’t chatting it up with us on our Facebook page, well, silly, why not?

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Don't let Halloween be a SCARY time for pets!

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Halloween is full of frightful sugar-induced fun for kids and adults alike, but when it comes to pets, the same treats that we enjoy can cause severe illness, or worse. If you have kids, make sure that they understand that their candy is NOT to be shared with the family dog(s)! (It’s just more for them anyway). Stress the importance of keeping their Halloween haul safe, and in a high place or closed cupboard that nosy wet noses can’t sniff out. Dogs may love chocolate as much as we do, but they don’t know how bad it is for them: if they make off with too many treats, the effects can be downright lethal.For more tips on how to avoid the biggest health hazards to pets at Halloween, read on…

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Summer Coat Care for Dog Paddlers!

If your dog loves jumping in the lake, cavorting on the beach, or even diving into the pool, that summer splash factor can wreak havoc on your dog’s shiny coat and itch-free skin unless you take some simple grooming precautions. Read on for more coat care for Pool Pooches, Beach Dogs, and Freshwater Fidos!

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Pet Travel Essentials

If you’re going to be road-tripping (or even heading out for a fun day in the sun) with your pet this summer, don’t forget your dog-specific travel supplies! We’ve compiled a list of the 8 most important items to ensure you both make the most of your day(s) off without any hassles or health trip-ups!

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Pet Tips for the Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is one of the most dreaded holidays, striking fear and terror into little hearts everywhere… and sometimes sending the bravest of them all scurrying to hide under the bed or into a closet. We are, of course, talking about how this holiday affects your pets. Though you (and especially your kids) love the festivity of fireworks, their deafening noises can scare the daylights out of your dog or cat. Check out our list of safety tips, so that you and your pets can enjoy a happy and safe Fourth of July!

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Four legs to fitness!

Got a dog? If you’re reading this, the answer is probably yes, or else it’s “I’m planning on getting one soon.” Great! Grab the leash and get ready to hit the trail, sidewalks, or parks for a path to fitness! What better weekend to start a new fitness routine than Memorial Day weekend? Results of a recent study revealed that people who have dogs and regularly walk them are 34% more likely than those that don’t have dogs to meet government-mandated physical-activity guidelines, which equates to 30 minutes of “moderate” exercise each day, at least 5 days a week.

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Sharing the Puppy Love this Valentine's Day!

There is nothing quite like the unconditional love you share with your pet, and Valentine’s Day is a perfect day to recognize the special place our animal loves have in our hearts. We recently asked our Facebook fans to share their best photos of “puppy love” and “kitty love” with us, in honor of Valentine’s Day. Read on to find out who won (and to see the winning photo – a perfect example of puppy love!)

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