Winter weather pet prep!

Your pets need some extra-special attention to ensure they are comfortable and safe throughout the harsh winter ahead! Check out our quick-and-dirty winter weather pet preparation tips below!

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Give thanks for (and to!) your pet with our top 3 Thanksgiving treats!

This Thanksgiving, as you gather round the table with loved ones, friends, and family, we know you won’t forget to give thanks for your furry family members! After all, who loves you unconditionally, doesn’t ever talk back, is always happy to see you, and can be counted on to cheer you up no matter how dark your mood? Even though your perfect Thanksgiving may consist of gorging yourself to the gills before collapsing in front of the TV, don’t make the mistake of indulging your dog or cat in the same way. Remember, your pet might know something special is going on, with the increase in company and holiday hubbub in your house, but he doesn’t need excess food, especially not the rich holiday treats or sweets that are toxic to his sensitive stomach, irrespective of season. However, there are some great pet-safe Thanksgiving treats that are guaranteed to make your furry family member feel extra-thankful for such a loving pet parent. Here are our three favorites (with corresponding DON’Ts)!

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Six Tricks (Treat-filled Tips) for Pet Safety On Halloween

Halloween is a great time to play dress-up, scare yourself silly, and overindulge in too many treats. However, as with many holidays, your pets see it quite differently, and in fact, can become quite stressed out and are even a target for threatening and dangerous activities. We offer up six safety tricks to help you ensure your pets have nothing but treats (but not too many) this Halloween.

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Advice on Flying the Pet-Friendly Skies

Two million animals travel on airplanes each year in the US, but a bit of forethought and prior planning goes a long way to ensure the trip is smooth sailing and not a horror story in the making. To make sure your airline trip with your pet(s) is hassle-free, and most importantly, safe for all of you, follow the advice below, and your air travel will hopefully be free of turbulence (though we make no guarantees about the air-related kind).

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Keeping Pets Safe and Calm on the 4th of July

Although you might love Fourth of July Fireworks and the surrounding holiday celebrations, all of the commotion and deafening noises of Independence Day can scare the daylights out of your dog or cat. Follow this list of precautions to protect your pet this holiday weekend, so everyone in your family can enjoy a fun and safe Fourth of July!

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Dog-Friendly Outdoor Adventures

Summertime is here, which means the opportunities to get out and play – with our canine companions – abound far and wide. And it doesn’t get much better than hiking with your dog. It’s a great opportunity to hit some new trails, revisit a wilderness area that may be an old favorite, newly green and sun-warmed after a winter buried under snow cover, and explore a nature that is very different from the “nature” that you typically see in daily dog walks around your neighborhood! However, good preparation and planning are key to a successful outdoor adventure with your dog. You can’t just show up at any trailhead and expect your dog to be welcome. National Parks are not the only option for wilderness exploration. There is just as much wildnerness and natural beauty to discover and explore in most national forests and national recreation areas. Websites like hikewithyourdog.com and petfriendlytravel.com are great to help you plan your next vacation with your four-legged friend while leaving the pet-sitter home!

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Enter our Huge Jetaway Contest to San Francisco!

One lucky grand prize winner will win a HUGE prize package worth approximately $2800 for you and your dog to enjoy!! Win: Roundtrip airline tickets for two plus your dog to San Francisco, CA from within the 48 lower United States (retail value of $1000)
Two nights stay at the pet-friendly Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco (retail value of $400) and MORE!

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What's the best way to stick to your New Year's exercise resolution? Answer: Your dog holds the key, and it's a leash.

Most dog owners won’t be surprised to hear that results from a new study, published in a recent NYTimes Well Blog, found that your dog is the best exercise partner you could ask for, in terms of ensuring consistency and gaining overall fitness improvement. Amazingly, people assigned to a group that had to take a bus well out of their way to an animal shelter in order to walk a dog daily stuck to their walking schedule much better than another group of people who chose a friend to walk with them on a trail close to their home. It turns out that the people who were supposed to walk together started influencing each other to skip their daily walks. Hmm, that sounds all too familiar. The last time my workout partner and I planned to hit a spin class together, somehow we ended up at happy hour instead.

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