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Protect Your Pup’s Paws from Winter, Snow and Chemicals!

Protect your pups paws from winter

Winter can be a tough season for dogs. Freezing temperatures, snow and ice can cause chapped paws and itchy skin. Toxic chemical agents and ice melting salt on the sidewalks and roads are also hard on paw pads. Not to mention, these chemicals can be dangerous if ingested.

A scary reality…  According to Accuweather.com, if a dog ingests less than 1 ounce of sodium chloride per 2.3lbs of their body weight, they could die. That means a dog that weighs 4 pounds would only need to eat 2 ounces of ice melt with sodium chloride for it to be fatal. In addition, most ice-melt products contain sodium chloride or calcium chloride, which can irritate a dog’s paw or be harmful if they ingest it.

Here are a few paw safety tips to keep in mind as you conquer the winter outdoors with your four-legged friend!

Regular Grooming –The first step is to make sure your dog’s paws are winter ready. One way to do so is by grooming. If you have a long-haired dog, it’s important to trim their feet regularly throughout the winter to minimize the clinging of ice balls, salt and ice-melting chemicals.

Regular Cleaning – Keep a bowl of warm water near the inside of your entry door so that you can easily rinse their paws after an outing. A towel for drying is a must too! Rinsing, drying and carefully wiping their feet will help prevent chemicals from drying onto their skin. It’s also a great way to avoid tracking chemicals into the home.

Be Sensitive – Remember that cold, sore and blistered paws can feel incredibly uncomfortable for your dog. This could really put your pup in a bad mood! Make sure to always handle their precious paws with gentleness and care.

Protective Wear – A great way to protect your dog’s paws in the winter is to use dog booties; or for the ultimate level of protection try dog leggings! Walkee Paws created the world’s first dog leggings, and since launching in November 2018, customers have reaped the many benefits of this one-of-a-kind accessory during the cold and snowy season.

Designed with durable, four-way stretch fabric and waterproof rubber soles, Walkee Paws protects your pooch from harsh elements and prevent the many germs, chemicals and allergens they pick up from entering your home. Not only do they protect paws, but they cover Fido’s legs as well for maximum warmth and protection.

Features of Walkee Paws Dog Leggings Include:

  • 4-Way Stretch Fabric: With water-resistant technology for dry legs
  • Over-the-Back Design: Featuring 2 adjusters for a paw-fect fit
  • Loose Ankle Fit: For maximum canine comfort
  • Waterproof Booties: With grippies for traction

Walkee paws - booties for dogs

Walkee Paws Dog Leggings make a pretty bold fashion statement too! They come in several fashion-forward prints such as the checkered Classic, the fun and vibrant Confetti, the sophisticated Cocoa, the bad-to-the-bone Skulls, the head-over-paws in love Hearts, and the sporty Camo. Although they’re the ideal accessory for winter months, Walkee Paws Dog Leggings can also be worn year-round. In warm weather, they prevent hot-pavement burns and give lawn chemicals, allergens and ticks the boot.

Dogs and their owners alike have fallen in love with these waterproof accessories, so make sure to grab your pup a pair before conquering the final snowstorms of the year! Learn more at: https://walkeepaws.com/.

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Basepaws CatKit DNA Test was Fun & Informative!

Basepaws CatKit

I was recently gifted with a Basepaws Cat DNA Test and it was the most unique and amazing gift I have ever received! Come to find out, Basepaws is a pet genetic company that has developed the first consumer genetics test for cats. The Basepaws CatKit came with a pre-stamped envelope to mail the sample back in, an insert explaining the step-by-step instruction and process, the sample itself, along with a cute cat meme and Basepaws sticker – something all cat lovers will enjoy!

The sample is a strip of clear tape that you place on your cats back and carefully pull off to collect the hair. Thankfully my feline cooperated, didn’t seem phased by the process, which made it easy for me to do. Then I sealed it up and placed it in the envelop to send off. After this, I activeed my CatKit online, which was simple to navigate and figure out as well. I created a nice profile for my kitty and put in the activation code and voila!

The results took about 10 weeks to receive, but it was well worth the wait! The results provided me with information about her breed, tips on keeping her in better health, and so much more. The four main categories Basepaws focuses on is breed groups, wildcat index, chromosome map and health.

The genetic report was extremely detailed and informative and super fun to read through. I was shocked by some of the things I learned about my cat and I especially enjoyed reading up on her personality because Basepaws totally nailed it! Overall, the report was very simple to understand and read. The best part about CatKit is that through our account, we will continuously be updated with new information regarding our feline’s DNA. It’s basically a living document that will be an evolving part of my beloved cat’s history forever. How cool is that?

I can’t wait to learn more as time goes on. This was such a fun, unique and beneficial gift that I am so thankful to have received. I highly recommend Basepaws DNA CatKit to all the cat lovers out there!

Basepaws cat kit

Basepaws cat kit

 

Celebrate December’s National Cat Lover’s Month by Getting to know your Cat Inside and Out with Basepaws!

Basepaws CatKit

New York, NY – December 11, 2019 – December is in full swing! While most people are gearing up for the holidays, animal lovers around the country are spending this month celebrating something dear to their hearts – cats! December is National Cat Lover’s Month; a great time honor these majestic creatures and shower them with extra love and attention. In addition, owners can now take advantage of getting to know their cat on a whole new level thanks the first-ever Cat DNA Test from Basepaws!

With an estimated 42.7 million U.S. households owning a cat, it’s clear American’s love their felines. Basepaws is a fun and easy way to help unlock secrets about your cat’s health, breed, genetics and more. Similar to what 23andMe or ancestory.com is to humans, the Basepaws Cat DNA Kit is one simple saliva test that can provide you with a lifetime of discovery about your feline companion.

Why is discovering a cat’s DNA important?

  • Your cat’s DNA can unlock the secrets to keeping their health in tip-top shape.
  • Exciting new insights about mixed-breed cats and breed genetics.
  • You’ll have access to a living document that’s an evolving part of your cat’s history.

The Basepaws 4-step process is so simple!

  • Activate your CatKit on basepaws.com
  • Collect DNA with a cheek swab. It’s completely painless and takes seconds.
  • Mail us your sample via UPSP or international shipping
  • 6-9 weeks from when we receive your sample, voila!

The Basepaws Cat DNA test helps you to learn exactly what makes your cat unique. Its report is broken up into different detailed categories like, Breed Groups, Wildcat Index, Chromosome Map and Health. Unlike other DNA services, Basepaws Report is a living document.

“Understanding the breeds and traits that make up mixed-breed cats gives us the chance to finally get to know them better,” expresses Founder & CEO of Basepaws, Anna Skaya, “The reality is, the more we know about their DNA, the easier it is to help our feline friends live longer, happier, and healthier lives.”

Discovering your cat’s DNA story is very exciting and the process is ongoing so there’s always new information to look forward to. There’s no better way to celebrate National Cat Lover’s Month than with Basepaws!

Right now, Basepaws is offering a special holiday sale: CatKit for $89 or 2+ for $85/each. Basepaws also offers gift cards that are delivered and redeemed via email. 

About Basepaws Inc.: Basepaws studies the most common hereditary disease and report on traits which can affect the animal late in life, thus giving the owners and veterinarians a specific action plan. They can test hundreds of thousands of genetic markers and dozens of genetic disease and are working with researchers on more data points. Every owner joins the Basepaws community and participates as a citizen scientist to create a database of genetic data to be used in research.  everywhere.  https://www.basepaws.com/.

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Fresh Doggy Kisses Under the Mistletoe Thanks to TEEF!™

TEEF for bad dog breath

There’s nothing like puckering up under the mistletoe to receive a big, wet kiss from the sweetest companion around – the problem? Each lick transfers over a million bacteria, many of which can cause gum disease. Most would agree that dog kisses are the one of the best gifts; however bad dog breath can really kill the mood and is a sign of a bigger health problem. Love your pet more by giving them the gift of health this holiday season!

Best-known as “The Bacteria Whisperer”, Dr. Emily Stein is on a mission to make the family unit healthier and is determined to give people and pets a safe, simple and effective way to care for their mouths. With her ground-breaking invention of TEEF!, pet families can fully embrace every kiss under the mistletoe with Fido knowing that their pup’s mouth is properly cleaned and cared for this holiday season.

Bad dog breath is certainly not a cherished smell, and although it is common among most dogs, it’s actually a symptom of an unhealthy mouth. In fact, it is the first sign of dental disease. Sadly, 80% of all dogs by the age of 3 will be affected by gum disease. TEEF! was created to target the root cause of it all – bad bacteria that live below the gum line. TEEF! contains a patented prebiotic formula, Protektin42™, that is specially formulated for dogs’ oral hygiene needs. It is powered by science and has been clinically proven to stop bad bacteria, encourage the growth of beneficial bacteria so your dogs’ mouth is healthier.

TEEF! uses only 100% safe, concentrated ingredients that naturally function like a molecular toothbrush below the gum line, when added to drinking water. It’s a low-calorie, sugar free, hassle free, human-grade water additive that cleans your pet’s entire mouth every time they drink. Learn more about TEEF! here: https://www.teefhealth.com.

Key Formulation Components

  • 100% safe ingredients
  • Human-grade
  • Plant-derived
  • Gluten free
  • Preservative free
  • Grain free
  • Vegan
  • Tummy-friendly

It all started with a rescue dog….

Saved from a shelter at 10 years old, Tinsley had multiple health conditions that all traced back to neglected dental care. Luckily, she was adopted by Emily Stein, a UC Berkeley and Stanford-trained scientist with an extensive background in microbiology and immunology… and a soft spot for older dogs. She knew immediately that oral bacteria were the source of Tinsley’s eye and bladder infections, skin irritations and lack of energy. After 4 months of antibiotics, 21 tooth extractions and thousands of dollars in vet bills, Tinsley was finally healthy again. All these issues stemmed from the connection between the mouth and body.

Are You in the Pet Business? Check Out PetBidder

PetBidder sales app for pet service business owners
With people viewing pets as part of the family more than ever before, the pet care service industry has experienced explosive growth over the years, even during recessionary periods.

Although there is great potential for financial success within this industry, running a business in the pet market comes with some fierce competition. PetBidder has launched the ultimate sales and quoting app, which is designed to help business professionals overwhelm their clients with value and dominate the market.

Sales is the life blood for any successful organization. So why not have a system that drives revenue in a big way? PetBidder is specifically designed for pet service companies to get more clients, at higher prices with less effort. Guaranteed.” says Shane Whelan, Owner of PetBidder. “You already know that you’re the best in your market. Nobody cares more than you. Nobody serves your clients at a higher level. So when you lose out on that new client or job…it’s only because you did not properly convey your value. PetBidder allows you to properly convey your value in an instant, whether it’s over the phone, in person or directly from your website.”

PetBidder is the ultimate sales app designed for pet service companies due to the fact that most of the sales process is completely automated through its innovative software.

PetBidder has the power to turn job specs into powerful proposals, saving you time while bringing in more clients. It also generates quotes either in-person, website or phone, which helps you and your staff to stay organized and engaged with prospects. Its follow-up automation feature ensures that your business always conveys the perfect customer experience regardless of where they are in the buying process. Properly implementing PetBidder guarantees a ROI for its users, which is a promise you will most likely never receive from another software company.

PetBidder logo

Additional Key Features of PetBidder Include:

  • Gmail/Google Calendar Integration: All of your jobs automatically scheduled in Google Calendar and better email deliverability.
  • CRM Connections: We make connecting to your CRM software easy — just turn it on. No coding required.
  • Video Integration: allows you to properly convey who are, your back story and why you started your business to every single new customer and make your business to feel like a warm fuzzy blanket to every new prospect
  • Customization Galore: If you can think of something, we haven’t thought of yet, let us know and we’ll build it for you.
  • Powerful Proposals: PetBidder proposals close 80% more of the time and usually at higher prices.
  • Mobile-Friendly Design: Have the right tools at your fingertips, no matter where you are or what you’re doing.

PetBidder was Founded by Shane Whelan, who has a passion for all things business. He started his first business in 2015 and quickly scaled to 6 figures, but very shortly thereafter his competitors came out of the woodwork to slow down his progress. Through the daily drudgery of dealing with competitors while at the same time growing, he was able to make it through the fire and come out on top. Through that pain, PetBidder was born: A sales and quoting app designed for pet services companies. It was through PetBidder, that as the smallest company in his market and the only independent, he was able to grow his small business into a two -man operation and then into a full-fledged company. Shane currently lives in Milford, Michigan, is married to high school sweetheart, and is also the owner of Pet Containment Services and the host of Carrying The Fire Podcast.

Interested in learning more about PetBidder or want to start you free trail? Visit the PetBidder website.

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SmartLeash® is the SMART & SAFE Way to Walk Your Dog!

The Smartleash

My 4-year-old Labradoodle, Bernie, walks well on a leash. Except of course when he sees another animal, which is pretty much a daily happening. We like to walk through the trail in the woods up the road from our house, where there are often other dogs walking and lots of wildlife like squirrels, chipmunks, deer, and sometimes frogs!

I love letting Bernie run ahead of me to sniff and explore, but the standard retractable lead we were previous using was unsafe and left me feeling very uneasy during each excursion. We had a few close calls, when Bernie bolted seeing another animal and it was very difficult for me to control him. I eventually switched to SmartLeash®, which has been a game-changer for our walking adventures both on the trails and through the neighborhood.

SmartLeash® is a retractable leash with a very unique feature. Whenever your dog goes to run or lung the leash automatically stops and locks. It’s like seatbelt but for walking! I am able to let Bernie run ahead of me but once another dog or animal catches his attention and he goes to run, the SmartLeash® locks and stays locked until he releases tension. Then the leash resets itself. It’s a BRILLIANT invention!

A few other things I love about the SmasrtLeash®… It’s comfortable to handle and hold (I love the rubber handle), it’s easy and quick to use thanks to the thumb activated break, and it’s reflective which is awesome for our nighttime walks. Overall, I feel Bernie and I are much safer walking with SmartLeash®. I have told many other pet parents about how wonderful this leash is. There’s no doubt in my mind that SmartLeash® is the smart, safe and best way to walk!

Stay Tick Free This Summer

Stay tick and flea free this summer

Summer is a fun season when pets and owners get to spend more quality time outdoors in nature. However, with the warm weather comes legions of fleas and ticks looking to feast off your beloved dogs and cats. Not only can fleas and ticks cause your pet to feel itchy and uncomfortable, but even worse, these parasites can make your pet very ill. It’s time to outsmart these pesky insects and enjoy summer to the fullest with your four-legged friends!

A few facts about fleas and ticks:

Did you know, fleas and ticks are most prevalent during summer months because they thrive on warm weather and high humidity?

A recent report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that over the last twelve years, the number of Americans bitten by ticks or fleas (and mosquitoes) has tripled. Can you imagine what this number could be for our pets who love to roll in the grass and venture through the woods?

Preventative measures you can take to protect you and your pets:

  • Keep your grass trimmed, as well as bushes and trees with low-hanging branches. This will help reduce shaded areas where fleas and ticks thrive.
  • Consider treating your yard with an outdoor flea/tick treatment. Make sure it’s pet-friendly!
  • Check your pet daily. Between your dog’s toes, in and around his ears and head, his neck and belly and around his tail.
  • Marigolds, a gorgeous yellow-colored flower, actually have the ability to naturally repel invasive pests like fleas and ticks. You can purchase them on Amazon and plant them in your garden.
  • Regular grooming and/or bathing is a must! Purchase a pet shampoo that has been created to help deter pests.

Oxyfresh, the leading provider of safe, environmentally-friendly products for people and pets, has created a Pet Shampoo that naturally safeguards against fleas and ticks thanks to its citrus peel essential oil ingredient. Essential oils come from plants, so it’s only natural that the same plants can also protect you from insect invasions. The citrus fragrance is light and refreshing, not overpowering.

Additional Benefits of Oxyfresh Pet Shampoo:

SOLVES TOUGHEST ODORS– Clean pets are happy pets, and our proprietary, gentle formula is unrivaled in neutralizing pet odors, including pesky skunk odor.

SOOTHES SKIN– Advanced conditioning formula will make the pet feel truly pampered. Free of any harsh chemicals and fragrances that may irritate delicate skin.

SHINIER COAT– Tough on dirt, but not on their coat. Formulated with essential oil and amino acids for an easy-to-brush coat that feels fresh and soft.

Oxyfresh uses only toxic-free, gentle ingredients that are safe for pets and the planet. For over 30 years, vets have loved and recommended their innovative pet care products. Their entire product line is made in the USA too! Not only will this shampoo help to repel fleas and ticks, but the ingredients will give pets a shiny and fresh beautiful coat all summer long. Learn more at: https://shop.oxyfresh.com/products/pet-shampoo/

 

Pawlee Helps Us with All of Our Pet Service Needs!

Pawlee pet sitting service

Pawlee is an awesome platform that I have been recommending to all of my pet-loving friends and family members. We recently adopted a new puppy and I was determined to find a reliable and trustworthy sitter in the area to help us when we are gone for extended periods of time. Pawlee connected me with an experienced pet sitter that just so happens to live less than ten minutes away. She has cared for our pup a few times now and we absolutely love her.

The Pawlee website is extremely easy to use. I enjoyed setting up my pup’s page. It reminded me of Facebook but for pets – it’s fun! After having such a positive experience finding a pet sitter, we decided to go ahead and look for a groomer through Pawlee too. Sure enough, we found a groomer with ease. We only used them once so far, but we are very happy with their services and can’t wait to use them again.

It’s nice meeting and interacting other pet parents, and registering an account with Pawlee is a great way to connect with others who love their pets too. In addition, I can schedule and manage appointments, track pet activities and much more through this awesome site.

Thanks Pawlee for making all of this possible!

Learn more at: https://pawlee.com/

Dr. Judy Morgan’s Wool Cave has Been a Great Addition to my Gerbil’s Home!

Nesting Bed for Rodents

My Gerbil absolutely loves Dr. Judy Morgan’s Little Furball Critter Cave. As any Gerbil owner knows, these little creatures love to hide and burrow. I was thrilled to find a product that helps to meet this very important need!

I’ve owned Gerbils for many years and have purchased various products on the market. I will say that this cave has been one of my favorites! Not only is it visually appealing thanks to its bright and vibrant color, but it has held up very well since I purchased it about a year ago.

Its super unique and made with New Zealand wool. I’m able to wash and dry it with no problem! My Gerbil spends most of his day cuddled up inside of this cave and although I feel I barely see him, I’m happy he feels safe and happy. Thanks for an awesome product Dr. Judy Morgan! I definitely recommend it for other critters who love to hide and stay cozy!

Silicone Dog Bone Shape Baking Pan & Over Mitts: The “Paw-fect” Kitchen Essential For All Pet Owners!

Dog Shaped Baking Pan

I wanted to bake a dog-friendly cake for my pup’s birthday and discovered this unique silicone dog shaped baking pan. I was sold on it because it said it was microwave safe, freezer safe and dishwasher safe. The description also mentioned it is made with an FDA approved non-stick silicone. It sounded pretty simple to cook with, so I decided to give it a try! In addition to the fun bone shaped baking pans, it came with dog head oven mitts – how cute!

My dog’s birthday cake cooked perfectly in this pan. It came out adorable! True to what the description said, there was no sticking at all and the pans are super easy to clean. I love them so much, I now use to them to cook occasional dog meals and treats. The mitts were also very handy and I now find myself using them around the kitchen when cooking for my whole family.

If you’re looking to makes your special pup a special goodie, this dog bone shape baking pan is a must! This has become a go-to gift purchase when I’m shopping for other dog lovers too. Everyone absolutely LOVES it!