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RYKO Pet Gear loves to help pets and their owners lead happy, healthy lives!

If you love to help pets and want to check out our newest products in person, we would love to see you at the next event we’re sponsoring or attending! We’re currently only doing product demonstrations at Colorado events.

RYKO Pet Gear most recently supported A Safe Place for Pets event “PAWS for Celebration” and BarkaBull‘s event for adopting and fostering pets. A portion of our proceeds will always be committed to helping animals in need. We keep our donations focused on local dog rescues, shelters, and humane societies.

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July 4th Pet Safety

Fireworks, picnics and other Fourth of July traditions can be great fun for people; but all of the festivities can be frightening and even dangerous for animals. Noisy fireworks and other celebrations can startle animals and cause them to run away; holiday foods can be unhealthy; summer heat and travel can be dangerous; and potentially dangerous debris can end up lying on the ground where pets can eat or play with it.

Whether or not you’re planning your own Independence Day celebration, it’s important to take precautions to keep your pets safe both during and after the July 4th festivities.

Preparing in advance:

  • Make sure your pets – cats and dogs alike – have identification tags with up-to-date information. If you have horses, you might consider marking a safety (breakaway) halter with your contact information and leaving it on your horse during this stressful time.
  • If your pets aren’t already microchipped, talk with your veterinarian about microchipping. This simple procedure can greatly improve your chances of getting your pets back if they become lost.
  • If your pets are microchipped, make sure your contact information in the microchip registry is up-to-date.
  • Take a current photo of all of your cats, dogs and horses – just in case.
  • If your pet has historically been anxious on this holiday, or if you have reason to expect potentially harmful reactions, consider behavioral therapy to desensitize your pet and reduce the risk of problems. Some pets may need medication. Consult your veterinarian or a veterinary behaviorist.
  • Make sure the environment is safe and secure. If your neighbors set off fireworks at an unexpected time, is your yard secure enough to keep your pet contained? Are pasture fences secure enough to keep horses or other livestock confined? Evaluate your options, and choose the safest area for your animals; and make improvements if needed to make the area more secure.

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Safety during July 4th celebrations:

  • Leave your pets at home when you go to parties, fireworks displays, parades and other gatherings. Loud fireworks, unfamiliar places and crowds can all be very frightening to pets, and there’s great risk of pets becoming spooked and running away.
  • Consider putting your pets in a safe, escape-proof room or crate during parties and fireworks.
  • Keep horses and livestock in safely fenced areas and as far from the excitement and noise as possible.
  • If you’re hosting guests, ask them to help keep an eye on your pets to make sure they don’t escape. Placing notes on exit doors and gates can help both you and your guests remain vigilant.
  • Keep your pets inside if you or your neighbors are setting off fireworks.
  • Keep sparklers, glow sticks, fireworks, charcoal and kabob skewersaway from curious pets.
  • Don’t let pets get near your barbecue grill while it is in use or still hot.
  • Avoid the urge to feed your pets table scraps or other foods intended for people. Be especially careful to keep them away from these common foods that are actually toxic.
  • Remember that too much sun and heat (and humidity!) can be dangerous to pets. Keep them inside when it’s extremely hot/humid; make sure they have access to shady spots and plenty of water when outdoors; don’t leave them outside for extended periods in hot weather; and know the signs that a pet may be overheating.
  • Never leave your pet in your car when it’s warm outside. Vehicle interiors heat up much faster than the air around them, and even a short time in a locked car can be dangerous to pets.
  • If you’re travelling out of town for the holiday, consider leaving your pets at home with a pet sitter or boarding them in a kennel. If you need to bring them with you, be sure you know how to keep them safe.
  • Follow safe food handling and hygiene practices to protect your family and guests.

After the celebrations:

  • Check your yard for fireworks debris before allowing pets outside to play or relax. Even if you didn’t set off fireworks yourself, debris can make its way into your yard, where curious animals may pick it up to play with or eat.
  • Check your pastures and remove debris to protect horses and livestock.
  • If you hosted guests, check both your yard and home for food scraps or other debris that might be dangerous to pets, such as food skewers.

(Content originally appeared at: American Veterinary Medical Association)

Pet Ownership Costs Guide for 2017

Can you Afford a Pet?

That furry face and those corn chip feet try to sucker us into wanting to take home the whole litter. Can you afford to take care of just one for the long haul?

Keeping their tummies full is one thing. The adoption/breeder fees, vet visits (vaccinations, dental care, medications, spaying/neutering, emergencies), grooming, training, pet insurance, and of course, don’t forget about their toys, bedding, kennel and those cute sweaters can add up to thousands of dollars over the life of your pet.

Thesimpledollar.com has posted a guide and interactive calculator that covers nearly every expense imaginable for pet owners.

http://www.thesimpledollar.com/pet-cost-calculator/

Average Initial and Lifetime Pet Costs by thesimpledollar.com.

Dangers of Leaving Your Dog Alone in a Car.

Most of us know that leaving a dog alone inside of a hot car is dangerous. But did you know, that even cracking a window or leaving the air conditioning on can’t always save your dog? They can still suffer from heatstroke, suffocation, cardiac arrest or even death, in some cases.

GLOBALTINT reminds us, with this great infographic, why it’s safer to make other arrangements for your dogs if they can’t go everywhere you go.

Danger of Leaving Dog in Hot Car

Dangers of Leaving Your Dog in a Hot Car

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5 Must Have Items and Tips for Active Dog Owners

 

A funny yet true saying, “If your dog is overweight, you’re not getting enough exercise.” There are a lot of good things that happen when you bring home an
energetic pup: you wake up without an alarm clock, you go on more walks and runs, and you get pretty dang good at throwing slobber-covered tennis balls.
There’s specialized dog gear for active dog owners, and here’s what you should consider for your beloved hound:

city dog

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#1 Running Leash

A shorter, multi-style grip control is a perfect running leash for your dog. A must-have for your dog gear collection, the shorter leash keeps control on sidewalks and other high-traffic areas, which is perfect while your pup is learning the ropes.

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#2 Portable Water Dish

There’s nothing better than long runs and hikes with your pup. Until you realize there’s no water source, or an easy way to share your own hydration. A portable water dish is easy to carry or pack, and essential to make sure you and your pup get enough fluids.

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#3 Reflective Gear

There never seems to be enough hours in the day. For the busy athlete, or those wanting cooler temperatures, workouts sometimes fit best in the night hours. Reflective gear is a must for both of you. Make sure your pup’s leash and collar are equipped to ensure night time drivers know you are there.

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#4 Car Seat Covers

For trail runners and hikers, especially on a rainy day, everyone’s treads are going to get extra dirty. A car seat cover will add extra miles to the life of your car’s interior, and let you go extra miles regardless of the weather conditions.

muddy dog

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#5 Paw Wax

Winters are tough on the skin. And it is just as tough on your dog’s paws.  Find a safe, non-toxic wax to massage on your dog’s paws regularly to prevent cracks and reduce damage from tough terrain such as gravel and rocks. Paw wax is a great product to keep your pup happily on his/her feet.

snow dog

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Safety Tips 

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Weather Check and Layers

If you live in the high country, or areas with unpredictable weather, be sure to pack the right kind of layers. Staying dry is important, so don’t forget to your dog’s jacket. Wet or ice-covered fur can lead to fast drops in body temperatures.

 

off leash dog

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 Off-Leash Recall

After some experience on a good running leash, it may be time to try out the unrestrained off-leash world. Before unleashing the hound, be sure you have a solid recall established. There are many instances where you will need your pup to be responsive and return quickly to you. Treats are always a good trainer, and usually the only tool needed for getting a good recall behavior. Avoid consequence-style techniques, as it’s unnecessary, can be harmful, and often isn’t as effective or long-term as positive reinforcement. Along with some treats in the pocket, a compact dog leash is a perfect companion when switching between on-leash and off-leash adventures.

 

Dog gear designed for active owners is more than just for looks. It increases safety and makes it easier to get out there more with your pup and enjoy a healthier and worry-free lifestyle with your dog!