Party Animals: 4th Of July Pet Safety

American Burger and a Glass of BeerFamily, friends, barbeques, sun, heat, and, of course, fireworks, are all essential components for a proper 4th of July weekend for many Americans. Because most of us view our pets as essential family members, it’s only natural that we would want to include them in any and all holiday celebrations.

Unfortunately, many of the activities that make the 4th so special can be downright dangerous for our four legged friends. So before you fire up the grill or head down to the parade this year, take a moment to bone up on our 4th of July pet safety tips.

The Heat Is On

July is typically a warm month here in Michigan, and we understandably want to spend as much time outdoors as possible (trying to forget the Michigan winter, perhaps?) Keep the following tips in mind to protect your pets from heat-related dangers during the holiday weekend, and any other time: Continue…

Relaxed And Ready For Summer: How To Keep Pets Calm When Anxiety Strikes

Cordova_iStock_000028058734_LargeSummer is finally here, and after a long, hard Michigan winter, pets and people alike are ready to feel the grass between their toes (or paws) and the sun on their legs (or fur). For the most part, summer is a time of enjoyment and relaxation, but for many pets summer brings with it some major stressors. Thunderstorms, fireworks, parties and other summer social events can leave pets trembling with fear, or acting out their anxiety in destructive ways.

While it’s impossible to completely shield our pets from the loud noises and social stimuli that may make them anxious, it’s important to know what steps to take to keep pets calm, cool, and relaxed during the dog days of summer. Continue…