Summerproof Pets: Julia Szabo's Top Summer Safety Tips; Global Pet Finder (a GPS for your Pet); Automatic Infrared Cat Door; Raised Coolaroo Dog Bed; Stylish Kittypod Cat Bed; Fab Feng Shui Chew Toys - WEEKLY FASHIONTRIBES PET PODCAST - M3P3 File
Summer's here & everyone is spending more time outside, including your four-legged pals. Fashiontribes fave pet care expert and celeb Julia Szabo - author of the awesome Animal House Style & now on Sirius Satellite Radio's "Frank DeCaro Show" live every Tuesday at 12 noon to answer callers' questions about pets - shares her Top Summer Safety Tips for keeping your pets healthy and happy this season:
- Avoid walking dogs between the hours of 11 am and 2 pm, the hottest points of the day, when pets are vulnerable to heatstroke, and sidewalks are hot enough to burn. Test the sidewalk with your own hand: if the concrete is too hot for your palm, it's too hot for your dog's bare paw pads.
- City sidewalks heat up during the day, and retain their heat well into the evening. If it's been a really hot day, don't bring your dog with to an outdoor cafe for dinner - the sidewalk will still be way too hot for him to lie down on. Leave him at home in the air conditioned apartment and bring him a doggy bag instead.
- Keep pets hydrated throughout the day, making sure their water bowls are full. On long walks, carry a water bottle for your pet.
- Never leave any animal alone in a parked car. The temperature can quickly rise to deadly degrees, causing heatstroke and death.
- Summer is mosquito and tick season, and skeeters carry heartworm (a potentially fatal parasite) while ticks spread Lyme disease. Check with your vet about putting Fido on a heartworm -preventative medication for the summer months. Examine your pet's coat every day for ticks; if you find one, dab rubbing alcohol on it, and remove carefully with tweezer.
- When splashing about in the pool, don't leave pets unattended or they could accidentally down. When you're not using it, cover swimming holes with a Loop-Loc pool cover for safety.
Here are some great summer- and pet-worthy gadgets we found that you'll wonder how - or why - you ever lived without:
- The Global Pet Finder from Petgadgets.com lets you set a boundary of any size within which your pet can roam. However, if they wander a whisker too far, you get alerted.
- Spending more time outdoors socializing, kitty is likely to pick up a new posse of pals. That's all good and well, however, you don't want them hangin' out at your house. This Infrared Locking Cat Door, also from Petgadgets.com fits any wall, door or window and re-latches automatically so you'll never have to come home and be greeted by a crib full of strays.
- When those sultry dog days hit, your pooch will think this Raised Coolaroo Dog Bed from SolutionsCatalog.com is heaven-sent. It's kind of like a doggie hammock that's breathable, easy to clean & a snap to put together.
- Only the best for your feline friend. This Kittypod by designer Elizabeth Paige Smith from VelocityArtandDesign.com is made from longlasting, heavyduty corrugated cardboard that cats love to dig their claws into. It yells "taste" to your human pals and "eat your heart out" to your cat's social circle.
- Summer is the right time to de-stress and harmonize with nature (translation: hang out in a hammock with a cold drink and a trashy book). Make sure Fido's doing the same with these Feng Shui Toys. The Lotus Bud symbolizes harmony, while the Lucky Carp symbolizes abundance. The Cloud Ball is a symbol of never-ending fortune, and the Bamboo: longevity, courage and resilience. Supposedly combining them enhances their symbolic power, so get one of each. Besides, even if their Feng Shui'ness doesn't pan out, they sure do look cool. At PostModernPets.com