Sunny Skies Ahead - Planning on spending some quality time outdoors with your pets this summer? While sun and fun are great for best friends, keep in mind that hot temperatures and cloudless skies can affect pets. Take proper precautions before heading out by stocking up on pet-safe sunscreen and fresh bottled water, and consider keeping your pet's coat trimmed short to help them keep their cool. If your pet is becoming overheated or is panting excessively, cut your day short and head for the air conditioning to avoid an unnecessary trip to the ER. And remember, never EVER leave a pet in the car unattended.
Eco Logic - June 5 is World Environment Day, a great time to examine the impact your pet may have on the planet. There are plenty of ways to lessen your pet's carbon pawprint, from switching to biodegradable waste bags to feeding an organic diet. One simple switch you can make today is to walk rather than drive to the dog park, groomer, pet shop... just about anywhere you go with your dog! Not only will it cut your carbon emissions, but it will help your dog get some much needed exercise. Find more tips to help your pets help the planet in the upcoming Green issue of fetch! magazine, due in homes, vet clinics and Barnes & Noble stores nationwide this week!
Work Like a Dog - Every day at Petplan is Take Your Pet to Work Day, but most other companies celebrate the day on June 24. If your business is participating in this meow-mentous occasion, make sure you're pup-ared. Keep an eye on your office pal, especially around trashcans and snacks. A tasty candy bar or accidental eraser ingestion could spell trouble. And don't forget to bring along a toy, water and food bowl, leash and a bed to help make the office feel a little homier.
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How Does Your Garden Grow? - Gardening with your best friend by your side is one of the most enjoyable activities of the summer, but not when your foray in the field exposes him to unexpected hazards. Certain outdoor plants such as foxglove and elephant ears can cause big problems for green-pawed pets. See what Kim Smyth, DVM recommends to keep your pets - and your prized rhododendrons - safe this summer.
Batter Up! - Many minor and major league baseball clubs have begun offering special days that allow sports fans to bring along their baseball-loving dogs to the game. But peanuts and Cracker Jack® can be dangerous in the wrong mitts. Follow along with Dr. Smyth as she offers pet parents tips to make their doggy day at the park a homerun.
Move over, Rover - Who is your favorite celebrity pet? Rin Tin Tin? Toto? While these famous best friends have lived lives of fantasy on the silver screen, their breeds can develop real health problems. Learn what hereditary and congenital conditions are more prevalent in these famous breeds in this blog post from Dr. Smyth.
Moving on up - Petplan pet insurance is proud to announce the promotion of Elyse Donnarumma to Claims Manager and Staci Welsh to Veterinary Services Manager. With an accomplished background as a veterinary technician, Elyse will work with our internal team to ensure that claims are paid quickly and accurately. Welsh, an industry veteran with more than two decades experience, will draw upon her vast background as a veterinary technician, licensed claims adjuster and veterinary services specialist to communicate on a daily basis with the veterinary community regarding the impact and importance of pet insurance for their clients.
Speaking for Spot winners - Congratulations to our five lucky Speaking for Spot winners: Tony Couture, Lisa Burke, Janet Jordan, Lisa Nersessian and Kim Keck. These book-loving hounds will receive a copy of Dr. Nancy Kay's book Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life. Subscribe to fetch! so you don't miss out on our next pawesome giveaway, and don't forget to like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter for more great contests and prizes.
Pet Portables™ winners - Congrats to our five Pet Portables™ contest winners - Holly Shea, Nora Spoerle, Donna Ellis, Susan Corning and Debbie Claire. Next time they hit the open road with the four-legged friends, they'll be traveling safely in style.
Shell Out the Fun - Add some nautical fun to the dog days of summer with these beach-themed Squeeki Shellz™ dog toys.
Feline and Dine - Leave your cat licking her paws for more with this grain-free, home-style recipe from Halo Pets, featuring real meat and no artificial preservatives.
Natural Inspiration - Bring the outside in with a Will Bark for Birch dog toy that is more fun (and more safe) than anything you can shake a stick at from your yard.
This past month, HSUS President Wayne Pacelle embarked on a nationwide tour to help spread the word about his new best-selling book, The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them. If you missed out on the tour, you can catch a snippet from Pacelle's Mother's Day stop in Sarasota, Florida, here. And don't miss our interview with Wayne Pacelle in the Green issue of fetch! magazine.