Monday, June 27, 2016

Evanger's Quick Tips for Exercising With Your Pet In the Heat

Your dog is itching to go outside for a walk. And while you’re ready for a little exercise as well, the thermostat is on the rise. While it’s not necessary to avoid outdoor activity entirely during the summer, it is a good idea to adjust the duration and intensity of exercise in accordance with the temperature. 

Photo by Rebecca Menapace [calendar contest entry]
As a rule, early mornings and evening hours are best suited for your outings – whether it's a walk, hike or even tossing the ball around in the yard. Did you know that pets with white-colored ears are more susceptible to skin cancer? Also, short-nosed breeds are prone to breathing difficulties since these pets have poor panting mechanisms. Keep dogs like Shih Tzus, Boxers, Lhasa Apsos, Pugs and Bulldogs away from the heat as much as possible. 

Dogs don't sweat like people do. Most of their sweat glands are located around their paws. If Fido hasn’t stepped in his water bowl and you see wet footprints on your floor, it’s a red flag that your pooch is overheating and needs to be relocated to a cool spot. Also be sure to walk your dog on grass if possible since asphalt becomes very hot and can burn their delicate paws. Never leave the house without an adequate supply of water to prevent both of you from dehydrating.

Your best exercise bets are:
· Taking your dog to the lake, bay or ocean for a swim.
· Going on a hike or trail run early in the morning or late in the day.
· Taking shorter hikes, and find shaded trails and campsites.

Be sure to avoid:
· Having your dog run alongside your bicycle. If you do this from time to time, please don't do it in the summer.
· Hike trails that aren't shaded. Aside from the heat, you might come across rattlesnakes that love to bask in the hot sun. 

Heat exhaustion is common in dogs. It can happen your own yard, or on a walk. Remember that dogs cool themselves by panting. When panting fails to reduce the body temperature, your pooch will develop heat stroke. 

Signs include:
· Heavy Panting
· Rapid Breathing
· Salivation
· Fatigue
· Muscle Tremors
· Staggering

If you feel your dog is experiencing heat exhaustion, take him to a cool, shady place, and apply wet towels or cloths to help cool down his body temperature. Try to give him small amounts of water. Then call your vet immediately. 

Your dog’s diet plays an important role in adequate hydration and muscle recovery after exercise. Feeding canned food provide high quality, easily digestible nutrients that help keep muscles and organs functioning in peak condition, while also keeping cells hydrated. For a boost in nutrition and hydration for your furry exercise partner, try Evanger’s Signature Stews made with USA farm grown meat and vegetables, slow cooked in a savory broth.

If you apply common sense and taking these exercising tips into account, you’ll be well on your way to keeping your pet happy, well exercised and healthy in the heat.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Pet purchase decisions can promote healthy pets and a sustainable planet

  1. Petrendologist Charlotte Reed speaks with Fox 5 Las Vegas Anchor Jason Feinberg about how to reduce our pet's carbon pawprint.

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  3. According to a recent Gallup environmental poll environment poll, 55% of Americans have made minor changes in their lives and 28% have made major changes to live a more eco-conscious lifestyle.  Your entire family, including your pet, can help preserve the planet. Start by setting a goal of being more aware that your pet purchasing decisions can help reduce your pet’s carbon pawprint and improve your four-legged family members overall pet health.
  4. Feeding choices
    After the countless pet food recalls over the past two years, it is no surprise that owners are more curious and cautious about what they feed their pets. Buy pet foods with human-grade ingredients pet foods that have no added pesticides or hormones, use minimal processing, and are higher in vital nutrients. Consider pet foods like Evanger’s, a company uses USA sourced ingredients, located within 50 miles from manufacturing facility.
  5. Grooming picks
    For the last few years, many magazines, blogs and other media outlets have been discussing how beauty products can be detrimental to our health and our planet, too. Pet grooming is an aspect of life that you can turn into an eco-friendly and healthier way of living. Purchase USDA, certified organic products like the Pura Naturals Pet. This health and beauty company’s product line does not contain GMOs, parabens, toxins, sulfates, perfumes or dyes but plant-based cleansers, combined with essential oils and herbs to cleanse your pet and to keep his skin and coat healthy. From dry and wet shampoos, conditioners to outdoor parasite protection and healing products for ears, teeth, noses and paws, these products will have a direct and positive effect on your pet and your planet.
  6. Donation with purchase
    Pendleton is a globally recognized lifestyle brand that has been weaving wool in the Pacific Northwest for 153 years. In 1916, the brand debuted the first national park blanket-The Glacier, inspired by Glacier National Park in Montana. Soon after the same year, the National Park Service was penned into law by President Woodrow Wilson. As a result, Pendleton has been associated with the National Parks ever since. Now, during this centennial year of the national parks services, Pendleton has team up with Carolina Pet Company to create the Pendleton Pet Collection. Best part: A portion of the sale of the collection’s items such as beds (made from recycled soda bottles), portable food bags and water bowls, leashes, collars and coats is donated to help preserve our national parks.
  7. Pet necessities
  8. Some pet products are just essentials to caring for our pets. HealthyPet makes healthier products that pet owners need like cat litter and small animal bedding. If you do not know, litter is the most purchased pet product. Moreover, clay litter (the most popular type purchased litter) is also deterimental for our planet, our people and our pets. .Instead of purchasing a cat litter that is not sustainable, buy a natural cat litter/. Healthy-Pet's okocat is a 100% natural litter, made with no added chemicals or synthetic scents; it is alsobiodegradable, flushable, lightweight, dust-free, longer lasting and absorbent. Additionally, it is also has outstanding odor control. Lastly, because it is made from wood pulp and not a food grade materials (like wheat or corn), is fights bacterial growth naturally.
  9. Another example of a heathier products for pets and our planet is careFRESH small animal bedding. Most people don't realize that there are about 12 million small animals in the country, creating their own environmental impact on our planet. And, they need products that promote their health and wellness, too! careFRESH makes species-specific bedding that encourages them to do what they do; hamster and gerbils burrow and rabbits and guinea pigs nest. careFRESH complete bedding is made from scratch by blending naturally absorbent, reclaimed paper fibers (free of harmful chemicals and other pollutants, not recycled newspaper with inks) with proprietary odor control ingredients to provide the best, performing small animal bedding. carefresh bedding is 100% biodegradable and compostable. It has odor control lasting up to 10 days, is dust-free for easy clean-up.

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  11. Petrendologist Charlotte Reed is the leading pet care & lifestyle expert. She is a popular author, TV & radio personality and celebrity spokesperson, discussing the "What's New" for pets and their people. Listen to radio show, "The Pet Buzz," each week on Sunday morniings from 10-11AM on I Heart Radio News 1320/1450 AM (

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