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Dog Days of Summer Better Than Ever for America's Pets

-APPA Releases List of Hot Summer Convenience Products-

GREENWICH, CT, March 30, 2004 - It's easy to picture the familiar site of a dog laying in the front yard, panting in the summer heat. Now imagine the same dog wearing sunglasses, sitting under an umbrella, sipping from an icy bowl of chilled water. That's becoming a more common site as new innovative, pet products make warm weather more enjoyable for pets and their owners. Dogs, like people, benefit from outdoor activity, and including man's best friend in your summer fun can strengthen the bond between you and your dog. But, we've all been warned of the dangers of too much heat exposure for our pets. To include your pets in the fun this summer and to help keep them cool and ensure their safety, The American Pet Products Association (APPA) has released a list of hot summer products great for pets and pet owners.

  • We all know we're supposed to wear sunscreen- but don't forget your pet. The sun's rays can be harmful for them as well. Try Pet Sunscreen by Doggles. This spray-on sunscreen will not only protect your pet's nose and skin from burning in the hot sun, but it also helps to prevent sun bleaching in dark-haired animals. www.doggles.com
  • To keep paws from getting burnt, PAW-TECTORSR from Pedigree Perfection protect pads from hot sand, asphalt, or from burrs and thorns when hiking. A soft interior fleece lining also wicks out moisture. PAW-TECTORSR are available in five sizes. Pedigree Perfection also offers the Cool Down Cape/, a terry cape that uses water evaporation to keep pets cool. 954-731-2692
  • A fun new product to keep your pet hydrated and treat them to a cold drink on a hot day is the new Chill-A-Bowl by Marketing and Creative Sales, Inc. This new product is a simple idea. Place the plastic bowl with an internal water compartment in the freezer for 4-5 hours, then fill it with water. It will keep your dog's water cold for hours. www.talktometreatball.com
  • For walkers, runners, hikers, in-line skaters and skateboarders, The ReLeash hands-free leash system by Dogmatic Products makes these sports much easier to do. With a comfortable waistband that connects to the dog's leash, you're able to keep your hands free for the workout. The product comes with an extendable, retractable leash with a carabineer clip quick release, reflective padding for safe night use, water bottle, treat, and baggie holder for the owner on the run. www.dogmaticproducts.com
  • On those runs and hikes, it's important that pet and pet owner stay hydrated. The Water Buddy by Flexi-Mat Corporation is a water bottle with two water supplies so you and your pet can both use it without mixing water. It has a straw for you and a cup for your pet. www.fleximat.com
  • To keep your pet's water fresh without having to refill it frequently try Drinkwell by Veterinary Ventures, Inc. This product is the original and only pet fountain with a patented, free-falling stream of water, that is most like the running water pets crave. This fountain aerates continuously moving water to keep it fresh. www.petfountain.com
  • For a pupsicle, try making a KONGsicle. Put a dab of peanut butter or soft cheese in the small end of the KONG toy to plug it. Turn it upside down in a cup. Fill it full with water, chicken broth, canned dog food, or fruit juice and freeze. www.kongcompany.com
  • Warm weather also inevitably means shedding. To help reduce this furry phenomenon, try BYS brewers yeast by Brewers Yeast Specialists. This food supplement helps reduce shedding and naturally promotes and conditions healthy skin and coat. 1-800-693-1217
  • Also try Shed Solution by Farnam Pet Products. This liquid solution enriched with vitamins, minerals and fatty acids reduces shedding and enhances your pet's coat. It can easily be mixed with your pet's food daily. www.farnam.com
  • Petbrella by Molor Products Company makes being outside all day more comfortable for your pet. This portable, lightweight umbrella is great for the park, camping, or for just being outside with your pet. The product comes with a six-foot scotch-guarded cloth umbrella, sturdy steel tie-out stake with swivel and a carrying case. The umbrella has a built-in tilt mechanism, and your pet's lead will not get tangled up in the shelter. www.molor.com
  • An alternative to the Petbrella for spring showers and summer rains, is PetLites Pooch Ponchos by AGL Innovations. These dog raincoats are very convenient. They fold up to fit in your pocket or purse so you can always be prepared for a rainy day. sales@aglinnovations.com
  • To keep your pet shaded from the sun when taking a trip, try the PupHut by Moen IV Products, Inc. Most dogs love to ride in the back of trucks, but it can be dangerous. To protect your pet from the elements or dangerous conditions, PupHut creates a barrier when used with a proper restraint that shades the dog and helps keep him from being thrown from the vehicle. www.puphut.com
  • Another form of protection for dogs from the summer elements great for car or motorcycle rides is Doggles by Doggles. These goggles for dogs have polycarbonate (shatterproof), anti-fog lenses which block 100 percent of UV light and keep out wind and debris. The wrap-around frames completely enclose the eyes with no gaps for stray light or foreign objects. www.doggles.com

  Pet Summer Safety Tips

  • Never leave any pet in a parked vehicle for any period of time
  • Pets can get sunburned too! Make sure to apply sunscreen to their nose and the tips of their ears
  • Be aware that plant food, fertilizer and insecticide can be fatal to your pet. Make sure these products are stored correctly and that your pet is not exposed to an area immediately after these products have been applied
  • Do not let your dog ride in the back of a truck unsecured
  • Make sure your dog is protected from fleas and ticks
  • Keep your dog on a leash for control when walking or running
  • Make sure your dog is always wearing a collar with identification tags
  • Provide plenty of clean water at all times
  • Check with you veterinarian to see if your dog should be taking heartworm prevention medication
  • Always provide adequate shade
  • Avoid walking your dog on hot pavement to avoid burned paws
  • After outdoor activity, check your dogŐs feet for burrs, thorns or rocks.
  • If your pet displays any signs of heat stroke, contact your veterinarian immediately

Founded in 1958, the American Pet Products Association is the nation’s leading not-for-profit trade organization serving the interests of the pet product industry and educating the public on the many joys and health benefits associated with pet ownership. APPA’s membership consists of over 750 companies, which include both small businesses, as well as the nation’s leading pet product companies.