Tips to Make July a Fun Time for Pets


205382_4461940550881_1160270335_nThe beginning of July can be a very tough time for pets. Many people get an early start on Independence Day celebrations with their own fireworks and even gunfire! In my neighborhood the backyard fireworks began as soon as the local fireworks stands went up.

These loud noises can send cats and dogs into a state of panic that often lead them to crash through screens, jump a fence or find another method of escape. There are ways to make July 4th safer and less stressful for pets. It starts with keeping your pet inside as much as possible before and after the holiday. In some extreme cases, check with your veterinarian about tranquilizers to help your pet.IMG_20180408_204911-1

It is smart to take pets out on a leash in the in the early evening, well before nightfall, to avoid noisy fireworks. Please do not take a dog to watch a large community or commercial firework display. This only increases the chances of a pet becoming lost in an unfamiliar area. Keep furry family members safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home.

The Fourth of July and grilling go hand and hand. It may seem like a great idea to reward pets with scraps from the grill. In reality, some festive 4th foods and products can be hazardous to your pets.10363504_10204074765253668_1129290927636256801_n

Any change, even for one meal, can give your pet severe indigestion and diarrhea. This is particularly true for older animals that have more delicate digestive systems and nutritional requirements. And foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes & raisins, salt and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to companion animals. Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them! Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets.

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July 4th trips or any summer outing with your dog may tempt you to help them by sharing your outdoor products. This can be dangerous! Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals. Ingestion of sunscreen products can result in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. The misuse of insect repellent that contains DEET can lead to neurological problems. Have a fun and safe summer with your furry friends.


Thinking Outside the Bar –the Candy Bar

All entrepreneurs are focusing on innovation and the candy industry is no exception.

  A new survey of candy and chocolate experts finds taste buds are tingling for bold new experiences.

The National Confectioners Association’s 2009 Confectionery Industry Trend Report captured the leading six trends that will drive the future of flavor and candy innovations. Susan Whiteside is with the NCA says consumers want more than just taste; “Products with a healthier profile are really going to be driving forces in the next three to five years.” Whiteside predicts we’ll see a global impact on the sweets Americans enjoy.

Whiteside says another trend is that chocolate isn’t just for dessert anymore; “Lots of chefs are taking chocolate and cocoa into the kitchen and using it in savory applications in appetizers or with steak, and chicken, and salmon.  We are seeing lots of innovation on chocolate and flavor combinations. And one combination that’s been very popular are chocolate and smoky flavors like chocolate and bacon, or chocolate and cheese, or even chocolate and mushroom,” added Whiteside.

That is right, she said chocolate and bacon and chocolate and mushroom.  If you want to learn more head to