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.DSCN1632BucaneerStatePark

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.

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.236504

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. 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.

Champ chow Alvin

Chow ready to chow down!

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.

236506

Fashions, Food, Fun, & Football –All Part of Super Bowl Sunday

Football enthusiasts across the country are gearing up for one of their favorite days of the year: Super Bowl Sunday. According to a survey conducted by BIGresearch, an estimated 167 million adults will watch the game this year, up from 158 million last year!

Sunday’s showdown is the Pittsburgh Steelers’ seventh trip to the Super Bowl and the first Super Bowl for the Arizona Cardinals.  But it is not just the football attracting fans on Super Sunday; there is also food, funny ads, and this year football fashion!  That’s right I said, FASHION.

Gone are the days when NFL might as well have stood for ‘No Fashions for Ladies!’  Frustration with a lack of stylish fashions for female fans of the game led one actress to take on a new role as fashion designer and entrepreneur.  SBTV.com caught up with Alyssa Milano who is working with the NFL, NHL, and MLB to create fashionable fan wear.  Click here to see a streaming video with actress and business owner Milano and some of her fashions.

Grilling is a big part of many football parties.   One inventor found a way to give football fans or anyone taking their party on the road a new way to heat up the celebration!  Click here to see an exclusive SBTV.com video.

So which do you look forward most on Super Bowl Sunday:  the food, the food, the fashions?

Please let me know what part of game day you rate tops!