American Pet Products Association Splashes Into Summer With Travel and Outdoor Safety Tips

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Whether hitting the road, beach or backyard, be sure to take necessary precautions while including pets in all the summer fun

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This summer, ensure pets are safely geared up for summer heat, traveling and outdoor activity. Whether keeping pets home alone during long days -54% of dog owners leave pets home alone while they are at work according to the American Pet Products Association (APPA) 2011/2012 National Pet Owners Survey- or hitting the road, (on average, each dog has been taken on five car trips according to APPA), keep these tips in mind to ensure furry family members enjoy a safe and fun summer.

Keep Cool & Hydrated
With temperatures heating up and pets spending time outdoors, make sure they stay constantly hydrated with fresh water throughout the day. PetSafe Drinkwell fountains feature patent free falling streams of fresh water to entice pets to drink more water and have specific outdoor models. http://www.petsafe.net

Keep Fido Afloat!
Whether spending time in or around the pool, lake or beach, keep dogs safe in floatable life jackets. Should dogs become exhausted or fall into the water, its important that pets remain visible from the shore and boats. EZY Dog has a variety of floatation vests at http://store.ezydog.com/categories/FLOTATION-VESTS/

Buckle Up on the Road
While hitting the road this summer, make sure pets are properly restrained to prevent driver distraction and to keep pets, passengers and other drivers safe. With dogs taking approximately five car trips per year, it’s crucial to keep pooches properly secure and comfortable. Check out travel products before setting out at http://www.Kurgo.com.

Prevent Travel Anxiety
Take the anxiety out of traveling, and make sure pets stay comfortable and calm. A healthy solution for dogs, Richard’s Organics Pet Calm helps settle nerves and reduces hyperactivity before traveling. http://www.synergylabsanimalhealth.com/detail/index.cfm?nPID=42

Keep Paws Safe
With hot pavement and scorching sand, make sure pets’ paws stay protected from burning or stepping on sharp glass or other dangerous objects. Consider fitting Fido’s paws into safe and comfortable booties for protection this summer. http://www.UltraPaws.com
Load up on Toys!
Keep pets busy and entertained during long days and car travels by keeping plenty of toys on hand. Visit http://www.JWPet.com for multiple lines of durable, squeaky, bouncy and tough toys for dogs and http://www.RuffDawg.com for additional retrieving and fetching toys – perfect for beach and park play.

Keep Pets Away from the Grill!
With all the delicious scents in the air, make sure pets stay clear of hot grills and food. Instead, provide dogs with their own tasty treats such as Loving Pets’ Grillicious all-natural meat bites and more. http://www.LovingPetsProducts.com

For additional suggestions, information or products samples, contact Jamie Brant at Jamie(at)TheImpetusAgency(dot)com.
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The American Pet Products Association (APPA) is the leading not-for-profit trade association serving the interests of the pet products industry since 1958. APPA membership includes more than 1,000 pet product manufacturers, their representatives, importers and livestock suppliers, representing both large corporations and growing business enterprises. APPA's mission is to promote, develop and advance pet ownership and the pet product industry and to provide the services necessary to help its members prosper. Visit http://www.americanpetproducts.org for more information.

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