• Fall Weather Pet Safety Tips

    Posted on September 16th, 2019
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    Fall is almost here! Time for colder weather and snuggling in front of the fire.

    We would like to share some helpful fall pet safety tips from PetHub below:

    • Beware of anti-freeze – Unfortunately anti-freeze is sweet to the taste and tempting for cats and dogs to eat. Please make sure to check your vehicles for antifreeze leaks and keep all bottles stored out of reach of your pets. This can be lethal if ingested.
    • Keep their coat – If you usually shave your pet during the hot summer months, make sure to allow them to start growing out their coat so they can keep warm in the cooler months ahead.
    • Make vacation plans now – If you are planning to be away during the holidays, make sure to book your pet sitter, dog walker, etc. now. The holidays are a busy time and schedules are filling up.
    • Keep holiday treats away – Items such as chocolate, cooked bones, raw bread dough and many fruits and veggies can be dangerous if ingested by your pet. Make sure your pet does not have access to these items.

    Read more at PetHub.com to make sure you are safe this holiday season!

  • New Puppy?

    Posted on July 29th, 2019
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    Puppies are so much fun but are a lot of work!

    If you are thinking of adding a new fun four legged family member, check out our latest blog about feeding your new puppy below from Reviews.com:

    5 Do’s and Don’ts for feeding your new puppy:

    1. Don’t: Buy too much food at once. Most expiration dates on dry dog food bags will tell you that the food will stay good for up to a year in the future. This is a little deceiving: It refers to how long the food will last if the bag stays unopened. Once you break that seal, it will only stay fresh for about 4–6 weeks. To avoid having puppy food going bad, only buy as much food as you think your puppy will go through in a month, and seal the bag shut when it’s not feeding time.
    2. Don’t: Give your puppy human food. As tempting as it might be, it’s never a good idea to give your puppy people food. For one, normalizing human food increases the likelihood that they’ll get their paws on something toxic at some point in their lives. It also teaches them to that they might get a treat when the human plates come out, so they’ll learn to beg any time someone in the house is eating.
    3. Do: Set a regular schedule. Puppies love a good routine. Knowing what to expect will help them transition to their new home, and nothing is more important to this than reliable meals. Try to feed them at the same time every day in the same amounts, and don’t leave food out for more than 10–20 minutes. This will set up good eating habits that will last their whole lives — and help immensely with potty training.
    4. Do: Transition foods gradually.
    5. Because puppies eat the same diet day after day, it can be a real shock to their systems when their diet is changed without warning. If you want to switch over to a new flavor (or if your pup’s ready to make the jump to adult dog food), do it as gradually as possible. Start by mixing the new food in with the old over the course of a week. If your dog shows adverse reactions like loss of appetite or diarrhea, decrease the ratio of new to old food until they adapt to it.
    6. Do: Switch to adult food around one year. When your puppy reaches 90% of their expected adult weight, it’s time to switch to an adult diet. For most breeds, this happens right around their first birthday, although small breeds can hit this mark around 9 months, while it can take as much as two years for “giant” breeds like Saint Bernard’s.

    Check out their blog for more new puppy feeding tips!

  • Keep Ticks Away Naturally

    Posted on July 1st, 2019
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    Tick season is here and they can wreak havoc on you and your pet.

    Check out some natural and safe ways to keep ticks at bay this summer:

    Diatomaceous Earth – Diatomaceous Earth (aka – DE) is a white powder made from the fossilized remains of little aquatic organisms called diatoms, and while it’s completely safe for humans and animals to ingest, it’s deadly for bugs. It damages their exoskeleton and causes them to die of dehydration. Since DE isn’t a poison, ticks can’t grow immune to it, so it remains effective year after year. Apply it to areas around your home and your pets.

    Free Range Chickens – Chickens will eat all sorts of bugs and even ticks too! Let them loose in your yard and they will be a natural pest control solution!

    Garlic – Ticks hate garlic. If you’re planning a camping trip or a hike outside, eat plenty of garlic beforehand to repel ticks.

    Yard Work – Make sure your yard stays mowed and all shrubs trimmed back. Ticks live in high brush and grass areas so the less area available to them, the less you will see ticks!

    Cedar Oil Spray – Cedar oil is a non-toxic, natural tick and insect repellent. It can be sprayed directly on clothing and skin. It is safe for use on humans and pets. Not only does cedar oil repel ticks and other irritating insects, but it kills them. Pick up some cedar oil at your local pet store or online.

  • RV Odor Tips

    Posted on May 31st, 2019
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    Summer is here and it is prime time to venture onto the open road with your family in your motor home or trailer!

    Unfortunately, sometimes some strange odors can linger in your RV and make your trip not so pleasant. Luckily, we have a solution for foul mystery odors that can linger not only in your RV, but your boat as well!

    Check out how you can eliminate stinky smells from your RV and boat:

    How to remove odors from your RV:

    • Hang one bag in bathroom, kitchen area, and bedroom.  Leave a window open for air circulation.
    • Do not set bag in direct sun light.
    • Use 3 canisters or bucket and sprinkle granules on all upholstery and carpet.  Brush granules into carpet.  Leave down 24 hours and vacuum or sweep up.  All RV odors will be completely eliminated.
    • The bags will continue to eliminate new odors for up to 3 months.
    • Works great for: RV skunk odors, RV smoke odors, RV holding tank odor, and RV dead animal odors.
    • Click Here to order the  RV Odor Remover Bundle

    How to remove odors from your boat:

    • Hang one bag in each bilge compartment, the head, the galley, and each cabin.  Some air circulation such as an open hatch is needed.  Do not put the bag directly in standing water or direct sunlight.
    • The bags will continue to eliminate new odors for up to 3 months.
    • Use 3 canisters or bucket and  sprinkle granules on all upholstery and carpet.  Brush granules into carpet.  Leave down 24 hours and vacuum or sweep up.  All odors will be completely eliminated.
    • Works great for boat smoke odors, boat holding tank odors, and boat musty odors.
    • Click Here to order the Boat Odor Remover Bundle
  • Destroy Mystery Odors!

    Posted on April 24th, 2019
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    Trying to search out a bad stink? Sometimes odors appear out of nowhere and it is hard to find out where exactly the odor source is.

    Our Odor Remover Bag works wonders to eliminate mystery odors. Since it doesn’t have to come in direct contact with the odor source, you can hang the bag wherever the odor is the strongest and your odor will disappear within 24 hours!

    • Hang 2 bags in every room you smell the odor.  If the room is larger than 100 square feet add an additional bag for every 100 square feet. 
    • If you think the odor is in the carpet or on furniture, sprinkle the Earth Care granules on the carpet and or furniture, leave down 24 hours and vacuum up. 

    Check out some of our tips to eliminating various odors:

    Dead animal odors such as a rodent in the wall: Simply hang the bag near the odor and in 24 hours the odor will be gone. Earth Care acts like a magnet by attracting and neutralizing smells. If you can get a bag into the attic that is also ideal.

    Dog and cat urine odors: Just sprinkle our Cat Urine Odor Remover granules on top of the carpet leave on overnight and vacuum in the morning and the odor is completely eliminated. Works well on all surfaces pulling the odors out of tile and concrete. Will completely eliminate odors from your litter box as well – no one will know you have a litter box in the house!

    Earth Care is an all natural odor remover,  is non toxic and biodegradable and safe for Planet Earth. It is also safe around children and pets. Earth Care absorbs dead animal odors rather than masking them with a fragrance.

  • New To The Dog World?

    Posted on March 11th, 2019
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    Dogs make the best companions and can bring so much joy to you and your family. If you are looking to adopt a dog, please check out these helpful tips for new dog owners:

    • Make Sure Your Dog Gets Enough Exercise: Dogs need exercise to burn calories, stimulate their minds, and stay healthy. Individual exercise needs vary based on breed or breed mix, sex, age and level of health. Exercise also tends to help dogs avoid boredom, which can lead to destructive behaviors. Supervised fun and games will satisfy many of your pet’s instinctual urges to dig, herd, chew, retrieve and chase. From the ASPCA.
    • Make Sure Your Dog Can Be Found If Lost: Every pet should always wear a collar that sports an identification tag with your name, telephone number and address. It is a fact of life that dogs can sometimes get out of their houses or yards, and may need a little help getting back home. If your dog’s got some sort of identification, it will greatly increase the chances that he will be returned safely to you.
      Source: DogTime
    • Regular Vet Visits: Preventive care is important because a vet can help detect and sometimes prevent a disease or life-threatening illness from reaching an advanced stage, saving you and your pet from needless suffering and a larger financial burden.  Take your dog to the vet for a full check-up, vaccines, and a heartworm test every year. At the annual exam, your vet will also take a fecal sample to check for intestinal parasites, and give a deworming medication if necessary. Your vet should also prescribe you a heartworm prevention medication that is generally administered by mouth once a month. Source: FidosFavorites

    Check FidosFavorites for the ultimate guide to basic dog care!

  • Springtime Activities With Your Pup!

    Posted on March 5th, 2019
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    Looking for some fun activities to do outside this springtime? Here are some great suggestions:

    Go swimming – Many dogs love spending time in the water. This is the perfect activity for a hot spring day. Whether you are near the beach or near a river, you can spend quality time splashing around with your dog. We always recommend having your dog wear a life jacket for his/her protection!

    Become running partners – Workouts are a no-brainer. If you love to go out for a run, then you can make your dog to be your running partner also. On the other side, if you have a tough time getting up and going out than you can use your pet friend as a motivation. This will be beneficial for both you and your dog’s health. It doesn’t have to be a run; fast-paced walking is as good, just find some nice shoes for you and a quality harness that it is comfortable for your dog and you are good to go.

    Find a new park – Free afternoons or weekends in the spring are meant for exploring. Make a point to divert from your usual route and find a new park full of sticks, trees and grass to explore.

    Enjoy date night – If your local bar or favorite restaurant allows it, let your pup tag along for date night and take a seat outside to enjoy the scene. Your dog will be thrilled to keep you company as you eat and won’t need anything more than a fresh bowl of water, and maybe a treat every now and again, to enjoy people watching on the street.

    Do some spring cleaning – If you haven’t already started this year’s spring cleaning, take those old raggedy shirts out from the bottom of your dressers and tie them together for a giant tug-toy! Go out and have an epic game of tug-of-war with your pup.

  • Keep Pets Safe This New Year’s Eve!

    Posted on December 26th, 2018
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    New Year’s can be fun for all family members!

    Check out some helpful tips from the ASPCA about celebrating New Year’s safely with your pets:

    Keep an Eye on the Alcohol (and Other Substances) – New Year’s Eve is a unique holiday, and it’s one time of year when a large number of pets get into alcohol. Alcohol ingestion in pets can lead to depression, unsteady walking, vomiting, and in severe cases, a serious drop in blood pressure and body temperature. Just one mixed drink can be fatal for a small dog. What’s more, pets (dogs in particular) love to sniff out seasonal chocolates that may be filled with alcohol—so be sure to keep any and all alcoholic substances safely out of paws’ reach.

    Be careful of fireworks – While the Fourth of July is biggest holiday for fireworks, the APCC does receive a large number of calls about these potentially frightening noisemakers on New Year’s Eve. Not only will you want to ensure that your pet has a safe, comfortable place to find sanctuary away from the booming sounds of fireworks, but you should also remember that dogs will eat anything—even if does not seem like it would taste good! Be sure to monitor poppers, noisemakers and explosives before, during and after displays, and always keep a close eye on your pet to prevent any potential problems.  

    Don’t be Taken by Surprise – You may be planning a night out with family and friends to celebrate the oncoming New Year, which means that your pet might be home alone with loud, confusing noises coming from outside. Before you go out, do a quick double check around the house to make sure that all exits are secured, and do what you can to make your pet feel comfortable and safe in your home. Don’t Forget to Have Fun! 

    While we want you to be prepared for any potential dangers, we also want to make sure you have fun with your favorite furry friends as you wave goodbye to 2017 and say hello to 2018. Below is a list of activities you can try with your pet for a fun celebration:

    • Don your dapper apparel. Dress up with your pet to make for a very Instagram-worthy New Year’s Eve. 
    • Cuddle up for a movie marathon. This is the perfect activity for those looking for a comfortable night in. 
    • Have a baking party. Invite some of your friends and their furry friends over and have fun baking some pet-friendly treats. 
    • Watch the ball drop together! What better way to ring in the New Year than with kisses from your favorite furry friend? 

    Stay safe this holiday season, and if you fear that your pet has ingested a potentially dangerous ingredient or object, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888)-426-4435 right away.

    Credit: ASPCA

  • Holiday Dog Treat Recipes

    Posted on December 3rd, 2018
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    Want to make your pet something yummy for the Holidays?

    Check out these great holiday treat recipe collections for your pets. Want to go above and beyond this holiday season? Why not make up some treats for your local shelter and deliver them this holiday season.

    Apple Mint Christmas Dog Bones – Tasty apple treats with mint added to them to freshen breath and add in your pets digestion.

    Candy Cane Dog Treats – A couple extra steps to make the candy cane shape, these cute and festive dog treats are sure to be a hit!

    Gingerbread Pup Cookies – Super simple recipe that you can double or triple easily for multiple pets or other four legged friends who also deserve a treat! These cookies can even be frosted with yogurt chips.

    Nutty Bacon Dog Treats – Who doesn’t love bacon?? We’re sure your pup will love these bacon and peanut butter filled treats. Simple and easy to follow recipe, so make sure to check the out!

    Note! Most of these recipes do not contain preservatives so make sure to keep them refrigerated and toss out any old cookies as to not make your pets sick.

  • Colder Weather Pet Safety Tips

    Posted on November 2nd, 2018
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    The colder weather is upon us, Clear The Air would like to share some cold weather safety tips for your pets from the ASPCA.

    Exposure to winter’s dry, cold air and chilly rain, sleet and snow can cause chapped paws and itchy, flaking skin, but these aren’t the only discomforts pets can suffer.

    Winter walks can even be dangerous from exposure to ice-melting agents if they are licked off bare paws.

    Here are some helpful tips for keeping your pets safe this winter from the ASPCA:

    • Repeatedly coming out of the cold into the dry heat of your home can cause itchy, flaking skin. Keep your home humidified and towel dry your pet as soon as he comes inside, paying special attention to his feet and in-between the toes. Remove any snow balls from between his foot pads.
    • Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth. If your dog is long-haired, simply trim him to minimize the clinging ice balls, salt crystals and de-icing chemicals that can dry his skin, and don’t neglect the hair between his toes. If your dog is short-haired, consider getting him a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly. For many dogs, this is regulation winter wear.
    • Bring a towel on long walks to clean off stinging, irritated paws. After each walk, wash and dry your pet’s feet and stomach to remove ice, salt and chemicals—and check for cracks in paw pads or redness between the toes.
    • Bathe your pets as little as possible during cold spells. Washing too often can remove essential oils and increase the chance of developing dry, flaky skin. If your pooch must be bathed, ask your vet to recommend a moisturizing shampoo and/or rinse.
    • Massaging petroleum jelly or other paw protectants into paw pads before going outside can help protect from salt and chemical agents. Booties provide even more coverage and can also prevent sand and salt from getting lodged between bare toes and causing irritation. Use pet-friendly ice melts whenever possible.
    • Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol.
    • Pets burn extra energy by trying to stay warm in wintertime. Feeding your pet a little bit more during the cold weather months can provide much-needed calories, and making sure she has plenty of water to drink will help keep her well-hydrated and her skin less dry.
    • Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.
    • Remember, if it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet, so keep your animals inside. If left outdoors, pets can freeze, become disoriented, lost, stolen, injured or killed. In addition, don’t leave pets alone in a car during cold weather, as cars can act as refrigerators that hold in the cold and cause animals to freeze to death.

    Information provided by ASPCA: Cold Weather Pet Safety Tips