Summertime Safety

Summer is right around the corner! Now is the time to gear up and prepare for those exciting outdoor excursions you love to take with your pet. The wonderful outdoors, while fun, can be dangerous too. Dogs are easily succeptible to dehydration, heat stroke, sunburn and insect bites during the summer. Funny Fur has some great products to prevent and protect your pet from these summertime woes.

Whether it’s a trip to the park, a hiking excursion or a camping trip, the summer heat can get to your dog more quickly than you think. Keep your dog hydrated with a portable water bowl or water bottle. The Handi-Drink Portable Water Bottles are a great choice because it’s a water bottle and a bowl all in one compact product. It even comes with a clip for easy portability.

Another great way to keep dogs cool is with a cooling vest. These lightweight vests are made from a special material that absorbs and retains water while keeping your dog dry. As the water slowly evaporates, it takes the heat around it and keeps your dog’s core temperature regulated. These are especially great for dogs with dark fur. Try the Dog Cooling Vest for smaller dogs and the Ruff Wear Swamp Cooler Cooling Vest for larger dogs.

Another great way to beat the heat is with a delicious and healthy frozen treat. Made with USDA Organic ingredients, Freezy Pups Frozen Treats are an easy to make, refreshing treat. Buy the kit and you’ll get a bone-shaped ice cube tray and one of each flavor mix: Juicy Apple, White Cheddar Cheese, Sweet Potato n’ Maple and Chicken Soup. This is one of our best sellers!

With heat, comes sun damage. Owners with light colored dogs know all too well that dogs can get sunburned too. Our non-toxic SPF 15 Pet Sunscreen is easy to apply, non-irratating and non-oily. Simply spritz and go! A must have for dogs with light colored skin and noses. We must not also forget our pet’s sensitive eyes. A dog hat with a brim is a comfortable way to keep the sun out of their faces. Doggles sunglasses are another option to keep out bright rays, dust, bugs and other eye irritants.

And last, but not least, we have those pesky insects that can make both your life and your dog’s life miserable. Not only are bug bites irritating, itchy and/or painful, but they can transmit deadly diseases too. There are quite a few options out there to keep your dog comfortable. The Dirty & Hairy Outdoor Shampoo and Spray are all natural products infused with citronella to repel bugs. Happy Tails’ Flea the Scene Skin Soothing Insect Spray alleviates itchy and irritated skin; repels fleas, ticks and mosquitoes; and protects against the sun’s harmful rays with a natural sunscreen. Both products are pesticide free and perfectly safe if licked off.

A newer technology called Insect Shield is also great for both you and your dog. These products have a non-toxic and safe insect repellent bound tightly to fabric fibers, resulting in an effective, odorless insect protection. Insect Shield is available in the following products: dog crate, dog pen, dog bed, dog hoodie, dog shirt, bandana and outdoor blanket. As a bonus, you can also use the bandana and blanket for yourself!

It’s important to be prepared when venturing outdoors with your pet. Before heading out, make sure to make a check list for both you and your dog. Keeping your dog safe from heat, sun and insects will be a little easier with these cool pet products from Funny Fur.

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