Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Make it a Priority to Protect Your Dog from Fleas and Tapeworms with #SentinelSpectrum



This post is sponsored by Virbac® SENTINEL® SPECTRUM® and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated to help create awareness about protection against common parasites found in dogs but we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. More information about SENTINEL SPECTRUM. Virbac is not responsible for the content of this article.

Recently, we shared some great reasons why it's so important to protect your pups year-round from parasites like heartworms, fleas and more. Not only does it help protect your dog from health problems caused by parasites, but it also helps keep these nasty bugs from setting up camp in your house.

In a recent survey conducted by Virbac® SENTINEL® SPECTRUM®, dog owners like you were asked about parasite protection and what it means to you. The findings were encouraging AND eye opening.

While an overwhelming majority of you said that protecting your dog from heartworms and fleas is a high or very high priority, 20 percent said you only protect against fleas in the spring and summer months.

THAT can be a big problem and here's why.  Year-round parasite protection is super important and not just for heartworms. Fleas can set up camp in your house and survive for up to year before every finding a host. So don't let them find a suitable host.

Protect your pup year-round!

You might only see fleas during the warmer months, but the thing is, the fleas you see are only a small portion of the population. It's those unseen fleas that can cause BIG problems down the road.  And once you have a flea problem, it can take months to get it under control.

So protect your pup!

Tapeworms are another parasite that dogs can get as a result of ingesting fleas during self grooming, in response to a flea bit or from ingesting a dead animal. Tapeworm infections are usually diagnosed by finding segments which appear as small white worms on the rear end of your dog, in your dog's feces, or where you dog lives and sleeps. Uck!

Sentinel Spectrum can help by controlling fleas, tapeworm, heartworms and other parasites. Lufenuron, a unique ingredient found in Sentinel Brand products, prevents fleas from developing into adults, preventing infestation before it starts.  It's not light sensitive, and, since it's a chew, it can't be washed off... perfect for active dogs and long-haired dogs like Rocco! 

Rocco's protected with Sentinel Spectrum year round!

The results of the Sentinel Spectrum Parasite Survey are in!

The great news is that most of you who took the survey are diligent about protecting your pups from parasites and you know your stuff when it comes to fleas and heartworms. 
However, there's always room for more awareness when it comes to protecting our pups and keeping them healthy and happy. Here's a look at some of the survey results:
  • 80% of respondents said that heartworm protection was either a high or very high priority to them as pet parents.
  • 84% of respondents said that flea protection was either a high or very high priority for them as a pet parent.
  • 79% of respondents said that they provide their dog flea prevention all year long whereas 20% said that they only provide flea prevention during the spring and summer months.
  • 70% of respondents said that a dog can contract tapeworms from ingesting just one infested flea.
  • 90% of respondents said that tapeworm segments can be found near a dog's anus, in feces and/or where he lives and sleeps.



Want to know more about protecting your dog from parasites? Learn more about parasites and what to do about them here, and then ask your veterinarian if Sentinel Spectrum is right for your dog. 


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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Virbac® SENTINEL® SPECTRUM®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Fido's Freebie Friday Goes to the Beach

Dogs North Avenue Beach Chicago Rocco Havanese
Rocco enjoys a romp on North Avenue Beach in Chicago
Last weekend we headed back to Chicago for some fun with family and friends that included some good beach time for Rocco and me!  Rocco loves the sand and surf and thoroughly enjoyed some zoom time on the Lake Michigan beachfront.

We hope you're enjoying your first days of summer like we are. It's also a great time to check out Fido's Freebie Friday, the weekly blog hop for pet-related giveaways!

Check out the goodies in the Fido's Freebie Friday giveaways listed below. You can enter them all or add your own! We make it easy by linking them up all in one place.

Here's how to participate


The rules for Fido's Freebie Friday are super simple. Here's all you need to know to link up:
  • You have up to 45 characters to describe your prize and include an end date
  • Fido's Freebie Friday Blog Hop is open to posts with prizes for pet products or servicesincluding pet-related or pet-themed items for owners. Use your specific post url to link up.
  • Or simply enter the giveaways that interest you for a chance to win some fabulous prizes!
Fido's Freebie Friday opens each Thursday afternoon for linkups at 4 p.m. ET, and renews each week at the same time with a new listing. Link up anytime during the week!

Your hosts are DogTipperCatTipper and To Dog With Love.

Good luck!




Individual rules of entry and guidelines for winning may apply to each listing. DogTipper, CatTipper and To Dog With Love take no responsibility for the legality of the rules governing the listings on other sites and giveaways that are posted here. We simply provide this forum as a gathering place for pet products to be offered. Fulfillment of each giveaway is done by the blog conducting the giveaway, not by the hosts of this giveaway hop; please contact the giveaway host with any questions regarding a giveaway or giveaway prize.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Tips for Healthy Weight, Healthy Life For Your Dog & Giveaway

Hiking Brasstown Bald with Rocco Havanese dog
A healthy lifestyle and portion control keeps Rocco at his fighting weight
This post and giveaway is sponsored by Purina. As always, we only share information we think our readers will enjoy.

More than half the dogs and cats in the Unites States are overweight or obese, a statistic we've become all to familiar with in the last few years. 

Yet with all the hype about pet obesity, it amazes us that so many people still don't know that their Fluffy or Fido is overweight. And that's pretty scary when you consider what a few extra pounds can mean for the health of your pup or kitty.

In a groundbreaking 14-year Purina study, findings showed that feeding dogs so that they have the proper proportion of fat to muscle (ideal body condition) throughout their lives can significantly extend a dog's healthy years by an average of 1.8 years for the dogs in the study.

Fortunately, weight is a condition that can be managed with a low calorie, low fat diet fed at the right amount, combined with adopting some healthy habits. Purina® ProPlan® Veterinary Diets offers these tips on healthy living and how to properly assess your dog or cat’s weight.

1. CHECK FOR OBESITY
How do you know if your dog is overweight? Start with a Healthy Hug! A simple rib check is a great way to determine if your dog has a weight issue—and it’s a great excuse to give him an extra hug today. Consult your veterinarian about whether a weight management program is right for your dog.



2.     FOLLOW A NUTRITION PLAN
You and your veterinarian can create a nutrition plan that feeds your dog to his ideal body condition. Refer to the feeding guidelines on your package and adjust feeding amounts as necessary based on your dog’s activity level and body condition change.

3.     MEASURE EACH SERVING
Don’t just fill up your dog’s bowl at each feeding. Follow feeding guidelines to give your dog the proper-size serving for his ideal body condition.

4.     LIMIT TREATS
Shower your dog with love and attention instead of too many high-calorie treats, especially table scraps. Be mindful of the quality and quantity of treats you feed each day—calories add up quickly.

5.     GET MOVING
Daily exercise is one of the keys to your dog’s health. Just 20 minutes of walking or playing fetch each day can help keep your dog fit. Be sure to check with your veterinarian before changing your dog’s exercise routine

 

Eating Healthy


Even if your dog is overweight, there’s still time to implement a safe, effective weight loss program with Purina® Pro Plan® Veterinary Diets OM Overweight Management® Canine Formulas. These specialized formulas contain a high level of protein to help your adult dog lose fat while maintaining lean muscle mass.

And, there's a formula for cats, too.

For more info visit:


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One lucky winner will receive a coupon for a free bag of Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets OM Overweight Management to help your dog or cat get to his ideal weight.  NOTE: coupon will need to be redeemed at a vet clinic. Value up to $60.

Enter via the giveaway widget below. Good luck!


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Fido's Freebie Friday With Friends

Three Havanese in different colors sable brindle gold white
Rocco with his Havanese pals Nicky and Sophie
This past week was super hot in Atlanta so we didn't spend too much time outside. Good thing Rocco's Havanese pals came over to play.  They spent more time playing chase indoors, but we did take a quick outdoor break for this photo shoot. 

People often ask me about Rocco's coloring and they're surprised to find out that Havanese come in so many colors. You can see Rocco and his pals Nicky and Sophie are very different but all delightful little Havanese! 

When you're taking a break from the heat, check out Fido's Freebie Friday, the weekly blog hop for pet-related giveaways!

Check out the goodies in the Fido's Freebie Friday giveaways listed below. You can enter them all or add your own! We make it easy by linking them up all in one place.

Here's how to participate


The rules for Fido's Freebie Friday are super simple. Here's all you need to know to link up:
  • You have up to 45 characters to describe your prize and include an end date
  • Fido's Freebie Friday Blog Hop is open to posts with prizes for pet products or servicesincluding pet-related or pet-themed items for owners. Use your specific post url to link up.
  • Or simply enter the giveaways that interest you for a chance to win some fabulous prizes!
Fido's Freebie Friday opens each Thursday afternoon for linkups at 4 p.m. ET, and renews each week at the same time with a new listing. Link up anytime during the week!

Your hosts are DogTipperCatTipper and To Dog With Love.

Good luck!



Individual rules of entry and guidelines for winning may apply to each listing. DogTipper, CatTipper and To Dog With Love take no responsibility for the legality of the rules governing the listings on other sites and giveaways that are posted here. We simply provide this forum as a gathering place for pet products to be offered. Fulfillment of each giveaway is done by the blog conducting the giveaway, not by the hosts of this giveaway hop; please contact the giveaway host with any questions regarding a giveaway or giveaway prize.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Fido's Freebie Friday Hiking With Dogs Edition

Rocco Havanese dog hiking Unicoi State Park Lake Loop Trail
Rocco had a great time hiking the Lake Loop Trail at Unicoi State Park in Georgia last weekend
It's time again for Fido's Freebie Friday, the weekly blog hop for pet-related giveaways!

Last weekend we headed up to Unicoi State Park near Helen, Georgia where we did some hiking, listened to mountain music and made s'mores. Yum!

We hope you have plans for some fun activities this weekend! In the meantime, check out all the goodies in the Fido's Freebie Friday giveaways listed below.

You can enter them all or add your own! We make it easy by linking them up all in one place.

Here's how to participate


The rules for Fido's Freebie Friday are super simple. Here's all you need to know to link up:
  • You have up to 45 characters to describe your prize and include an end date
  • Fido's Freebie Friday Blog Hop is open to posts with prizes for pet products or servicesincluding pet-related or pet-themed items for owners. Use your specific post url to link up.
  • Or simply enter the giveaways that interest you for a chance to win some fabulous prizes!
Fido's Freebie Friday opens each Thursday afternoon for linkups at 4 p.m. ET, and renews each week at the same time with a new listing. Link up anytime during the week!

Your hosts are DogTipperCatTipper and To Dog With Love.

Good luck!




Individual rules of entry and guidelines for winning may apply to each listing. DogTipper, CatTipper and To Dog With Love take no responsibility for the legality of the rules governing the listings on other sites and giveaways that are posted here. We simply provide this forum as a gathering place for pet products to be offered. Fulfillment of each giveaway is done by the blog conducting the giveaway, not by the hosts of this giveaway hop; please contact the giveaway host with any questions regarding a giveaway or giveaway prize.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Take a hike with Fido's Freebie Friday

At Red Top Mountain, Rocco and his pals look forward to National Trails Day and Georgia State Parks Tails on Trails
Rocco and his pals Gracie, Johann and Rach strike a pose at Red Top Mountain State Park
It's time again for Fido's Freebie Friday, the weekly blog hop for pet-related giveaways!

We've been busy planning some hiking outings and it's the perfect time with National Trails Day coming up on June 4, celebrating America's 200,000 miles of trails and the benefits they provide us. 

June 4 is also the kickoff day for Georgia State Parks' Tails on Trails Club, a new dog walking club that challenges pups and their people to explore specific trails at seven Georgia State Parks. What fun! We hope to do them all!

We hope you get outside and have some fun this weekend! In the meantime, check out all the goodies in the Fido's Freebie Friday giveaways listed below.

You can enter them all or add your own! We make it easy by linking them up all in one place.

Here's how to participate


The rules for Fido's Freebie Friday are super simple. Here's all you need to know to link up:
  • You have up to 45 characters to describe your prize and include an end date
  • Fido's Freebie Friday Blog Hop is open to posts with prizes for pet products or servicesincluding pet-related or pet-themed items for owners. Use your specific post url to link up.
  • Or simply enter the giveaways that interest you for a chance to win some fabulous prizes!
Fido's Freebie Friday opens each Thursday afternoon for linkups at 4 p.m. ET, and renews each week at the same time with a new listing. Link up anytime during the week!

Your hosts are DogTipperCatTipper and To Dog With Love.

Good luck!




Individual rules of entry and guidelines for winning may apply to each listing. DogTipper, CatTipper and To Dog With Love take no responsibility for the legality of the rules governing the listings on other sites and giveaways that are posted here. We simply provide this forum as a gathering place for pet products to be offered. Fulfillment of each giveaway is done by the blog conducting the giveaway, not by the hosts of this giveaway hop; please contact the giveaway host with any questions regarding a giveaway or giveaway prize.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Fido's Freebie Friday Gets Ready for Memorial Day

Rocco Havanese flowers

It's time again for Fido's Freebie Friday, the weekly blog hop for pet-related giveaways!

It's Memorial Day weekend in the U.S, and that means we'll take time out to honor those men and women who died while serving in our country's military. It also marks the unofficial start of summer  which means we have a full weekend planned with hiking, gardening and picnics! 


When you take a break from your holiday weekend plans, check out all the goodies in the Fido's Freebie Friday giveaways listed below.

You can enter them all or add your own! We make it easy by linking them up all in one place.

Here's how to participate


The rules for Fido's Freebie Friday are super simple. Here's all you need to know to link up:
  • You have up to 45 characters to describe your prize and include an end date
  • Fido's Freebie Friday Blog Hop is open to posts with prizes for pet products or servicesincluding pet-related or pet-themed items for owners. Use your specific post url to link up.
  • Or simply enter the giveaways that interest you for a chance to win some fabulous prizes!
Fido's Freebie Friday opens each Thursday afternoon for linkups at 4 p.m. ET, and renews each week at the same time with a new listing. Link up anytime during the week!

Your hosts are DogTipperCatTipper and To Dog With Love.

Good luck!




Individual rules of entry and guidelines for winning may apply to each listing. DogTipper, CatTipper and To Dog With Love take no responsibility for the legality of the rules governing the listings on other sites and giveaways that are posted here. We simply provide this forum as a gathering place for pet products to be offered. Fulfillment of each giveaway is done by the blog conducting the giveaway, not by the hosts of this giveaway hop; please contact the giveaway host with any questions regarding a giveaway or giveaway prize.

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