Tips and Tricks for Beating the Summer Heat with your furry friends!

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The warm weather has officially arrived! Temperatures are in the 90’s and it’s easy for us humans to park ourselves in front of the AC or take a cold shower, but cooling off isn’t as easy for our pets!

Here are some tips for helping your four legged friends stay cool this summer!

 

  1. Seize the shade!

Your pets can become easily dehydrated. Whether you’re in the backyard or at the park, make sure your pet has plenty of areas where they can get out of the sun and cool down in the shade. Bringing along a portable water dish and a bottle of water are a great and easy way to keep your pup hydrated. If you decide to enjoy one of the outdoor dining experiences that Philadelphia has to offer, opt for a table in the shade so your pup can stay cool and ask for a dish of water.

 

  1. Know the signs

Our dogs can’t sweat like we can. So when the temperature begins to climb, our pups start to pant. Panting is normal in warm weather or when your dog is exercising, but it is important to know the signs to determine if your pup is just cooling off, or in danger. An overheated pet can show different symptoms including excessive panting, rapid heart rate and drooling. In some cases animals can also have diarrhea and vomit. Dogs with flat faces and short snouts are more at risk for heatstroke because they cannot pant as well as other dogs. Let your dog be the judge of the heat. If you take your dog out, they will let you know if their long walk needs to be a bit shorter and is ready to head home. Humidity is also a factor. Even if the temperature may not be at its peak, strong humidity can also make it harder for your pup to cool down.

  1. Stop the parking!

A parked car, even with a window down, can quickly become a hot box of danger for your dog (and humans!) So when you can, take your pup along with you, or if you have someone else in the car, let them stay with the dog outside while you run errands

  1. Avoid the big bang

Animals can get spooked by loud noises just like us. When you head out for 4th of July activities, it’s best to leave your pets at home. Never use fireworks around your animal, they can look a lot like toys or sticks and many contain things that can be harmful for your pet.

  1. Sizzling cement

Just like dog’s feet are sensitive to extreme cold in the winter snow, their paws are also sensitive to the hot pavement. If you can’t leave your hand on the pavement without pulling it away from the heat, chances are your pups paws can’t either. Opt for walking in the shade and on grass or dirt that will be cooler. For dogs with especially sensitive paws, the boots they wear in winter are also made for the summer. They help protect from the cold snow, but can also prevent burns and blisters on your dogs paws.

  1. Get creative

Don’t rely on just the AC on those hot summer days. Try out a DIY peanut butter popsicle, or add chicken or beef brother to water to make some tasty ice cubes. There are also products such as vests and mats to help your dog keep cool.

Trust your pet’s instincts. Just like us humans, they know when they’re just too hot and ill let you know! Enjoy the summer sun with your pet. Whether it’s at the park or pool, or the ocean and a campground.

Be safe and have fun!

 

Philly Pet Happenings

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Ahhhh… Spring is here and summer’s not too far behind! Tis the season of outdoor festivities and our lovely city has so many to offer during this time of the year. There’s something going on nearly every weekend, catering to just about every group possible — pets and pet lovers included! There are lots of pet-related events coming up, especially during the next few weekends. Grab your pups and check ’em out!:

Sunday, May 17: Citizens for A No-Kill Philadelphia’s Super Adoption Day

Featuring pet adoptions, vendors, food, special guests and more! Free parking, too!

When: Sunday, May 17; 11am-4pm

Where: The Piazza (1001 N. 2nd Street)

Click HERE for more information

 

Sunday, May 17: Ryerss Petapalooza

Featuring pet adoptions, food, a pet parade and more!

When: Sunday, May 17; 11am-2pm

Where: Ryerss Museum & Library/Burholme Park (7370 Central Avenue)

Click HERE for more information

 

Sunday, May 17: Morris Animal Refuge’s Family Fun Day

Featuring pet adoptions, food, live music, vendors, kids activities and more!

When: Sunday, May 17; 10:30am-2:30pm

Where: Lloyd Hall Patio — Kelly Drive (1 Boathouse Row)

Click HERE for more information

 

Wednesday, May 20: Philly Loves PAWS Day (this is not a festival, but it’s a great opportunity to help animals!)

Shop and dine all day at participating businesses and 10% of your purchase will be donated to PAWS — a personal favorite of ours!

When: Wednesday, May 20

Click HERE for more information and a list of participating businesses.

 

Saturday, May 30: The Spayed Club’s Dog Jog & Community Pet Fair

Featuring pet adoptions, food, vendors, animal blessings, kids activities and more!

When: Saturday, May 30; 7:30am: Dog Jog registration/9am-1pm: Pet Fair

Where: Reeves Park, Phoenixville

Click HERE for more information

 

Sunday, May 31: World of Animals’ Sunday Funday

Featuring pet adoptions, food, vendors, K9 Unit and agility demonstrations, kids activities and more! *All proceeds benefit Red Paw Emergency Relief Team

When: Sunday, May 31; 10am-3pm

Where: 3258 Knights Road, Bensalem

Click HERE for more information

 

Looking ahead…

August 22: ACCT’s Duck Dash

Details TBD. Click HERE for more information.

 

October 3: Monster Milers Rescue Run 5k

Lace up your sneaks and run for a great cause! Dogs are prohibited from running in the race, but are welcome to enjoy the post-race Rescue Rally.

When: Saturday, October 3; 8:30am: registration opens/10am: race start time

Where: The Navy Yard

Click HERE for more information

 

October 24: 9th Annual PAWS Mutt Strut

Details TBD. Click HERE for more information.

 

Please come out and show your support for these awesome organizations! They are doing wonderful things for the animals of Philadelphia!

Gifts that Give Back

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The holiday rush is here! As you’re trimming the tree, decking the halls, fa-la-la-ing and shopping ’til you drop, keep in mind that it’s not only the season of giving, but of giving back, as well. If you’ve got some animal-lovers on your shopping list, are on the lookout for something exciting for your own pets, or maybe want to treat yourself to something new, check out the awesome companies below. They offer wonderful products for both humans and animals and each gives back to animals in need.

  • Rescue Chocolate: Seriously — who doesn’t love chocolate!? Rescue Chocolate offers an array of delectable chocolate confections (With adorable names, we might add!) and gives back 100% of its profits to animal rescues around the country. Rescue Chocolate products are available online and at select retailers. All products are vegan, kosher, organic and made with fair-trade ingredients.
  • Dog for Dog: This company, specializing in all-natural food and treats for dogs, operates on a “one-for-one” business model. You buy one, they give one. They are available online, as well as at many retail locations throughout the country. Buy your dog a treat or two for his stocking and know that your purchase is providing the same for another dog in need.
  • The Animal Rescue Site: This is a one-stop shop for all the animal-lovers on your shopping list. Here, you’ll find everything from jewelry and apparel to home decor and trinkets. A portion of sales and 100% of the site’s sponsor advertising fees are donated to programs that help homeless animals.
  • BarkBox: If you really want to spoil your dog this holiday, sign her up for a BarkBox subscription! Each month, she’ll receive a box full of goodies to keep her happy and entertained. The best part? BarkBox is all about giving back. They give a portion of their proceeds to animal charities and donate more than 1,000 BarkBoxes each year.
  • ASPCA Store: The online store of the ASPCA, one of the oldest animal-welfare organizations in the country, offers something for everyone — whether they’re four legged or two-legged. Proceeds from sales go to fund their life-saving programs.
  • Be Pawsitive: Like Dog for Dog, Be Pawsitive also operates on a one-for-one platform. They offer yummy treats for dogs and have an option for monthly subscriptions and when you buy from them, they donate product to animal shelters and rescues across the country. All treats are organic and wheat-free.
  • Thrift for Tails: Located right here in Philadelphia, Thrift for Tails is a pet-specific thrift shop, run by Street Tails Animal Rescue, which funnels all profits back into the rescue. Pick up some gently-used stuff for your pet this holiday at a nice discount and help animals at the same time! We love this concept!! The shop is always looking for donations of gently-used pet items, so if you have some stuff you’d like to get rid of, contact Thrift for Tails to find out how to donate.

Have we sparked your interest at all? Maybe given you some gift ideas for your pets or animal-lovers on your shopping list? We sure hope we have! Now… Go do some shopping! It’s for a good cause! 🙂

All of us here at Philly Pet Care wish you, your families and your pets a very happy and healthy holiday season!!

Places We Love: PAWS Old City

Philadelphia is home to some pretty awesome places. From historical sights to spacious parks and exceptional dining and recreation options, Philly has something for everyone — pets included! This post marks the first in our “Places We Love” series, which will feature spots throughout the city that we think deserve your recognition. First up: PAWS Old City!

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Adopting a pet is a wonderful thing and is the ultimate win-win situation. You get a loving, new family member, and your adopted pet gets a new lease on life. We think adoption should be everyone’s first option when considering bringing a pet into the family, but we know how daunting it can be to step foot in an animal shelter. That is, unless, we’re talking about the PAWS Old City location.

The Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) shelter in Old City is not your typical animal shelter. You will not find row upon row of barking, anxious dogs or stacks of cats in cold-looking cages.

Not here.

Instead, this forward-thinking, boutique-style shelter displays its adoptables with their comfort in mind. Dogs and puppies are limited to only a few at a time and all are given private rooms which offer views of the outside. Cats and kittens live in community rooms which cater to their distinct personalities and preferences.

The results? Happier animals, a more pleasant experience for visitors and most importantly, a positive adoption rate. PAWS, the city’s largest no-kill animal shelter, operates two adoption centers (their second location is in the Northeast) and a wellness clinic. Through their tireless efforts, they place hundreds of animals in new, loving homes each year and help to improve the lives of the cats and dogs of Philadelphia.

We think that PAWS Old City rocks! We love that their unique shelter environment paints a more pleasant picture of animal shelters than the cold, dark, noisy places that they are sometimes portrayed to be and of course, we love that they’re helping our animal friends!

PAWS Old City is located at 100 North 2nd Street (on the corner of 2nd and Arch Streets) and is open seven days a week. They rely heavily on volunteers to do their life-saving work, so if you’ve ever wanted to make a difference in the lives of animals, consider volunteering with PAWS.

Has anyone been to the PAWS Old City location to visit or volunteer with the adoptable cats and dogs? Tell us about your experience!

7 Cool, Dog-Friendly Hangout Spots in the City

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Fall is here which means lots of beautiful, sunny days and cool, crisp nights are in store. It’s the perfect time of year to spend some time outdoors with your pups and the city has a ton of cool, dog-friendly hangout spots where you can meet up with friends (two and four-legged!) or just relax with your pooch to take in all the beauty that this season has to offer. Here are seven spots worth checking out:

El Camino Real, located in Northern Liberties’ (very dog-friendly!) Piazza at Schmidts is a hot gathering spot for cool, refreshing margaritas and delicious Tex-Mex fare. Their outside patio is dog-friendly and is a great spot for people- and pooch-watching! Olé!

The Abbaye is the spot for great, seasonal beer selections and tasty, made-from-scratch (and definitely not your average!) bar food. Dogs are welcomed with open arms and an endless supply of refreshing H20. Read about one dog’s trip to The Abbaye (along with a few other cool Philly spots), here.

White Dog Cafe in University City (there’s a second location in Wayne) boasts fresh, environmentally-sustainable ingredients to offer a one-of-a-kind “farm to table” dining experience. Dogs are welcome in the outdoor dining area, so bring your canine pal and enjoy a delicious brunch, lunch, dinner or happy hour!

Old City’s FARMiCiA offers diners a fun, eclectic and delicious dining experience. Creative dishes, designed to please everyone, including a great vegetarian and vegan selection, are created with local, seasonal ingredients. Fido won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to check out this awesome place, either!

Rouge is a popular dining and meetup destination in Rittenhouse Square — and for good reasons. The bistro fare has earned a reputation as some of the best in the city and the views from the eatery’s outside dining area can’t be beat. Your canine companion will be greeted with enthusiasm as you and he sit down for a delicious meal.

At Doobies in Rittenhouse, you won’t get glitz and glamour, but you will get friendly faces, great drink specials and best of all, a super dog-friendly atmosphere. This dive bar offers a fun and cozy setting and well-behaved pooches are welcome to join their humans in the fun! Doobies is a big supporter of pet-related causes and is host to fundraisers and special events, throughout the year, which benefit animal organizations.

Pizzeria Stella, a Stephen Starr establishment located in Society Hill, places a creative twist on a classic favorite. In addition to pizza, this eatery offers delicious pasta dishes and homemade gelato. Bring your dog along for some great Italian eating and lots of people-watching at one of their outdoor tables.

There’s still some beautiful weather to be had before the cold winter weather makes its arrival. Grab some friends, pack up your pooch and order up a refreshing cocktail and some delicious grub and enjoy!

What are some of your favorite dog-friendly hangouts in the city?

** To err on the side of caution, if you plan on bringing Fido along to any of the places we listed above, it’s a good idea to give a quick call ahead of time to make sure the establishment’s pet policies have not changed! **

Interview With Seger Dog Park’s President

Giving back to the community whenever possible is something that Philly Pet Care strongly believes in. So when we heard about the opportunity to become a sponsor for one of Philadelphia’s own dog parks, it was a no-brainer for us to get involved.

Seger Dog Park, located at 11th & Lombard in South Philadelphia, was just recently awarded the honor of Philly’s Best Dog Park! It’s a completely member-run organization that serves as a community hub for dog owners in the area and as a sponsor, we are thrilled to know that our support goes directly toward keeping the park in pristine order.

As a member of the local community, you, too, can play an integral role in keeping Seger Dog Park in tip-top shape for park members and their four-legged friends. When you become a member of Seger Dog Park, you are supporting a wonderful organization that strives to provide a safe, fun space for dogs and their owners to mingle while fostering an important sense of community. As an added bonus, members are eligible for special perks from local business sponsors. It truly is a win-win situation for all parties!

Philly Pet Care’s own Kristie recently had the opportunity to talk one-on-one, with Seger Dog Park’s Board President, Andrew Freedman, to find out a little more about the park’s history, its membership and its future. You can check out the interview, below.

Oh, and be sure to connect with Seger Dog Park on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!


Have you ever been to Seger Dog Park? What did you think?