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One Fur All’s Pet House Candles Distributed by Kane Pet Supplies in Canada

One Fur All’s Pet House Candles Distributed by Kane Pet Supplies in Canada

One Fur All, the makers of Pet House Candles, is proud to announce that its pet-friendly air care product line is being distributed by Kane Pet Supplies, the leading distributor in the Canadian animal health industry.

“We are very excited to be working with Kane Veterinary Supplies.  In a short time, the Pet House line is already being sold in over 200 locations throughout Canada,” expresses David Neuwirth, founder of One Fur All, “Through their distribution channels, Kane will be instrumental in helping One Fur All reach even more pet families in the Canadian market.”

With over fifty successful years in business, Kane has an impressive reputation thanks to their focus on the customer and commitment to their employees. Kane provides over 12,000 products to a wide variety of stores, veterinarians and buying groups. In addition, Kane partners with over 200 manufacturers worldwide to serve Canadians from coast to coast with well-tenured sales and customer service teams.

“Pet owners today are seeking higher-quality pet products, including household items that are safe for their entire family,” states John Sousa, national pet manager at Kane Pet Supplies, “More pet families in Canada can now appreciate and benefit from Pet House Candles and their other unique air care products thanks to their company’s commitment to using only natural soy wax and other non-toxic and allergen-free ingredients.”

In addition to partnering with one of Canada’s largest pet supply distributors, One Fur All will be bringing their Pet House product line to Toronto’s annual National Pet Industry Trade Show held on September 15th – 16th.   Hosted by Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council of Canada (PIJAC), The National Pet Industry Trade Show is the largest of PIJAC’s trade shows. Attendees are encouraged to stop by the Pet House by One Fur All booth #638 to check out and learn more about their innovative line of Pet House Candles, Car Air Fresheners and Wax Melts!

How to Keep Your Pet Safe in Warm Weather

How to Keep Your Pet Safe in Warm Weather

Summer might seem like a great time for your pets to be outdoors, but warm weather can be dangerous for them. Keep the following tips in mind to make sure that your pets stay safe in the heat this season. 

Limit Outdoor Time in the Heat

When it’s hot out, pets can end up getting heat exhaustion, which is a serious condition that can quickly become life-threatening without immediate treatment. Have pets play outside for short periods of time in the morning and evening on these days. If possible, have them stay inside during the middle part of the day, which is when the sun’s heat is strongest. Keep in mind that senior pets, pets with heart problems and pets with flat faces are at a higher risk of heat exhaustion. These pets should stay in air conditioned areas on hot days. 

Watch for Signs of Heat Exhaustion

Heat exhaustion is a dangerous condition that requires prompt care. Don’t leave pets outside unsupervised when it’s hot out, and watch for signs of heat exhaustion, such as trouble breathing, rapid panting, weakness and a fast heart rate. Some pets might also experience seizures or vomit with this condition. You’ll need to seek emergency veterinary care if your pet has any signs of heat exhaustion.

Protect Your Pet’s Paws

Driveways, sidewalk surfaces and even sand at the beach can become hot enough to hurt your pet’s paws when it’s warm and sunny out. Have dogs walk on grass as much as possible rather than on concrete or asphalt surfaces. 

Provide Plenty of Water

It doesn’t take long for pets to become dehydrated when they’re in the heat. Make sure that your pets always have access to cool, fresh water when they spend any amount of time outdoors in summer. They should also have water available at all times when they’re inside, especially if your home does not have air conditioning. Consider adding a few ice cubes to their water to keep it cool enough. 

Never Leave Pets in Cars

Your pets should never stay in your car when it’s hot out. The temperature inside your car heats up rapidly, which can lead to heat exhaustion. Even with the air conditioning running or even if your car is in the shade, the interior still gets too hot for pets. Have your pets stay home when you’re out and about this summer. 

6 Reasons to Pick Up Your Dog’s Poop

6 Reasons to Pick Up Your Dog’s Poop

Whether you’re at the dog park, in your own yard or away on vacation, it’s important to always clean up after your dog. Picking up your dog’s poop isn’t just about common courtesy. There are plenty of other reasons you should be picking up after your pet.

Health Concerns

Dog poop can contain germs that could make people or other pets sick if they’re exposed to it, such as salmonella or parvovirus. Leaving poop around can also attract roundworms and other parasites that can infect people or pets. Cleaning these messes up right away helps lower the risk of having these diseases or parasites spread to others.

Water Contamination

Keep in mind that if your dog’s poop ends up in any waterways, it can contaminate them and put people and pets at risk of becoming ill. Dog poop in these waterways can also be harmful to aquatic wildlife by lowering the water quality. This type of waste adds too much nitrogen to the water, which lowers the amount of oxygen available for wildlife.

Legal Matters

Some areas have local laws that require dog owners to clean up after their pets. Failing to do so could get you in trouble with the law. Always keep disposable poop bags with you, so you can make sure that you pick up your dog's poop.

Pet-Friendly Travel Options

When you do your part in keeping hotel properties free of dog poop, this can end up encouraging more and more hotel owners to allow pets. With more pet-friendly travel options to choose from, you’ll find it easier to plan trips for you and your dog. In addition to cleaning up at the hotel, you should also pick up your dog’s poop anywhere else you go on your trip, such as at rest areas on the road.

Odor Control

Having dog poop around means having a yard with an unpleasant odor, which can discourage you from spending time outside. Piles of dog poop at local parks and other places can also leave foul odors around. Picking up after your dog eliminates pet odors in these outdoor areas.

Courtesy

Although this isn’t the only reason to clean up after your dog, it’s an important one. Picking up your dog’s poop means that other people won’t accidentally step in it and get their shoes dirty. You’re also being a good neighbor in your area when you don’t leave piles of poop on someone else’s lawn or at your local park.

How to Keep Your Pet Healthy and Happy

How to Keep Your Pet Healthy and Happy

Caring for pets involves more than making sure they have the basics, such as food, water and shelter. It’s also important for you to ensure that your dogs are as happy as possible. What does it take to provide pets with a happy and healthy life? Keep the following tips in mind. 

Regular Exercise

Dogs might spend a lot of time lying around your home, but they do need exercise on a regular basis. Getting physical activity every day helps prevent dogs from becoming overweight, which can raise their risk of health problems. Exercise is also an important part of keeping dogs from getting restless, especially if they are at home by themselves all day. 

Take your dogs for long walks, let them run around your enclosed yard or consider visiting a local dog park. If the weather isn’t pleasant out, you can help your pets get exercise indoors by playing fetch or other games with them. 

Mental Stimulation

Dogs need mental stimulation just as much as they need physical activity to keep their body in shape. Keeping a dog’s brain busy helps prevent boredom, which lowers the risk of having them get frustrated and chew up furniture or bark excessively. Being mentally stimulated also helps them challenge their brain in fun ways that can boost their happiness. 

Use puzzle toys and other games to give your dogs some regular mental stimulation. For example, fill puzzle toys with treats that they have to figure out how to get to. You can also hide a favorite toy, and have them search around your home for it. 

Routine Grooming and Vet Care

Health problems can have a negative impact on your pets’ happiness. Bring your dogs to the vet for regular exams or anytime that you have concerns about their health. Discomfort can cause dogs to act up or even become depressed. Ensuring that your pets are in good health or being treated for health problems can help improve their emotional well-being.

Routine grooming is also important for your pets’ quality of life. You should brush their coat, clean their teeth, trim their nails and bathe them on a regular basis. Skipping grooming can cause issues that make your pets unhappy, such as long nails that are uncomfortable when walking or dental problems that make it painful for them to eat. 

Spring Fragrances are Back for a Limited Time

Spring Fragrances are Back for a Limited Time

While we can't make spring arrive as soon as we'd like, we are pleased to announce the return of some of our popular Pet House spring fragrances: Fresh Cut Roses, Wildflowers and Ruby Red Grapefruit.

Pet House spring fragrances make a great Valentine's Day gift and are also perfect for anyone trying to think warm and happy thoughts during this cold winter.

All three fragrances are available in full-size candles, mini-candles and wax melts. Ruby Red Grapefruit is also available in car air fresheners. Make your home smell great with these 100% natural soy wax, odor-neutralizing candles that are hand-poured in the USA. And of course, they're all non-toxic and allergen-free.

Why It's Important to Trim Your Dog's Nails

Why It's Important to Trim Your Dog's Nails

Trimming your dog’s nails is an important grooming task that helps her stay happy and healthy. When you don’t clip your dog’s nails, they can end up growing too long, which can cause problems. Find out more about why you should make sure your dog’s nails are well-trimmed at all times.

Reasons to Trim Dog Nails

Dogs that run around on concrete, blacktop or other hard surfaces often are able to wear down their nails. However, many dogs either spend most of their time indoors or running around on grassy surfaces. This means that their nail tips aren’t worn down regularly, which can lead to overly long nails. 

Nails that are too long are at risk of being torn off, such as if your dog’s nail gets caught on a piece of carpeting or furniture. This can result in an injury that might require veterinary care if it’s serious enough. Longer dog nails also make it harder for dogs to walk around comfortably. When your dog’s nails hit the floor constantly as she walks, this can put more pressure on the nail bed. This pressure can cause discomfort that forces your dog to distribute her weight differently while she walks, which can affect the way her toe and paw joints are aligned.

Trimming Tips

If your dog isn’t used to having her nails trimmed, you might need to work on ensuring that she feels comfortable with this task. You can do this by gradually introducing her to the clippers and getting her used to having her paws handled. Form positive associations with this by rewarding her with treats and praise until she allows you to clip her nails without getting nervous.

When you trim your dog’s nails, hold the clippers at a 45-degree angle. Clip each nail carefully so that you don’t accidentally cut into the quick, which is the live part of the nail. This means stopping before you reach the pink part if your dog has white nails. For black nails, stop clipping when you no longer see a whitish interior.

How often should you trim your dog’s nails? Ideally, you should aim to clip them when they are long enough to reach the floor. You can visually check your dog’s nail to determine this, or listen for the sound of her nail tips hitting the floor as she walks. 

National Adopt A Senior Pet Month

National Adopt A Senior Pet Month

November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month, which is an important reminder that there are many senior dogs and cats in shelters and with rescue groups that are waiting for a good home. People looking to adopt a pet often choose younger ones while passing the older ones by. However, adopting a senior pet comes with some wonderful benefits.

Already Trained

Senior pets are more likely to have gone through obedience training and house training earlier in life. This means that you could be bringing home a cat that already knows how to use the litter box or a dog that knows how to obey verbal commands. Instead of having to spend time and effort training your new pet, you can enjoy each other’s company.

Calmer and More Relaxed

If you’re looking for a pet with a lower energy level, senior pets are a great option. Younger dogs and cats are typically full of energy, which can make them hard to deal with at times. Rather than having to clean up after a mischievous kitten or chase after a curious and clumsy puppy, you can relax with your new senior pet at your side or on your lap.

Plenty of Affection and Appreciation

Senior pets tend to get passed over in favor of younger pets. When someone comes along and offers them a loving home, these older pets seem to know how fortunate they are. Senior pets are known for being highly affectionate and grateful toward people who adopt them, making them perfect pet companions.

No Big Surprises

In terms of size and temperament, what you see is what you get when it comes to senior pets. When you adopt an older pet, they’re already fully grown and their temperament is steady and predictable. That means you don’t have to worry about adopting a small puppy that turns into a much bigger dog than you expected or bringing home a friendly kitten that ends up being more aloof as an adult cat.

If you plan to adopt a senior pet, keep an open mind. Senior pets end up in shelters for many reasons through no fault of their own, such as when their family moves or an elderly owner can no longer care for them. When you adopt an older pet, you’re choosing a devoted companion with a lot of affection to offer.

Include Your Pets in Your Emergency Plans

Include Your Pets in Your Emergency Plans

When hurricanes or other disasters strike, it’s important to have a plan in place that includes your pets. While wind or water damage can vary, there’s a good chance that your home will be without power. You also might not be able to leave your home if road conditions are bad. Coming up with a plan ahead of time ensures that your pets will have everything they need during this time. 

Pet Supplies

You should have supplies that will last for at least a week in case you’re unable to leave your home or have no power. Make sure that you have plenty of food and water for your pets. If you normally give them raw food, keep freeze-dried or dehydrated food around as a backup. If you have pets that take medication, plan ahead to ensure that they won’t run out. 

Calming Remedies

Some pets can get nervous during rough weather. Using natural calming remedies can help ease your pets’ anxiety and help them stay calm during hurricanes or other disasters. There are a number of natural calming products available as well as prescription medication.  Just make sure that you talk to your vet before using any medication. 

Toys and Chews

Mental stimulation is also important for pets, so that they don’t get bored while they’re cooped up. Keeping them occupied can also relieve anxiety. Have plenty of toys and chews available for your pets to play with or chew on. 

Indoor Exercise

Since your pets won’t be able to run around your yard or go for walks during a disaster, plan on having them exercise indoors. Dogs can burn off energy running around your home playing, while cats can get exercise by climbing on cat trees or playing with toys.

Pet-Friendly Shelters or Hotels

Make a list of emergency shelters, hotels and motels that are pet-friendly, so you’ll know where to go if you need to leave your area and don’t have family or friends to stay with. Keep in mind that hotels that normally don't allow pets are not legally required to accommodate them for evacuees. In some cases, local animal shelters and rescue groups offer temporary foster homes for evacuees who can't find a place to stay with their pets. 

Local Pet Stores and Vets

If you’re going to another area, make a list of local pet stores that carry your pets’ food. You should also keep a list of local veterinarians handy in case of illness or injuries. Bring your pets’ medical records with you when you leave, and make sure that your pets' microchip information is up-to-date. 

Identification

You should always make sure your contact information is visible on your pet's ID tag.  Also, you should make sure that your pet has an active microchip.  It's a good idea to check your pet's microchip when you go to your vet's office.  ID tags and microchips will help get your back to you in the event they are lost during an emergency situation.

One Fur All supports Brother Wolf Animal Rescue to Help Hurricane Victims

One Fur All supports Brother Wolf Animal Rescue to Help Hurricane Victims

North Carolina has been devastated by Hurricane Florence. One Fur All, creator of Pet House Candles, wants to give back to the four-legged victims of Hurricane Florence. Beginning September 24th and running through October 1st, One Fur All will be donating 10% of all online sales from their website (www.onefurallpets.com), directly to Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. These donations will help with medical expenses and transportation costs associated with rescuing pets that have been impacted by the hurricane in North Carolina.

The severe flooding and damage caused by Hurricane Florence has caused many pets to be injured and displaced.  Rescue organizations like Brother Wolf are doing their part to help animals in need.  Through the One Fur All Rescue Fundraising Program, 10% of all online sales made during this week duration will go directly to Brother Wolf.  You can also donate directly to Brother Wolf's Rapid Response Fund.

What's the Difference Between Service Dogs and Emotional Support Dogs?

What's the Difference Between Service Dogs and Emotional Support Dogs?

Service dogs and emotional support dogs both play an important role in the lives of those with physical disabilities, serious health problems or psychological disorders. However, they have different “jobs” to do, and the laws surrounding both are not the same.

What Are Service Dogs and Emotional Support Dogs?

Service dogs are dogs that are trained to perform specific tasks to help owners who have a disability or serious health problem. For example, seeing eye dogs assist individuals who are blind, such as by helping them cross streets safely. Service dogs for owners with epilepsy are trained to alert them that a seizure is about to happen. Those who are around service dogs should avoid approaching them or distracting them when they are assisting their owner.

Emotional support dogs do not have specialized training in performing certain tasks for their owners. Instead, their presence provides a source of comfort and stress relief for those who suffer from psychological conditions, such as post-traumatic disorder, bipolar disorder or anxiety. These dogs are generally safe to interact with as long as the owner is ok with it.

Requirements for Certification

While there are many places that offer certification programs for service dogs and emotional support dogs, these programs are not required by law. The Americans with Disabilities Act does not legally require service dogs or emotional support dogs to have any specific certification or even undergo professional training. The International Association of Assistance Dog Partners does offer recommended standards that service dogs and emotional support dogs should go through in order to ensure that they are well-mannered in public places.

Laws for Service Dogs and Emotional Support Dogs

Service dogs are generally allowed access to public places and businesses, including restaurants and stores, under the ADA. There are exceptions to this if the presence of a service dog would cause potential harm or disruption, such as at a zoo near certain exhibits.

Emotional support dogs do not have the same legal rights as service dogs under the ADA. However, the Fair Housing Act does provide a right to housing for those with an emotional support dog.

When it comes to flying, the Air Carrier Access Act generally allows service and emotional support dogs in the cabin. However, there are exceptions, and each airline has its own specific policies for service and emotional support dogs. For example, dogs that are too large might not be allowed in the cabin due to safety concerns.

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