Dr. Marty Becker, ?America?s Veterinarian,? Shares His Tips to Bring Safety and Comfort to Pets This Holiday Season

Dr. Marty Becker, “America’s Veterinarian,” Shares His Tips to Bring Safety and Comfort to Pets This Holiday Season










San Diego, CA (PRWEB) October 13, 2011

Halloween marks the beginning of the holidays and although it’s fun to include pets in the festivities, changes to their environment can cause unease, especially with senior animals. “America’s Veterinarian,” Dr. Marty Becker, the veterinary contributor on “Good Morning America” and “The Dr. Oz Show” and pet expert for Vetstreet,com, has lent his expertise on keeping pets safe and at ease during the holiday bustle.

Calming Agents: Pets may need a little extra tender love and care during the busy holiday festivities. When dealing with holiday parties, visitors or traveling, natural chemicals known as pheromones can provide a convenient and effective way to calm dogs and cats. “Products containing pheromones can calm and provide comfort to dogs and cats when they’re suffering from stress,” says Dr. Becker. “They come in all kinds of forms, including diffusers, sprays and Comfort Zone Wipes, from CLS.” The wipes are ultra portable or the pheromones can be delivered through a wall diffuser, a special collar with the substance or can be directly sprayed on bedding or a bandana worn by the pet.

Assist Arthritis: Senior pets may need some extra attention during the holidays. Just as in humans, pets also experience aches and pains as they get older. “I love hearing the little mumble of contentment a senior pet gives when settling into a new bed for the first time,” said Dr. Becker. “And I love to see companies like Silver Tails developing so many items designed for those special older pets, great things like supplements, toys, cushioned bed covers and even infrared heated massagers.”

“Veterinary-prescribed medications to manage chronic pain are a must for many pets during the colder season, and can truly make a pet feel and act years younger,” Dr. Becker said. “Combine the power of the prescription pad with the loving touch of a pet parent, and your dog or cat might forget she even has arthritis.”

Bundle Up: “What fun are the holidays without snow?” said Dr. Becker. “But cold weather can be hard on pets.” Whether traveling first class, driving across town or cuddling up at home, keeping pets warm should always be a priority. “If pets are going to be out experiencing the elements, make sure to keep hair around paws trimmed so they gather less snow or water, which can freeze on them,” suggests Dr. Becker. “Booties are also a good idea to help avoid cracking of the paws and prevent contact with snow removal products.” For many dogs, especially older, smaller or the lean “greyhound types,” coats are more than a fashion statement – they’re essential to maintaining body temperature.

Offer a Cozy Bed: “Offering a couple different beds in separate rooms will give dogs both a way to catch naps and stay close to pet parents during the holidays,” says Dr. Becker. “If you’re able to provide multiple beds, try mixing up the fabrics – dog’s favorites change depending on the weather and his mood.” Another great choice is Petco’s Memory Foam Bed. “It’s a memory foam bed that conforms to your pet’s in response to heat and pressure,” says Dr. Becker. The reclaimed memory foam fill creates a thick, therapeutic foundation for sleep and eases painful pressure points while cushioning achy joints and muscles. Beds give pets a safe haven to retreat after a long day of holiday activities or a comfortable option if they would like to take a quick snooze to re-energize for the festivities.

Familiar Friend: With celebrations galore, pets may feel uneasy if brought into new environments, says Dr. Becker. “Bring your pet’s favorite toy along to holiday parties so your pet can have a familiar object to help sooth any anxiety.”

Light the Way: Heading out at dusk on Halloween night means it is harder for cars to see pets and children. “Most trick-or-treating neighborhoods are fairly well lit, but to be safe when with pets or children, carrying a flashlight is always a good idea. Panther Vision even offers a headlamp, the Pup Power Cap, which has a built-in light to give pet parents a hands free way to keep an eye on their pets and trick-or-treaters,” suggests Dr. Becker.

Make Security a Priority: If holiday parties are part of the routine, be sure yards are secured with fences. A good fence is low enough to the ground to prevent digging under, high enough to deter jumping over and secured with a latch that dogs cannot open. “It sounds obvious, but it’s important especially if there are multiple dogs and pet parents are focused on holiday festivities,” recommends Dr. Becker.

Travel Safe: In 2010, an estimated 92.3 million Americans traveled 50 miles or more from home during the holidays, according to the American Automobile Association. For safety in a car or plane and confinement in a hotel room, bring the pet’s crate so they have familiar surroundings,” suggests Dr. Becker. “While keeping pets safe in their crates is important, it’s also crucial that pets have enough room to get comfortable. Something like the Expandispace Carrier is great because it’s small enough to easily travel with and expands to give pets extra space when they’re home or visiting.”

Exercise Indoors: “Winter weather often makes it difficult for our pets to get the exercise they need,” says Dr. Becker. The snow and frigid temperatures can make it difficult for pet parents to take their dogs on long walks. Dr. Becker suggests keeping your dogs active indoors with products like the PetZen Dog Treadmill. “An indoor dog treadmill makes it easy to incorporate daily exercise anytime, anywhere and in any weather,” says Dr. Becker. This portable device is easy to store in a small space and is safe for dogs to use. It provides the perfect solution for keeping dogs healthy and in shape during the winter months.

Participate in Positive Dog Training: Dr. Becker suggests enrolling dogs in a positive training course, especially during the holidays. “All the excitement of the celebrations causes dogs to act in a way they wouldn’t normally,” says Dr. Becker. “A program like Petco’s “Good Dog” campaign is beneficial for reinforcing good behaviors.” The program teaches polite manners such as resisting temptations like eating the Thanksgiving turkey, jumping on guests and knocking over the Christmas tree.

Keep Everyone Entertained: Dogs and cats aren’t the only ones who can get a little stressed out over the holiday season, “Animals such as hamsters or birds can sense the stress of their pet parent,” says Dr. Becker. Pets can feel the pressure of visitors in the house or may get lonely while pet parents are away. Keep birds entertained with cage accessories or treat hamsters to a Hamster Trail Kit. Hamsters opt for roomy cages with fixtures like wheels, rams and lofts. The Hamster Trail Kit is a great option because it offers these accessories and a silent wheel for peace and quiet.

*Help keep every pet safe this holiday through the Petco Foundation’s annual Tree of Hope campaign. Every year four million pets do not live to see the holiday season and Petco is encouraging those who are passionate about animals to donate from November 14, 2011- January 1, 2012 at their nearest Petco store, Unleashed by Petco store or online at http://www.petco.com/holiday. Donations help feed homeless pets in shelters, give lifesaving medical assistance, enable rescuers to grow their resources so that they can help ease the burdens of overfull shelters, and provide venues and grants to help usher those without a voice into loving homes who will continue to be their voices.

About Petco™

Petco is a leading pet specialty retailer that provides the products, services and advice that make it easier for our customers to be great pet parents. Everything we do is guided by our vision for Healthier Pets. Happier People. Better World. We operate more than 1,100 stores nationwide, including more than 30 Unleashed by Petco locations, a smaller format neighborhood shop, and http://www.petco.com. The Petco Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization, has raised more than $ 80 million since it was created in 1999 to help promote and improve the welfare of companion animals. In conjunction with the Foundation, we work with and support approximately 7,000 local animal welfare groups across the country to help find homes for more than 250,000 animals through in-store adoption events every year.

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America?s Finest Pet Doors Redesigns Website to Expand E-Commerce Offerings

America’s Finest Pet Doors Redesigns Website to Expand E-Commerce Offerings











PetDoors.com offers pet owners an opportunity to shop online for specialized catalog of Dog Doors and Cat Doors


San Luis Obispo, CA (PRWEB) April 26, 2012

America’s Finest Pet Doors, the authority in dog doors and cat doors for walls, windows, and residential entryways, recently announced the launch of their upgraded and freshly designed website, http://www.petdoors.com. The San Luis Obispo-based organization has been designing and manufacturing pet doors and parts for over forty years. The recent website upgrade reflects the innovative approach Patio Pacific has always taken in providing pioneering pet door products and solutions.

While looking to take the business to the next level, Pet Doors recently engaged with a Baltimore-based ecommerce firm for a comprehensive site redesign and as a way to leverage digital marketing strategies.

The website redesign was not directed solely at aesthetic improvements, but included a full platform upgrade to Magento Enterprise, which enhances site functionality and user experience. The redesign incorporates e-commerce best practices, including an upgraded navigational structure and strong calls-to-action, to simplify and enhance the online shopping experience. Aesthetic adjustments, expanded product imagery, and a striking color palette provide a visually appealing interface.

Alan Lethers, founder of PetDoors.com and parent company Patio Pacific, has marketed and overseen production on pet doors for sliding glass doors since the mid-1970s. Lethers’ company has evolved from one niche product to a full line of pet door solutions that can be installed in windows, walls, screen doors, and conventional doors around the home. Pet Doors’ standout innovation, the Endura Flap, has revolutionized modern pet door technology.

Lethers optimistically looks towards the future of PetDoors.com. “We hope customers will find the upgraded features and functionality beneficial for the shopping experience. We strive to provide the best pet door products along with exceptional service, and feel the new site offers extensive information to help customers choose the right pet door. We are proud of the products we manufacture and promote, and look forward to the opportunities that our online store will bring.”

While the company still has headquarters in San Luis Obispo, California, PetDoors.com makes the 36-year-old Patio Pacific brand available for online shoppers around the globe.

About Patio Pacific:

Founded by Alan Lethers in 1976, Patio Pacific – the parent company of America’s Finest Pet Doors and PetDoors.com – manufacturers and distributes dog doors and cat doors online.

Lethers’ initial break into the market came with a new type of pet door–the ‘panel’ pet door for sliding glass door. This new product, the ‘Instant’ Pet Door, was the first of it’s kind to offer an adjustable height capability that was necessary because of the varying dimensions of sliding glass door tracks.

Over three decades later, Patio Pacific & America’s Finest Pet Doors have risen from a niche prototype & market to become one the nation’s premier retailers & trusted manufacturer of doors for dogs & cats.























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America?s Finest Pet Doors Announces Expanded Product Offerings

America’s Finest Pet Doors Announces Expanded Product Offerings











San Luis Obispo, CA (PRWEB) May 21, 2012

America’s Finest Pet Doors, the authority in dog doors and cat doors for walls, windows, and residential entryways, recently introduced a product line expansion that includes new pet door flap cleaning products and protectants. The San Luis Obispo-­‐based organization has been designing and manufacturing pet doors and parts for over forty years. The recent introduction of new cleaning products is part of the organization’s continual focus to offer comprehensive pet door solutions to meet the evolving needs of their target audience.

Pet Doors’ introduction of cleaning products and protectants designated for pet door flaps was part of a strategic decision to address an issue often under looked by industry competitors. With continual exposure to UV rays, many pet door flaps, specifically vinyl flaps, develop discoloring and eventually wear down. Using a protectant spray as well as regularly cleaning flaps is an important aspect of pet door maintenance, and results in having to replace flaps less frequently.

Pet Doors now carries Aerospace Protectant, specifically designed to protect against harsh wear and tear experienced by consistent exposure to damaging UV rays. The other recently introduced product by Pet Doors is a vinyl/fabric cleaner that removes harsh stains. This versatile cleaner is also suitable for a variety of surfaces, including car interiors.

The product additions can be found in the Cleaning sub-­‐category under the Pet Door Help category on the current e-­‐commerce site.

Lethers’ is optimistic about his growing e-­‐commerce offerings. “Offering cleaning solutions as well as UV protectants is another way we look to be a leader in the pet door sector. These solutions add value, helping customers proactively enhance the longevity of their pet door.”

Alan Lethers, founder of PetDoors.com and parent company Patio Pacific, has marketed and overseen production on pet doors for sliding glass doors since the mid-­‐1970s. Lethers’ company has evolved from one niche product to a full line of pet door solutions that can be installed in windows, walls, screen doors, and conventional doors around the home. Pet Doors’ standout innovation, the Endura Flap, has revolutionized modern pet door technology.

About Patio Pacific:

Founded by Alan Lethers in 1976, Patio Pacific – the parent company of America’s Finest Pet Doors and PetDoors.com – manufacturers and distributes dog doors and cat doors online.

Lethers’ initial break into the market came with a new type of pet door-­‐-­‐the ‘panel’ pet door for sliding glass door. This new product, the ‘Instant’ Pet Door, was the first of it’s kind to offer an adjustable height capability that was necessary because of the varying dimensions of sliding glass door tracks.

Over three decades later, Patio Pacific & America’s Finest Pet Doors have risen from a niche prototype & market to become one the nation’s premier retailer & trusted manufacturer of doors for dogs & cats.























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DogTread

DogTread® K9 Fitness Kits Will Help America’s Overweight Dogs Shed Pounds














Ogden, Utah (PRWEB) February 24, 2011

The Pet Obesity Prevention Association estimates that over 45 percent of the dogs in the United States are now overweight. This obesity is due to lack of exercise and too many calories, but what is less well known and studied is that lack of exercise and activity can also lead to a wide range of behavior and physical problems. Now included with each of PetZen® Products DogTread® motorized dog treadmill, is an easy to follow K9 Fitness Program aimed at providing pet owners with all the tools they need to easily and successfully introduce Treading as a daily exercise activity.

DogTread® and JT Clough, respected Canine Fitness Coach and owner of San Diego-based Dog Training business, Sit K9 Sit, have teamed up to produce Treading for Dogs: Instructional How-To DVD and 30-day K9 Exercise Program. In the video JT Clough demonstrates and provides hands-on techniques for familiarizing pet owners and their dogs with the DogTread®. She also demonstrates proper exercise intensity levels and tips for achieving the proper pace. Large and small, nervous or curious, Clough covers everything needed to get dogs up and running on the DogTread®.

“Dog professionals have been using treadmill training for years as a way to ensure top physical and mental health,” say JT Clough, K9 Fitness Coach from K9 Coach, Inc. “Just like us, dogs feel better after exercise and are less prone to problematic or unruly behavior. It is no secret that exercised dogs listen better and are easier to train. The use of the DogTread® and our simple, short daily programs will ensure that dogs get the exercise they need for their health and well-being no matter how bad the weather is, or how busy their owners are.”

After pet owners and their dogs have become accustomed to using the DogTread® they can then move onto the exercise program presented in the accompanying booklet. This 30-day K9 exercise program is based on over 10 years of teaching, coaching and research and presents a step-by-step guide that is easy to understand and use. Included for each day is a recommended Treading session, training secrets from the world’s top trainers, logs for recording daily performance and nutrition and resources linking to further canine fitness knowledge.

“We are very happy with the new program,” said Krista Wickens, co-owner of PetZen Products. “Exercise is a so valuable to the overall well-being of pets and people. Not only does it help shed pounds, it also provides real vitality, and for our dogs a much needed job and a purpose for each day. As a mom, with two kids and a business to run my schedule is anything but predictable. I position my treadmill next to the DogTread so that we can exercise together when I don’t have time to get outside. Our goal is to help real people and real dogs meet their daily exercise needs by eliminating some of the excuses that keep us from doing what we should.”

The DogTread® (MSRP is $ 599 to $ 999) is specifically designed and manufactured for dogs and is available in three sizes to accommodate the full range from small breeds to dogs weighing up to 150 pounds. For more information about the DogTread® or any of PetZen’s other fine products please visit the website at http://www.dogtread.com or http://www.petzenproducts.com.

About the Company

Based in Ogden, Utah, PetZen® specializes in manufacturing and designing innovative products made specifically with your best friend’s interests in mind, products that elevate the pet-human connection. DogTread® is PetZen’s registered brand of dog-specific treadmills. PetZen® guarantees all its DogTread® products against defects in manufacturing, material and craftsmanship for 1 year from date of purchase. For more information on PetZen, please visit their websites at http://www.petzenproducts.com and http://www.dogtread.com

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America’s Cutest Dog- Spiderdog

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Tillman the Skateboarding Bulldog Spotlights America?s Most Talented Pups During “Who Let The Dogs Out”

Tillman the Skateboarding Bulldog Spotlights America’s Most Talented Pups During “Who Let The Dogs Out”










Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 07, 2012

TV will never be the same after the world-famous Tillman the skateboarding/snowboarding/surfing bulldog hits the air with his high flying, cross country adventures during Animal Planet’s new “Who Let the Dogs Out” television series. Petco and Natural Balance Pet Foods gather a troop of superstar dogs and some wacky trainers for a national open casting call tour and competition in search of America’s most talented pups, with camera crew in tow. The 10-part, half-hour series debuts on Saturday, February 18, 2012 on Animal Planet at 10 a.m. Featuring the epic antics of America’s favorite daredevil-dog, Tillman the Skateboarding Bulldog, this sure-fire hit will delight animal lovers and extreme sports’ fans of all ages.

Along with bulldog pals Rose, Sully and puppy Wally, as well as the inimitable internet sensation ‘Norman the scooter dog’, the canine celebs hit the sights in their rock-star style tour bus. During the ten episodes, these social media and blogosphere darlings search out new talented dogs, visit some of America’s great towns, and spread their absurdly cute talents coast to coast.

Tillman, the Guinness Record® holder for “world’s fastest skateboarding bulldog” has over 30 million YouTube hits, and has already made hundreds of TV appearances, including as the star of four consecutive Rose Parade Floats that rank among the most popular in the Parade’s history.

Tillman has recruited a colorful cast to travel the country in search of talented pooches. It’s a quest to find the most spectacular…high-flying…incredible dogs. At the end of their journey, Tillman and the gang will select one lucky mutt to become a team member of the world’s premiere dog food, Natural Balance.

Join him and his four-legged friends each week for a dog’s eye view of America, with plenty of laughs and extreme doggy sports as they meet other talented pets across America. Tillman’s cross-country- trek includes helping animals in need, from feeding shelter pets, promoting animal adoptions at Petco stores, and fund raising for non-profit guide dog organizations.

About Natural Balance Pet Foods

Since 1989, Dick Van Patten and his partner Joey Herrick have been supplying the public with premium quality dog and cat foods. Today Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc. has grown into an international company providing pet foods throughout the United States, Canada, The Pacific Rim and Europe. The Natural Balance product line consists of more than 50 dog and cat food varieties, including: Ultra Premium dry & canned formulas for all life stages of dogs & cats, as well as new grain-free additions to the L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diets® collection for dogs & cats. Natural Balance also makes Dog Food Rolls in four varieties: Lamb, Beef, Turkey, Duck & Potato. Also specializing in Tillman’s Training Tips® and Healthy Bones® treats for dogs. Natural Balance also has Zoological Formulas made especially for lions, tigers, cheetahs, polar bears, snakes and carnivorous birds. Natural Balance is headquartered in Pacoima, CA and is available at PETCO and local independent pet stores. More information is available at http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com.

About Petco

Petco is a leading pet specialty retailer that provides the products, services and advice that make it easier for our customers to be great pet parents. Everything we do is guided by our vision for Healthier Pets. Happier People. Better World. We operate more than 1,100 stores nationwide, including more than 30 Unleashed by Petco locations, a smaller format neighborhood shop, and http://www.petco.com. The Petco Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization, has raised more than $ 90 million since it was created in 1999 to help promote and improve the welfare of companion animals. In conjunction with the Foundation, we work with and support approximately 7,000 local animal welfare groups across the country to help find homes for more than 250,000 animals through in-store adoption events every year.

ABOUT ANIMAL PLANET

Animal Planet Media (APM), a multi-media business unit of Discovery Communications, is the world’s only entertainment brand that immerses viewers in the full range of life in the animal kingdom with rich, deep content via multiple platforms and offers animal lovers and pet owners access to a centralized online, television and mobile community for immersive, engaging, high-quality entertainment, information and enrichment. APM consists of the Animal Planet television network, available in more than 96 million homes in the US; online assets http://www.animalplanet.com, the ultimate online destination for all things animal; the 24/7 broadband channel, Animal Planet Beyond; Petfinder.com, the #1 pet-related Web property globally that facilitates pet adoption; and other media platforms including a robust Video-on-Demand (VOD) service; mobile content; and merchandising extensions.

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