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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from the entire All PET management team, pictured above with their furry friends!

For most of us, our pets are part of the family. So it’s only natural that we include them in the holiday festivities. However, many foods that are holiday standards can be bad and even dangerous for pets.

Not to worry, though! All PET offers a wide selection of safe and healthy gourmet treats that your pet is sure to love. All of our stores feature a variety of all-natural bakery treats made with dog-friendly ingredients; some of them are even frosted! We also carry several treat options for any pets with special dietary needs, including soft-baked, grain-free, and vegetarian.

Whatever your needs, All PET is here for you this holiday season with treats you and your pet can both feel good about.

Have more questions about how to make the holidays worry-free?  Check out these great Gazette articles for more pet safety tips!

All PET’s Top Six Holiday Pet Safety Tips
The Big List of Holiday Pet Safety Tips

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Looking for the perfect holiday gifts for the animal lovers in your life? Well, at All PET we have exactly what you need! Check out our new line of Teddy the Dog T-Shirts and Hoodies – they’re perfect for those people who love to tell the world how much they love their pets. Or how about a Soy Candle or Reed Diffuser by Heaven to Home? It’s aromatherapy for pets and people!

If that’s not your “cup of tea,” maybe you know someone who sips from a Double-Walled Tumbler like you’ve seen at Starbucks… Well, we’ve got ‘em too, but ours are printed with all of your favorite dog breeds! They’re dishwasher safe, BHA free, and sure to please everyone on your list! Finally, you asked, and we delivered: presenting all NEW Dog Breed Socks and Spinning Key Chains, available now at your favorite All PET store!

Serious about saving? Look in the latest Gazette for a valuable coupon good on any of the new gift items mentioned above and many more! Only at All PET!

HUGGLEHOUNDS, of course! HuggleHounds are an innovative NEW toy built for the strongest chewers! They are made by a patented, three-step process to withstand 100 pounds of tugging and pulling. Every plush toy is lined with super durable Tuffut Technology. The details are embroidered for safety, and all toys are tested to be sure no harmful chemicals are used. Come in All PET and check out our wide selection of HuggleHounds today!  And don’t forget to download a copy of the Gazette for a money-saving coupon on these ultra durable pet toys!

Winter weather doesn’t just affect you; it also affects your pets. And pets depend on you for their safety. There are many ways to be prepared for the cold, so why not start planning now? Check out these helpful hints!

1) Provide an adequate shelter, protected from the wind, snow and rain. Use straw, shavings or a blanket to keep pets toasty. All PET also sells a variety of indoor and outdoor heated pads, made just for pets, that provide low heat. Just make sure that all pets have room in their homes to periodically get off of any heated beds.

2) Dogs walking in snowy areas may develop large ice balls between their pads, which can cause them to limp. Be sure to keep ice clear from this area, and be sure to use an ice melt product that is safe for animals, such as Paw Thaw (download the Gazette for a valuable coupon!). For dogs that have a lot of hair between their pads, keeping it clipped shorter will help with ice-ball formation. Dog Boots also offer protection to any dogs that will tolerate wearing them. Boots also help protect dogs from any harmful salts or chemicals.

3) Cats are heat seekers and often look for warmth under the hood of a car. Before starting your car, knock on the hood or honk the horn to scare off any cats and prevent a needless winter tragedy!

4) Keep all antifreeze out of the reach of pets. Antifreeze is sweet and most animals will lap it right up, but it is, to them, a lethal poison!

5) Make sure your pet always has ID on, especially in the winter.
In the snow, dogs can lose their scent and easily become lost. Because of this, more dogs are lost during winter than any other season.

6) Never shave your dog in the winter as a longer coat will provide more warmth. Likewise, we suggest using a coat or sweater for shorter hair dogs in the winter months to keep them from getting too chilly!

Following these tips will certainly help keep your pets safe during the winter months. If you have any questions about how to “winterize” your pet, your home, or your pet’s homes, let us know! We’ll do all we can to make sure you and your pet happy all year long. Stop by All PET – where our next warm, satisfied customer is YOUR pet!

And we’re ready!  The next issue of the All PET Gazette is available now for anyone who’s ready for the season.  We’ve got Winter Pet Care Tips, along with three great articles with Gift and Treat Ideas for people and for pets!  And of course, the savings you love can be found on every page.

No matter how cold it gets, we’re ready – and remember, your pet is always welcome to warm up in our stores.  We’ll see you soon!  Happy Holidays from all of us here at All PET!

Fact: Every year, July 5th is one of the busiest days for pet shelters and rescues. Scared by painfully loud noises and blinding lights, pets become frantic to escape the stimulus only to become separated from their owners. The lucky ones are found by caring individuals who try to reunite them with their families. But many are never found or meet disastrous ends. The pets that do make it through the firework displays face another danger. Contact with very hot or flaming fireworks can result in severe burns of the face, mouth and paws. Even unlit fireworks can be quite dangerous or lethal.  Fireworks contain many agents including black powder, potassium nitrate and heavy metals such as mercury, antimony, copper, barium, strontium, and phosphorus. Ingestion or absorption of even small amounts of these chemicals can result in severe illness. As a pet parent, there are simple steps you can take to ensure pets’ safety during the Independence Day holiday. By following these suggestions, we are sure that you and your pets can safely enjoy July 4th and July 5th this year!
 
• Before you start your firework celebration, exercise your pet so that they will be able to rest quietly in the evening without excess energy.
 
• Very Important! Make sure all pets have a collar and easy-to-read identification tag. Consider having your pet micro-chipped, because collars and tags are not foolproof.
 
• Close all doors and windows. Make sure to close and lock all pet doors. Turn on a TV or radio for some background noise.
 
• Arrange an enclosed indoor area for your pet to feel secure away from noise and lights. Choose a crate for your dog, or a bathroom or bedroom for your cat, but never leave them outside or take them to the show. Turn all small animal and bird cages away from the lights and noise and consider covering them during the worst of the display. Also, give small animals lots of bedding to burrow down in; it will help them feel much safer.
 
• Try to avoid leaving your pet alone. Allow them to vocalize and demonstrate their distress. Do not try to cuddle or comfort your pets as they will interpret this as you being worried too. Instead, stay relaxed and act normally. Reward your pets for calm behavior. Distract them with a special treat or toy.
 
• Even if your pet has never exhibited extreme sensitivity to the loud noises and flashes during past experiences, consider having natural stress remedies, like herbal pills or drops on hand. Consult with your veterinarian about prescription sedatives for severe cases.
 
• Finally, diligently retrieve and properly dispose of any and all firework paraphernalia before you allow your pets outside. Do not consider that you can properly supervise them while you work on pick-up.  BL