7 Ways to Protect Your Dog This Winter

This post is sponsored by Vectra® 3D For Dogs, but all thoughts, opinions, and cute dog photos are 100% my own.

Have a dog who enjoys the outdoors? Even in New England, our dog gets out a lot in winter. Here are 7 ways to protect your pal. #ad #Vectra3D #DoubleDefense

Even though we live in New England with long and cold winters, we still protect Athena from fleas and ticks year-round.

She’s an outdoors girl! She came to us from Alabama and I’ll never forget the first time it snowed. She put one dainty paw in the cold white snow and gave us a look that said, “No WAY I’m going out there!” Although it was humorous, we were happy she found her “snow legs.” Even though the weather can change and be unseasonably warm or unseasonably cold at any given time, New England has long winters. We have cold Autumns too. And just like with the warmer seasons, we follow tips to protect Athena all winter long. Here are 7 ways you can protect your dog this winter to make the best of the cold!

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1 – We use Vectra® 3D For Dogs year round. The thing is, it’s ALWAYS possible for fleas, ticks and other dangerous parasites – like mosquitoes – to infect your dog anywhere in the country. And it only takes one bite to potentially spread disease. That’s why we love how Vectra® 3D For Dogs is a fast and effective monthly topical that kills and repels fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, lice, biting flies and mites* before they bite your dog. Why will you love it? It kills through contact, which means parasites don’t have to bite your dog to die. AND, it begins reducing flea feeding in 5 minutes, and kills fleas in 6 hours.

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Mosquitoes transmit heartworm disease to dogs and Vectra® 3D For Dogs prevents mosquitoes from feeding, and in turn, helps stop the spread of heartworm disease. It remains effective after bathing or swimming and protects for one month. Vectra® 3D also has a patented application that makes it super easy to use. The applicator is easy to use with no drips, no mess, and no need for scissors. And the long, rounded tip helps you easily and comfortably apply product directly to your dog’s skin under the fur. For detailed application instructions, you can visit vectrapet.com/us/Home/How-To-Apply.

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Do not use Vectra® 3D on cats!

We use Vectra® 3D and a monthly heartworm preventative to give Athena a Double Defense against heartworm disease. Our protocol is using Vectra® 3D to kill and repel mosquitoes on the outside of Athena and a heartworm preventative to kill heartworm larvae on the inside of her. We use Heartgard®. I feel doubly protected because Vectra® is a fast-acting, long-lasting, broad-spectrum parasite control, as well as a topical mosquito, flea and tick protection for dogs. Its patented applicator makes it easy to apply to Athena. It’s Double-Defense – killing and repelling mosquitoes outside with Vectra® 3D and killing larvae inside with a heartworm preventive. Double Defense is a one-two punch against heartworm disease.

Vectra® 3D is available through your local veterinarian. To find it near you, visit VectraPet.com/us/Home/Tools/Find-a-Vectra-vet.

For more information on Double Defense, visit fightheartwormnow.com/double-defense-heartworm-protection.

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Have a dog who enjoys the outdoors? Even in New England, our dog gets out a lot in winter. Here are 7 ways to protect your dog. #ad #Vectra3D #DoubleDefense

Here are six other ways to protect your dog in the winter:

2 – If you give your pet water outside, swap the metal bowls with ceramic or plastic ones. And make sure you monitor their water freezing. You can also buy heated water bowls for many pets if this is a concern where you live.

3 – Just like you don’t leave your dog in a hot car in the summer, don’t leave your dog alone in a freezing car in winter.

4 – Watch our for antifreeze – which is fatal for dogs.

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5 – Make sure you keep your dog on a leash around frozen ponds, lakes, or rivers. They can fall through ice!

6 – Many dogs, especially active ones, need extra food in the winter. Make sure they’re getting enough food, but not too much!

7 – Groom your dog to keep him or her properly insulated.

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Do you have any winter safety tips for dogs?

• *Excluding mange mites

#HillsTransformingLives: 5 Reasons to Adopt a Senior Pet

This post is sponsored by Hill’s® Science Diet® and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about the Adopt A Senior Pet Month and ‘Mission Adoptable’ Campaign, but Tamara Like Camera only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

We got Athena as a rescue dog and have now researched the amazing work of Hill's Science Diet. 5 reasons to adopt a senior pet! #ad #HillsTransformingLives

Did you know that November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month?! What an important month this is!

We have found the greatest love in our dog Athena, and we are so thankful every day that we rescued her, and she rescued us too. We have incredible times with her in the garden, and with snuggling, and at our town’s wonderful and adventurous dog park. Our eight-year-old takes an active part in the dog’s care and training, and we hope for the same for our five-year-old eventually. We are now avid rescue pet owners and supporters. We took a chance on her and she took one on us.

We got Athena as a rescue dog and have now researched the amazing work of Hill's Science Diet. 5 reasons to adopt a senior pet! #ad #HillsTransformingLives

There are many reasons to adopt a senior pet, and to learn about the important role that proper nutrition plays in the health and overall well-being of senior pets. Nutrition, veterinary care and love all play a key part in helping to keep older pets active, healthy and happy. Senior dogs and senior cats have different nutritional requirements than their younger friends and that’s why selecting a specially formulated food like Hill’s® Science Diet® Youthful Vitality can help address the needs of an older pet and help them to live their life to the fullest! Are you thinking of adopting an older dog or older cat?

Here are 5 reasons to adopt a senior pet:

1 – You just may save its life, since older dogs are more likely to be euthanized before younger dogs at crowded shelters.

2 – Senior dogs tend to be more mellow than younger dogs, and would love to nap and cuddle for most of the day!

3 – Senior dogs usually come to your home, already trained and with an understanding of at least basic commands.

4 – You can teach an old dog new tricks. Dogs can be trained at any age, and older dogs have better attention spans.

5 – Senior dogs have a tremendous amount of love to give, and will be your best friend for life.

We got Athena as a rescue dog and have now researched the amazing work of Hill's Science Diet. 5 reasons to adopt a senior pet! #ad #HillsTransformingLives

Dogs over 7 years and cats over 7 years will make incredible companions, snuggle buddies, workout partners and friends. An aging dog and an aging cat have a lot of gratitude for their rescuers, and will reward them with unwavering devotion. If you’re thinking of adopting a dog or a cat, consider adopting a senior/older dog or senior/older cat. You can help fight the effects of aging by trying Hill’s® Science Diet® Youthful Vitality – specially designed for pets ages 7 and above.

Senior pets are often overlooked at shelters. That’s why Hill’s® Science Diet® began an exciting new partnership with Animal Planet to launch the “Mission Adoptable” web series. It was filmed in collaboration with the SPCA of Texas in Dallas and focuses on the plight of older shelter pets that face a difficult time getting adopted. You can watch the journeys of each senior pet, and it’s exciting! It’s even better to know you can help – by visiting shelters, watching the web series, and sharing information about it.

Stay connected!

There is so much more to say and read, and I encourage you to learn as much as I did!

To watch “Mission Adoptable”, click this link.

And to learn more about Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love Program, click this link.

To read the press release on the Animal Planet and Hill’s Pet Nutrition partnership, click this link.

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Watch “Mission Adoptable here and get inspired to visit a local shelter during this amazing month of November and consider adopting a senior pet. The videos are a MUST see. I must have watched them a dozen times. Two dozen!

Tell me about the senior pet in your life!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hill’s. The opinions and text are all mine.