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.

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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

Bringing Home Baby: 5 Tips on Prepping Pets For New Baby

This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. I received Zylkene products for my own personal review. All opinions, text and experiences are my own.

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When we first brought baby Scarlet home from the hospital nearly eight years ago, we had an elderly Siberian Husky.

Stormy had only ever lived with Cassidy – and in San Francisco, no less. She was accustomed to strolling through Haight/Ashbury, jumping up on counters to receive treats from store clerks, and getting friendly pets from tourists from all over the world. Now, suddenly, she had been driven over 3,000 miles to go through a New England winter – FULL of ice storms – and to watch my belly grow, and grow. That was when I wished we could communicate better with pets.

How could we help her with the transition?

Bringing home a baby is a HUGE adjustment for everyone – especially your pets! Stormy was used to living with only one person, and just when she had gotten used to me – we threw a baby into the mix. She was quite old then, and Des never got to meet her. That said, we have learned so much about preparing pets for babies since then. We are quite happily kid parents and pet owners. I always say that it’s important to me to get one-on-one time with each of my kids, as well as my husband, but that extends to Athena and Juniper too! Although I can’t promise that I get that special bonding time with all 11 of our chickens, but give me some time. You never know! I love all of our pets, and I want to do what’s best for them.

Chances are, your pets have always been an important part of your family, and always will be. Show them how much you care by taking those extra steps to help them through the introduction and transition of meeting your newest family member – your baby. They are used to getting all the attention, and now may feel uneasy with the unfamiliar noises of a crying baby, the changes in household smells, the new household routines, and all of the well-meaning and well-wishing visitors in the house! What do pets need? Love, and Zylkene – a behavior supplement that helps dogs and cats relax and cope with challenging new situations (fireworks, travel, storms, new babies, etc.) – but withOUT making your pets drowsy.

Zylkene helps pets cope with a variety of short-term or long-term situations, and it’s flexible for short- or long-term use.

5 Tips on Prepping Pets For New Baby:

1 – Before the baby arrives, arrange for a pet-sitter to be on call for when the big day arrives.

2 – Create a safe space/retreat for your pet for when you arrive home with your baby. It should include blankets, towels, or old clothes to make it smell familiar. Also, provide plenty of toys/scratching posts for your dogs and/or cats.

3 – After your baby is born, but still in the hospital, have a loved one take one of baby’s first items of clothing home for your pet to start getting used to the new smell by the time you arrive home with your baby.

4 – Make sure you get your pet’s attention, and vice versa, once you get home. Involve your pet in baby routines, whenever possible. You can offer a treat before feeding the baby, etc. Associate that baby with positive experiences! Ask visitors to pay special attention to your pet(s), and make sure your pet has plenty of toys so as not to take the baby’s stuff!

5 – Try an all-natural calming supplement like Zylkene. Incorporate it into your pet’s diet to help him/her cope with the changing situation. It’s clinically proven to help them relax without causing sedation or drowsiness.

Zylkene is easy to use and highly palatable for pets. You administer it once daily – either whole capsule or opened and mixed with food for one daily meal. The vegetable capsules are well-accepted by both cats and dogs. This balanced behavior supplement contains a unique, milk-derived ingredient that promotes calmness. Zylkene has been a trusted resource for pet owners, veterinarians, vet techs, and behaviorists around the world for over a decade.

Where can you get Zylkene for your home? Zylkene is available at your veterinary clinic or online. Visit the Zylkene website for details or ask your veterinary clinic for it by name.

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Zylkene is ideal for pets to help cope with various challenging situations, such as loud noises (fireworks, thunderstorms), traveling with pets, etc.  Ask for Zylkene by name at your veterinary clinic, or purchase it online.

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This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. I received Zylkene products for my own personal review. All opinions, text and experiences are my own. If your pet’s behavior changes suddenly in any way, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. He or she can rule out any underlying medical issues as well as make additional recommendations. Consult your veterinarian before giving your pet Zylkene. Follow the recommended administration on the package, unless otherwise instructed by your veterinarian.

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