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

5 Ways to Keep an Indoors Cat Happy

This post is sponsored by Catego® for Cats, but all thoughts, opinions, and cute cat photos are 100% my own.

Here are 5 ways to keep your indoors cat happy! Where we live we have to keep our cat inside. Catego® for cats helps keep her happy #ad #Catego #byebyefleas

Our cat, Juniper, is strictly an indoors cat!

We adopted her from a shelter last June. She was the tiniest member of her litter left after her two brothers had been adopted, and she was barely two pounds! She pounced around her cage and fell into my daughter’s arms, and that’s when we knew she’d be ours to keep! I had to call my husband but once he saw the photos, he was a goner too! I mean, LOOK:

When we took her to the vet for her first exam, we asked some important questions. We wanted her to be healthy and happy, and we had to find a way to balance the two. We live in the middle of the woods, and it’s home to many predators. Between the animals and the road down the long driveway, there is only one choice – an indoors cat. The vet suggested we work hard to make her happy inside, and then she won’t want to go outside. I’m pretty happy with how it’s turned out.

Here are 5 ways to keep an indoors cat happy:

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1 – Keep them safe from fleas and ticks! Yes, even indoors cats are at risk. Junie is at risk because we go in and out a lot, and could bring back unwanted visitors on our boots and clothes. Also, Athena (our dog) goes out all day long and puts our cat at risk. When we made the decision to treat Athena for fleas and ticks, we also made the decision to treat Junie. There’s no other way! That’s where Catego® for Cats comes in. This is powerful flea and tick control made specifically for cats.

Catego® for Cats is an effective, monthly prevention of fleas, ticks and chewing lice for cats and kittens weighing over 1.5 pounds, and over 8 weeks of age. You’ll love it! It’s designed to meet the unique needs of cats, and kills fleas within six hours, while some other products kill fleas within 12 hours. Catego® for Cats has a patented applicator to make it easy to apply, and this minimizes the risk of skin abrasion. It’s non-greasy, quick-drying and available in 3 dose or 6 dose packs.

Catego® kills all life stages of ticks through contact, including Brown Dog Ticks, American Dog Ticks, Lone Star Ticks, and Deer Ticks. You use it even if you have an indoor cat, because fleas, ticks and lice find their way into your home through other living, breathing things. Apply this topical treatment monthly to protect your cat from harmful parasites – and just one application gives your cat protection for a full month. For more info about application, visit Categocat.com/how-to-apply.

Where can you find it? Catego® is available at PetSmart, through Amazon, or through your veterinarian. To find a veterinarian or store location near you to stock Catego®, visit Categocat.com/where-to-buy/.

Here are four other ways to make your indoors cat happy!

2 – Keep a clean house, and especially keep your cat’s food and water dishes, and litter box areas neat.

3 – Bring outside in! For us, that’s cat grass – a safe plant for cats to graze on.

4 – Picture Windows! Provide ample opportunities for your cat to be able to view the outside world.

5 – Provide your cat with ample opportunities to play. Sometimes she wants to play with me, and many times she wants to play with toys. I make her feather toys, or buy her bells, balls, mice, etc. She also has an exciting scratching pad.

Stay in touch with Catego® on their website, and on Facebook!

Enjoy your cat!


  1. Catego ® for Cats EPA Label.
  2. Frontline ® Plus website. http://www.frontline.com/plus/Pages/About.aspx. Accessed June 26, 2017.
  3. Advantage ® II website. https://www.petbasics.com/cat-products/advantage-ii-for-cats/product-detail/. Accessed June 26, 2017