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Summer (especially around the 4th of July) can be very stressful, especially if the furry family member gets anxiety during these hectic months. Does your pet have anxiety or stress from thunderstorms, fireworks, separation, travel, or their crate? Or do they show symptoms of stress and anxiety by excessive barking and whining, shaking, panting, drooling, clawing, hyperactivity, digging, hiding, or clinging? If your pet has any of these symptoms, Two Bostons has the solution for you!

Thundershirt: This amazing invention takes just a few minutes to put on and a visible difference can be seen in minutes! The Thundershirt is a lightweight, machine-washable spandex and Velcro wrap that works by exerting gentle, constant pressure all around your pet’s rib cage. After putting it on it provides direct feedback to your dog or cats brain – just like when you swaddle a new born baby.

The Thundershirt works…A survey of customers reports an impressive 85% success rate among pets experiencing anxiety or stress.

Anxiety and Stress Calming Supplements ~ These supplements paired with the Thundershirt can work wonders for your pets.

Happy Traveler by Ark Naturals: This was designed by a holistic veterinarian and PhD herbal scientist to ease anxiety and motion sickness. This is a great option for a quick fix…think of it like taking an aspirin for a headache. The active ingredients in Happy Traveler include Valerian, German Chamomile, L-Tryptophan and St. John’s Wort, all well-known herbs for their calming effects. It comes in pill form or chews and is a safe, non-toxic option for your dog or cat. Results most often can be seen in 45 minutes.

Rescue Remedy by Bach: Bach is a trusted name in natural remedies and this is a variation of the original stress relieving remedy that has been available for more than 70 years. Rescue Remedy contains a blend of five flower remedies: Impatiens, Star of Bethlehem, Cherry Plum, and Rock Rose in an alcohol-free formula, ideal for sensitive pets. The dropper allows you to easily administer it to your pet. For best results, simply place four drops into your pet’s mouth. Or you can add the drops to food, water, treats or even rub it into your pet’s nose, paws or ears.

July Third by Herbsmith: An immediate calming supplement for dogs. The herbs in July Third help keep your pet calm by promoting a sense of relaxation naturally. The B vitamins and amino acids help regulate mood and support a normal emotional balance. All the active ingredients in this immediate calming supplement provide fast-acting, natural tranquilizers that will keep your dog calm for a brief period of time. For best results give your pet the recommended amount of chews a couple hours before the stress is expected to occur.

Help your pet (and you) have a stress-free Summer with a natural calming supplement and Thundershirt! Stop in today and we can answer any questions you might have, show you a Thundershirt and find the best solutions for your furry-friends!

 

 

It looks like this weekend Summer is going to be heating up…which is a good time to remind pet-parents about the dangers of Heat Stroke in our four-legged friends. Could you imagine wearing a winter coat when it is 90° outside? That is what it is like for them during the summer.

What is Heat Stroke?

Heat stroke is a term used for hyperthermia or elevated body temperature. If your pet’s body temperature is at 103°F or above, that is considered abnormal or hyperthermic. When the body temperature reaches 106°F without previous signs of illness and is most commonly associated with exposure to excessive heat that is often referred to as heat stroke.

What Causes Heat Stroke?

Many people believe that heat stroke is limited to when a dog is confined in a small or enclosed place during high temperatures, such as a car. Yes, this can be the most common cause but there are also many others. Your dog can be affected by moving from cool places (like the A/C in the house or car) to outside. Extreme exercise and outdoor play can induce heat stroke as well.

What are the Symptoms of Heat Stroke?

  • Unexplained Restlessness
  • Excessive Panting
  • Fluctuating Panting
  • Excessive Drooling
  • Foaming at the Mouth
  • Dry or Tacky Gums
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Agitation, Whining, Anxiety

If you notice any of the signs listed above, work quickly to cool your dog and get in touch with your Vet as soon as possible.

How to Prevent Heat Stroke?

The number one way to prevent heat stroke is PLENTY of WATER! Shade is also a must if you are outside in the heat for extended periods of time. It is also important to limit your walks and play outside to the early morning and late evening hours. Having a Gulpy Water Dispenser by Kyjen is an easy way to keep your pup hydrated while out on hot days!

Remember, dogs don’t release heat from their bodies as well as humans do. Heat stroke is a very real (and sometimes fatal) risk this time of year. By keeping your furry friend cool, giving access to plenty of water, and limit large fluctuations in temperature, you will help avoid the dangers of heat stroke this (and every) summer.

 

 

Is it ever going to feel like Spring outside?!? I am sure our pups are feeling the same way! When it finally warms up and we can enjoy the outdoors, we want to make sure that you and your pups are ready!  Here are a few pointers to make to get your pup out of the house and enjoy a relaxing walk.

1. Collars, Leashes and Harnesses: You want to find a collar that is an appropriate width for the size of your dog. You will also want a leash that is easy to hold and handle. Using a harness to walk your dog is safer and healthier for all dogs, but especially short-faced breeds like Boston Terriers, Pugs, Boxers or Bulldogs. These breeds tend to have necks that are more susceptible to damage when they pull on their collars. Putting a well-fitted harness will be much better for them and will give you more control.

If you have a dog that REALLY pulls (or maybe you want a well-mannered walker) we suggest trying the Freedom No-Pull Harness by 2 Hounds. On the back of the harness there is a control loop, it gently tightens around the chest to discourage your dog from pulling. The harness has four adjustment points and stainless-steel hardware, making it strong enough to hold any dog from 14 to 250+ pounds. They are made in the USA and come in several colors and sizes.

For those of you that like to be hands free while walking, hiking, running or pushing a stroller, we have the perfect leash for you!  Ruff Wear has two leashes: Flat Out and Roamer Leashes.  They can both be converted from a hand-held leash to a waist worn leash with a quick adjustment. They also have a traffic handle positioned close to the E-Z snap hook that lets you take control and rein in your pup.

2. Poop Bags: Let’s face it, they do it! So be prepared…we have several different poop bags and poop bag holders to choose from. There is the regular plastic bag cylinder shaped bag holder, or the more fashionable poop bag carriers. Both kinds will attach to the top of the leash, so they are out of the way but there when you need them!

3. Hydration: If you are just going out for a quick walk around the block you probably don’t need to worry about taking water with you, but if you are on a longer walk or it is a really hot summer day, you will want to make sure you keep your pup hydrated! We have a few different options for you to choose from.

The Gourd Water Bottle & Bowl is perfect for on-the-go people that like to take their dogs along! You can take one water bottle for you and the dog! You drink from the top and just detach the bowl at the bottom and pour water in for your pup. It holds 24 ounces of liquid and the detachable bowl hold 8 ounces. It is also Dishwasher Safe.

4. Pet Corrector: Does your dog act like he hasn’t been out of the house for a year when you start your walks. This can help turn your hyperactive, loud and possibly aggressive dog into a well-behaved pup. The Pet Corrector is a hiss of compressed gas, that is completely safe for animals. Using the spray interrupts your dog’s unwanted behavior and grabs his attention. You control the blast of air, so you can respond to the bad behavior immediately.

Have a fun Spring and Summer enjoying the outdoors with your favorite pup!  If you need help with any supplies or have questions about any of the products mentioned, stop in or call any time!

Wow it has been HOT, especially for the beginning of Summer…and I am sure that it will continue to be hot throughout the summer. I thought that this would be a great time to remind you about the very real dangers of Heat Stroke to our four-legged friends. Could you imagine wearing your winter coat right now? That is what it is like for them during the summer.

 

What is Heat Stroke? 

Heat stroke is a term used for hypothermia or elevated body temperature. If your pet’s body temperature is at 103°F or above that is considered abnormal or hypothermic. When the body temperature reaches 106­°F without previous signs of illness and is most commonly associated with exposure to excessive heat that is often referred to as heat stroke.

What Causes Heat Stoke? 

Many people believe that heat stroke is limited to when a dog is confined in a small or enclosed place during high temperatures, such as a car. Yes, this can be the most common cause but there are also many others. Your dog can be affected by moving from cool places (like the A/C in the house or car) to outside. Extreme exercise and outdoor play can induce heat stroke as well.

What are the Symptoms of Heat Stroke?

  • Unexplained Restlessness
  • Excessive Panting
  • Fluctuating Panting
  • Excessive Drooling
  • Foaming at the Mouth
  • Dry or Tacky Gums
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Agitation, Whining, Anxiety

If you notice any of the signs listed above, work quickly to cool your dog and get in touch with your Vet as soon as possible.

How to Prevent Heat Stroke?

The number one way to prevent heat stroke is PLENTY of WATER! Shade is also a must if you are outside in the heat for extended periods of time. It is also important to limit your walks and play outside to the early morning and late evening hours. Having a Gulpy Water Dispenser by Kyjen is a easy way to keep your pup hydrated while out on hot days!

Remember dogs don’t release heat from their bodies as well as humans do. Heat stroke is a very real (and sometimes fatal) risk this time of year. By keeping your furry friend cool, giving access to plenty of water, and taking care to limit large fluctuations in temperature, you will help avoid the dangers of heat stroke this (and every) summer.

The Summer heat is still here…and we all want to keep our dogs cool.  Have you been trying to find fun and different ways to keep your dog comfortable? What about an icy summer treat? Well, Two Bostons has plenty of cool treats to help!6-29-12 ice bath 7

We all know that dogs love ice cubs, so why not put a little twist on them with Freezy Pups? Freezy Pups are an organic, frozen, make at home treat that your dog is sure to love.

The flavors are white cheddar cheese, chicken soup, juicy apple, and sweet potato & maple.  All of which are wheat, corn, soy and gluten free, with no artificial colors or flavors. Even more, each treat is less than 4 calories each!

We carry the kit as well as refills of each flavor.  The kit comes with everything you need: a bone shaped ice cube tray and one packet of each of the four flavors.  Each packet makes 14 cute bone shaped treats.  Refill boxes contain 5 packets.

These are so simple to make!  First, pick your flavor.  Start with 7 ounces of hot water.  Mix in the packet. Then just pour and freeze!  That’s it…it is that simple.Freezy Pups Made

These are perfect for your dog to munch on as treats or just let a few cubes melt and pour over his food.  You can also toss a few into the water bowl for them to go bobbing!  We have even had customers tell us that they will put them in treat dispensing toys.  No matter how you feed them, it’s a great way to cool off your dog and give them a extra source of hydration.

 

So the only question is, what is your dog’s favorite flavor?

 

With a heat advisory out for us until Friday evening, I thought it would be a great time to remind you about the very real dangers of Heat Stroke to our four-legged friends.  Could you imagine wearing your winter coat right now? That is what it is like for them during the summer.

Panting_xlibberWhat is Heat Stroke?

Heat stroke is a term used for hyperthermia or elevated body temperature.  If your pet’s body temperature is at 103°F or above that is considered abnormal or hypothermic.  When the body temperature reaches 106°F without previous signs of illness and is most commonly associated with exposure to excessive heat that is often referred to as heat stroke.

 

What Causes Heat Stroke?

Temperature-in-Car-GaugeMany people believe that heat stroke is limited to when a dog is confined in a small or enclosed place during high temperatures, such as a car.  Yes, this can be the most common cause but there are also many others.  Your dog can be affected by moving from cool places (like the A/C in the house or car) to outside.  Extreme exercise and outdoor play can induce heat stroke as well.

What are the Symptoms of Heat Stroke?

  1. Unexplained Restlessness
  2. Excessive Panting
  3. Fluctuating Panting
  4. Excessive Drooling
  5. Foaming at the Mouth
  6. Dry or Tacky Gums
  7. Difficulty Breathing
  8. Agitation, Whining, Anxiety

If you notice any of the signs listed above, work quickly to cool your dog and get in touch with your Vet as soon as possible.

How to Prevent Heat Stroke?

The number one way to prevent heat stroke is PLENTY of WATER!  Shade is also a must if you are outside in the heat for extended periods of time.  It is also important to limit your walks and play outside to the early morning and late evening hours too.  Having a cool spot to lie in the house will also work wonders!  If you have not seen our Canine Cooler Mat, you need to check this out today!

Remember dogs don’t release heat from their bodies as well as humans do.  Heat stroke is a very real (and sometimes fatal) risk this time of year.  But, by keeping your furry friend cool, giving access to plenty of water, and taking care to limit large fluctuations in temperature, you will help avoid the dangers of heat stroke this (and every) summer.

 

Fan-DogSummer is often an enjoyable season for people and pets…However hot weather can be uncomfortable for people and animals alike. When you feel the temperatures rise, think about how you would feel wearing a fur coat. If it is too hot for you, it is too hot for your dog. The following are some summer safety to insure you and your pooch have a happy, healthy summer.

  • Always provide plenty of cool, fresh water.
  • When outside, make sure there is shade available that your dog can rest in.
  • Take your dog for a walk in the early morning or in the evening when temperatures are cooler.  Also avoid walking on asphalt as it can be much hotter than other surfaces and burn the pads on your dog’s feet.
  • Heartworm is a deadly disease which is transmitted by mosquitoes. Be sure to discuss with your veterinarian heartworm testing and preventative. Flea and tick preventative should be discussed as well.
  • Never leave your dog in a closed car on a hot day. Even with the windows cracked, the temperature inside the car escalates to high temperatures very quickly.  Not only is this extremely dangerous and fatal for your dog, it is also against the law.  Play it safe and leave your dog at home if you think you might have to leave him in the car.
  • Water safety for dogs has many similarities to water safety for children.  Never throw a dog into the water, especially if it is their first attempt at swimming.  Introduce them slowly in shallow water to insure a positive experience. Dogs should always wear a flotation device when they are on a boat. Do not leave dogs unattended by pools or bodies of water.  Not all dogs are good swimmers and those that are can tire out quickly.
  • Brachycephalic dogs such as Bulldogs and Pugs have a harder time breathing and panting so keep these types of dogs out of the heat and in the air conditioning.panting
  • The heat can also be harder on overweight and senior pets so they should also be kept in the air conditioning as much as possible.
  • Know the signs of overheating! Early symptoms of heatstroke include rapid breathing and excessive drooling.  Advanced symptoms include white gums, lethargy, and shock. If you suspect your dog is overheating, immediately try to cool him down and contact your veterinarian.
  • Most dogs are scared of fireworks. The loud noise can startle your dog and cause him to run off. Or a curious dog might get injured by getting too close to a firecracker or sparkler. Please leave them at home or inside when taking part in Fourth of July celebrations.

AnnaPaytonFor more information on how to keep your pet safe this summer, ask any Two Bostons Team Member or consult your veterinarian.

Anna Payton is the Executive Director at the Naperville Area Humane Society.  Visit them at www.napervilleareahumanesociety.org; follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @NaperHumane

 

 

During the dog days of summer, it can sometimes be hard to make our dogs cool and comfortable, inside and outside.  We recently got two new products that are sure to help your dog stay cool and comfortable this summer!

Dog Cot from 4Legs4Pets

These cots come in several different colors, patterns and sizes.  Your dog can lay outside and be cool…it is perfect for pool lounging, hot decks, at the beach or even napping in the house.  Here are just some of the other benefits to these cots:

  • Indoor/Outdoor
  • Wipes clean
  • Open mesh, lace-up style cover, allowing easy re-tightening
  • Resists mold, mildew, fleas and other pests
  • Gray color powder-coated steel frame has unique square-end for longer frame life
  • Wide, high-impact plastic legs

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Outlast® Dog Bed Sleep System by Snoozer

When you come into the store to look at these beds, you need to unzip them and put your hand it…you will find that it is amazingly cool!  This is great for older dogs or dogs who get a bit too warm in the summer, or anytime of year.  So, if your dog walks around the house looking for a cool spot to relax, this is the perfect and comfy choice!

The Snoozer Dog Bed with Outlast® technology combines three special features:

  1. Outlast® Heat management technology
  2. Snoozer Odor Adios, Odor eliminating proprietary fabric insert
  3. High-density, convoluted foam available in three or five-inch thickness

The Snoozer Dog Bed with Outlast® technology is designed to manage heat and moisture.  This space-age material was developed for NASA to help manage the buildup of heat by mitigating temperature swings to balance temperature, keeping pets Not too Hot, Not too Cold®.

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Stop in and ask any of our Team Members to check out these amazing beds and they can help you find the perfect size and color!