Leaving Pets in a Hot Car Can Be Deadly

During the summer people love to take their pets on errands with them, and I am no exception, however people need to take into account the temperature outside and leave them at home when it’s hot.  Even a quick stop into the store can cause death to your dog.  Below is some important information that can save your pets life.

“On an 80 degree day, the temperature in a car can rise to 120 degrees in just 10 minutes. Parking in the shade and leaving the windows open does not help nor does it change the fact that a dog’s body cannot tolerate extreme heat. They do not sweat like people do ~ dogs pant and sweat through the nose and the pads on their feet. If a dog’s temperature reaches 106 degrees the damage it suffers internally may be irreversible. Dogs with short noses (Pugs, Bulldogs), those that are overweight, very young or very old, long haired or dark in color are at greater risk.

Signs of heat stroke include heavy panting, dark red gums, thick saliva, dry mucus membranes, dizziness or disorientation, inability to stand, collapse and/or loss of consciouness. A heat stroke in dogs can develop into a potentially deadly situation in as little as 20 minutes ~ if your dog shows any of these signs it requires immediate medical attention. 

You can help cool your overheated dog on the way to the vet by placing cool (not cold), wet towels on its body ~ particularly around the head, stomach, and foot pads. Cold water will constrict the blood vessels and can cause further overheating. Offer your dog water to drink, but do not force it into your dog’s mouth. ~ The Examiner”

If you see a pet in distress inside a vehicle, call 911 for help.


Designer Pet Beds Help Feng Shui in Rooms

In May, Pawsitively Elegant was proud to introduce our new line of Designer Pet Beds.  It’s important that our products are not only functional but a piece of furniture that is both stylish and beautiful.  Our line was made to blend in with our clients furniture rather than being an eye soar in the corner.  Our clients can be proud of their purchase knowing that it was customized to their interests and decor.  In feng shui it’s important to have  a continual flow in the room.   The key to designing a relaxing space is to reduce the unnecessary clutter filling the room. The ‘qi’ or energy will become stagnant due to excess clutter rather than flowing freely throughout the room. This stagnation will ultimately have a negative effect on whomever spends time in that room.  Together with a beautiful and comfortable bed for your pampered pooch, the feng shui in the room can more easily be achieved.

“Techniques such as changing the color of a room, rearranging the placement of furniture and adding a few specific elements for decoration can create powerful effects not only on your mood, but also different areas of your life such as love, health and money. However each individual room must be analyzed separately and different colors, placement and decorative objects are used specific to that room.”  Feng Shui Room Design

Our pet beds come in small, medium, large and extra large and can be purchased at Etsy http://www.etsy.com/shop/pawsitivelyelegant

Pet Friendly Getaways

More than 75 percent of Americans would take their pet on every vacation — if only they could — a recent survey by the American Automobile Association and Best Western International found. Not only that, almost 30 percent of traveling pet-owners said they would choose their pets over their significant others as a traveling companion — if only they could.

But more than half of those traveling pet-owners said it was difficult to find pet-friendly accommodations. And since almost 75 percent of pet-inclusive vacations involve visiting friends or family, there’s often more at stake than just fun getaways.

Although it’s fashionable for establishments to bill themselves as “pet-friendly,” some are more pet-friendly than others. For instance, some will not accept felines, or dogs over a certain weight. Some establishments limit how many pets can be lodged in a room, or charge additional fees for or deposits for accommodating pets.

Some hotels don’t allow pets on the beds, and provide pet beds instead. Some hotels don’t permit guests to leave pets unattended; some do for short periods; and some even provide a pet-sitting service.

Though pet policies can be found on hotel or pet travel web sites, the information can be incomplete or outdated. Hotels may alter their pet policies from one month to the next, so make sure their pet-friendly policy is still in place before toting the pet along.

Here are some of our favorite pet-friendly destinations if you’re planning a trip this month: