It’s officially spring and the warm weather is finally here. It’s time to dust off your sneakers, grab your dog’s leash and head outdoors! Whether you are visiting the dog park, playing a game of frisbee in the backyard, or taking your dog along on your family’s summer vacation, there are some pet products you’ll want to have on hand during the spring and summer months. I’m excited to partner with RPG Innovations to share some great spring dog care essentials that my dogs I have recently had the opportunity to try out.
RPG Innovations includes the OUT! Pet Care, Simple Solution and Vet’s Best brands which are available nationwide, and provide quality pet-care products that enhance the relationship between people and their pets.
My two dogs, Winston and Fionna, have been really enjoying the warm spring weather and spending more time outdoors. But with the outdoors comes fleas, ticks and mosquitoes.
Spring Dog Care Essentials
Flea, Tick & Insect Protection
Protecting your dog from fleas, ticks and other insects can be so challenging during the warmer months. The mild winter we had this year in Georgia, gave a very brief reprieve from fleas and ticks. I spotted the first flea of the season on my dog, Fionna, a couple of weeks ago. I have always felt a little uneasy using most flea and tick preventatives on my dogs, but here in the south where it gets so hot it’s quite necessary. I am so glad to have been introduced to the new Natural Care line of flea and tick products which are made with botanical oils and are free of harsh chemicals.
Natural Care flea and tick products are made from ingredients you can feel good about. The Flea & Tick Drops have Clove, Thyme, and Cinnamon oils, for instance, the Mosquito Repellent has Lemongrass Oil and Geraniol (which is derived from Citronella), and the flea and tick sprays have Peppermint Oil and Eugenol (which is derived from Clove).
Many plants in the wild evolved to build a natural protection against pests. Natural Care extracts the pure botanical oils which contain the anti-bug properties from these specific plants and blends them in ways that make them effective against fleas and ticks (and mosquitoes). You’ll be glad to know that these products are conveniently available now at Walmart.
OUT! Dog Pads
Having the kids home for summer break, going on a family vacations, and other changes in your routine can trip up your dog’s potty routine. My dog, Fionna, was a puppy mill rescue and while she is doing much better about going potty outside, I doubt she will ever fully be potty trained. Having a good dog pad is an absolute must for us. Winston usually does a great job of going outside, but even he gets tripped up on occasion when we travel or have out-of-town guests visiting us. A package of absorbent dog pads is just one of those things that is good to have on hand when you are a dog owner, even when your pet is well potty trained.
OUT! has launched Heavy Duty Quilted Dog Pads, which are 50 percent stronger and 25 percent more absorbent – and the XXL size is 75 percent larger – than regular pads.
I have been using OUT! Dog Pads for years for the great quality and value. The recently redesigned OUT! Odor Control Quilted Dog Pads give pet parents like me improved quality and performance at the same great price. The pads are made of 5 layers for more absorbency and provide protection against leaks. The diamond quilting provides quicker absorption and faster drying, and helps prevent puddling by quickly distributing liquid across the core. No more pee pee paw prints throughout the house! The new pads also have advanced odor control technology that helps reduce odors by 50 percent compared to the standard pads. There is even an attractant that helps make sure pets know where to go potty. This is incredibly helpful when potty training a new pup.
Stain & Odor Products
In case your dog doesn’t hit the pad, which sadly doesn’t always happen at my house, Simple Solution has four new stain and odor products to meet every type of pet-related cleaning need – even those hard-to-remove lingering odors. For more than 30 years, Simple Solution has been offering effective and convenient cleaning solutions for pet parents. They are the first pet product company to offer stain and odor products with a new Pro Bacteria™ and enzyme formula.
Simple Solution Urine Destroyer Stain & Odor Remover breaks down urine proteins hidden in carpets to permanently remove urine smells and stains, helping to prevent repeat markings and neutralize tough odors fast.
Simple Solution Spring Breeze Extreme Stain & Odor Remover. Three times more concentrated than the original, the stain and odor remover harnesses a unique blend of ProBacteria and enzymes to organically remove the toughest pet messes while also removing odors, leaving rooms smelling of the new scent, Spring Breeze.
Orange Oxy Charged Stain & Odor Remover. The triple-Oxy formula quickly removes the toughest stains, such as feces, blood, vomit, grass and wine and Orange power leaves the room/area smelling fresh and clean.
Simple Solution Disinfectant Stain & Odor Remover disinfects as it cleans and kills 99.9% of germs: Escherichia Coli, Salmonella enterica, Staphylococcus aureus, and A H1N1 virus.
These products are formulated to be safe for use around pets and children, and are safe to use on carpets, upholstery, hard surfaces, cement and other water-safe surfaces.
We all know about the benefits of probiotics for humans, so it only makes sense that your pets will benefit from probiotics too. Vet’s Best Probiotics Soft Chews offer proactive support and maintenance for digestive system health and balance. Each chew contains 1.5 billion colony forming units with active cultures of six strains of bacteria. My dogs think they are getting a treat when they take these!
Vet’s Best offers a line of 7 different once-a-day Soft Chews health supplements for dogs, giving pet parents an easy and effective supplement option for their pooches made with natural, high quality ingredients.
My dogs have only tried the Probiotic Chews, but also available are Advanced Hip & Joint Soft Chews, Proactive Hip & Joint Soft Chews, Comfort Calm Soft Chews, Multivitamin Soft Chews, Seasonal Allergy Soft Chews, and Skin & Coat Soft Chews. I look forward to trying some of the other health supplements, and plan to continue them on the Probiotic Chews, since my dog, Winston, has been having some frequent irregularities. It might have something to do with all the new spring weeds I keep catching him munching on.
For more pet tips, visit Live the Pet Life blog, and enter the SPRING10 promo code at checkout and receive 10% off all OUT! Pet Care, Simple Solution and Vet’s Best products. Code valid through March 31, 2016.