Vulnerable Community in Honduras Facing Zika Virus Challenges Turns to Insect Shield® Blankets to Help Protect Children Cared for by FootSteps Missions

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Located in Santa Barbara, Honduras, the FootSteps Missions Garden of Love and Hope facility is in a hotbed location for the Zika virus. The orphanage works with children termed “economic orphans.” They have a mother but she cannot afford to take care of them, so Footsteps Missions provides food, clothes, medicine, and education for all the children. Recently, they have been faced with the added challenges of Zika virus cases in their community. In response, they reached out to Insect Shield® and are now protecting children with protective blankets to help ward off the disease-carrying mosquitoes. FS2
Garden of Love and Hope supports numerous children in their facility. They are also in the process of creating a job training skills center to help older children learn and develop. Their hope is to help shape leaders for the next generation who will be able to thrive and positively impact their communities – education is the core foundation to achieve this goal. According to FootSteps Missions, progress is happening. Children who were once shunned from society are now helping in the community, serving others at the nursing home and kindergarten, and finishing high school and beyond.

Health is paramount for FootSteps Missions to continue helping their community. Because there is no vaccine for Zika, the CDC recommends protection from mosquito bites including the use of permethrin treated clothing/textiles. Insect Shield Protection Blankets repel mosquitoes, ticks, flies and fleas including those that can carry additional dangerous diseases beyond Zika virus such as malaria, West nile virus, dengue fever and leishmaniasis. FS4

Insect Shield blanket pairs well with other vector-borne disease prevention tools, such as mosquito nets, for ultimate protection against insects and the diseases they can carry. Insect Shield protection is effective and long-lasting. Insect Shield blankets are ideal for orphanages since can be used by the entire family with no restrictions for use and offer multipurpose protection – warmth, ground cover and protection from insects. FS3

Insect Shield also works with a number of additional relief organizations such as World Vison® and Medical Teams International to put the Protection Blanket in the hands of those most at-risk. World Vision® includes the Insect Shield Protection Blankets into their Promise Packs for distribution to children living in extreme poverty in Malawi, Mali, Niger, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, Cambodia, Philippines, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Haiti and Nicaragua. Insect Shield and World Vision are also working together on their Gift Catalog offer to help protect children in malaria risk areas.

About Footsteps Missions: For more information about Footsteps Missions and to help support their efforts, please visit 1240554_447618262018323_268307180_n

About Insect Shield® Technology:  Insect Shield Repellent Apparel and Gear are revolutionary products designed to provide long-lasting, effective and convenient personal insect protection. The durable protection provided by Insect Shield is the result of years of research and testing. In July 2003, Insect Shield Repellent Apparel was registered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Insect Shield Technology is utilized by leading lifestyle brands, work wear distributors and International relief organizations across the globe to provide effective protection against insects and the diseases they can carry. Insect Shield is an approved vendor of the US Army and US Marine Corps.

World Malaria Day 2016

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world_malaria_day_imageCourtesy of the WHO and RollBack Malaria Partnership Web sites

It’s Time to #EndMalaria
On April 25th people across the globe take part in a wide range of activities to mark World Malaria Day. For half the world every day is malaria day – a day to keep up the fight against this killer disease.

No child should have to die from a mosquito bite, yet malaria still kills a child every two minutes. We can be the generation that ends malaria – one of the oldest and deadliest diseases in human history.

Key Facts

  • In 2015, there were 214 million cases, and 438 000 deaths from Malaria
  • 3.2 billion (almost half of the world population) are at risk
  • In 2015, 97 countries had on-going malaria transmission
  • The global malaria mortality rate was reduced by 60% in 2000 – 15, and an estimated 6.2 million lives were saved as a result of a scale-up of malaria interventions
  • US$ 5.1 billion is needed every year, double the funding available

Learn more about the latest innovations leading the fight against malaria:


National Heartworm Awareness Month: Tips for Keeping Pets Parasite Free

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heartwormawarenessApril is National Heartworm Awareness Month, Spring is here and so are the bugs. Every year it is a challenge to keep them off our pets and out of our homes. Recently, we spoke with veterinarian, Dr Katy Nelson about the prevalence, risks and prevention tactics we can deploy to keep our pets pest-free in the coming summer months.

We hate to say it… however, chances are, if you find a tick or flea on your pet, the likelihood of them being in your home is quite large… In this case, simply treating your pet won’t rid the problem entirely, because you risk re-infestation until pests are fully eradicated.

Here are some helpful tips to avoid critter infestations in the coming months…

  • Yes, it is a good idea to do this every day to remove eggs, larvae and adults. Vacuuming is one of the easiest ways to prevent tick and flea infestations in your house.
  • Don’t Forget! Be sure to vacuum everything – carpets, inside couches and under chair cushions, carper runners, bath mats and along baseboards!

Steam clean carpets:

  • The hot steam and soap kills fleas in all stages of the life cycle.
  • Steam clean extra carefully where pets sleep.

Buy products treated with Permethrin

  • Consider the purchase of pet beds, bandanas, car seat covers, blankets and more that are treated with Permethrin, such as Insect Shield for Pets
  • If your pet bedding is not treated be sure to wash it regularly (also your family bedding on which pets lie.) Wash in hot, soapy water often. (at least every 2 weeks)
  • If an infestation is severe, discard old pet bedding and replace it with fresh, clean material.

Create Tick Safe Zones in Landscaping
Modify your landscape to create Tick Safe Zones

  • You can make your yard less attractive to ticks depending on how you landscape.

Here are some simple landscaping techniques that can help reduce tick populations:

  • Clear tall grasses and brush around homes and at the edge of lawns.
  • Place a 3-ft wide barrier of wood chips or gravel between lawns and wooded areas and around patios and play equipment. This will restrict tick migration into recreational areas.
  • Mow the lawn frequently and keep leaves raked.
  • Stack wood neatly and in a dry area (discourages rodents that ticks feed on).
  • Keep playground equipment, decks, and patios away from yard edges and trees and place them in a sunny location, if possible.
  • Remove any old furniture, mattresses, or trash from the yard that may give ticks a place to hide.
    (Tips courtesy of the CDC website)

Check Pets for ticks and Fleas

  • Mow the lawn frequently and keep leaves raked.
  • Stack wood neatly and in a dry area (discourages rodents that ticks feed on).
  • Comb: Some adult ticks can be visible to the naked eye – but others can be as small as a poppy seed! So you might be able to find some on pets with shorter hair. For long haired pets it helps to use a comb. Use the comb along your pet’s belly and back. If you find fleas or ticks, immediately get rid of them in soapy water you will have nearby, at-the-ready!
  • Itching: In some cases it will be abundantly clear that your pet has fleas or ticks due to incessant scratching.
  • Tick Mat: When checking for fleas and ticks, it helps to put them on a white sheet, towel or mat to see if any fall off.

Always be sure to carefully follow the instructions when using tick and flea protective products…

Dr. Katy is an associate veterinarian at the Belle Haven Animal Medical Centre, as well as host and executive producer of “The Pet Show with Dr. Katy” on Washington DC’s News Channel 8. She’s reports on animal health topics for Washington DC’s All News Radio Station, WTOP News as well as on camera for WJLA ABC 7 News.  She is the Medical Director of Pet Health for Stop Aging Now, Medical Director of Pet Health for BioStem Logics and the Proprietor of KJN Pet Marketing.  She has been featured on NBC’s Today Show, Fox and Friends, The Meredith Vieira Show, CNBC’s PowerPitch, HuffPost Live, to name a few, and is the expert for the second season of the popular show “Unlikely Animal Friends” to air this spring on NatGeo Wild.  She is a frequent contributor to HuffPost Pets, BarkPost and PetMD and you can also read “Ask Dr. Katy” quarterly in the Virginia-Maryland-DC Dog Magazine, or online.  Dr. Katy has been a small animal veterinarian for 15 years, and is a proud graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine.  In her spare time she is an avid traveler, athlete, wife, rescue proponent, and proud mom to three four-leggers and two two-leggers.

New Insect Shield Maternity/Lifestyle Collection in Wake of Zika-Concerns

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According to a recent CDC update, Puerto Rico will be ground zero for the fight against Zika in the United States. Health experts claim that 1 in 5 people could become infected. Also recently, 9 pregnant travelers from the US have laboratory-confirmed cases of Zika. Of the 9 cases, one infant was born with severe microcephaly. There are 10 additional cases of concern and under investigation. In response to strong demand from consumers for a wider assortment of insect repellent protective clothing options for families and pregnant women, Insect Shield is launching a lifestyle collection, including a variety of maternity basics and every day styles for the entire family. The collection will help offer protection to those traveling to Zika-risk areas and also work well to help protect families from ticks and mosquitoes in their own backyards.

The virus, which is transmitted by the Aedes mosquito, was first discovered in 1947 in Uganda and lived mostly in monkeys. But this year cases in humans have increased dramatically with an alarming connection noted between infected pregnant women and microcephaly — a severe neurological disorder that causes their babies to be born with abnormally small heads. This causes developmental issues and sometimes death.

Because there is no vaccine for Zika, the CDC recommends protection from mosquito bites including the use of permethrin treated clothing.

Personal Protection Tips:
Use EPA-registered insect repellents
Use topical repellents on exposed skin
Wear pre-treated permethrin insect repellent clothing (such as Insect Shield)

IS-Womens-Maternity-hoody_6_1750Insect Shield Maternity and Lifestyle Collection:
The new Insect Shield Maternity and Lifestyle collection includes a range of every day basics to help protect pregnant women and families. The assortment includes casual tops and bottoms ideal for weekend wear, buggy backyard BBQ’s, gardening and sporting events – all with built-in, Insect Shield protection.



Zika and Chikungunya viruses causing concerns

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Insect Shield repels mosquitoes, ticks and other dangerous insects. Mosquito-borne illnesses such as malaria, Dengue fever and West Nile virus are still prevalent throughout the globe. In addition, newer mosquito-borne viruses such as Zika and Chikungunya are blanketing the news headlines.

What is Zika?
Zika is making the news due to a disturbing connection in the country of Brazil where it has been linked to a rise in a phenomenon called microcephaly. A possible connection between Zika virus infection in pregnant women and subsequent birth defects is being investigated by Doctors in Brazil. Health experts in Puerto Rico have also just announced reports of the first case of Zika and are issuing a warning to travelers.

According to the CDC, Zika virus is transmitted to people from the bite of a mosquito. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week.

Outbreaks of Zika have occurred in areas of Africa, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the Americas. There is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat Zika. Travelers can protect themselves from this disease by taking steps to prevent mosquito bites. There are concerns of Zika reaching the United States.

What is Chikungunya?
Chikungunya is a mosquito-borne virus that can cause fever and other unpleasant symptoms. Outbreaks of the chikungunya have occurred in countries such as Africa, Asia, and Europe, as well as the Indian and Pacific Oceans for quite some time. In 2013, chikungunya virus transmissions were reported on islands in the Caribbean. The first locally acquired case of chikungunya was reported July 17, 2014 in Florida.

Signs and Symptoms
High fever
Joint pain
Muscle aches

Prevention Tips
Courtesy of the CDC
Zika and Chikungunya viruses are primarily transmitted to people by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Bottom line, it is important to stay protected when enjoying the outdoors in the coming spring/summer months or when traveling to buggy locales. The best method of avoiding infection is by preventing mosquito bites in the first place.

  • Wear long-sleeve shirts, pants and socks treated with permethrin. (such as Insect Shield)
  • Use insect repellents.
  • Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide long lasting protection.
  • If you use both sunscreen and insect repellent, apply the sunscreen first and then the repellent.
  • Do not spray repellent on the skin under your clothing.
  • Use air conditioning or window/door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
  • If you are not able to protect yourself from mosquitoes inside your home or hotel, sleep under a mosquito bed net.
  • Help reduce the number of mosquitoes outside your home or hotel room by emptying standing water from containers such as flowerpots or buckets.


National panel of hardware retailing experts give Insect Shield blankets the thumbs up!

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members_choice_award_4CNew products from Insect Shield® Repellent Technology earned recent recognition from a national panel of hardware retailing experts. Blankets and bandanas featuring Insect Shield Repellent Technology were showcased in the New Idea Exhibit at the Do it Best October Market, held October 9-12 in Indianapolis, IN. Thanks to their innovative technology and ability to diversify retailers’ merchandising mix, these Insect Shield products earned the coveted Members’ Choice Award from a judging panel comprised of Do it Best member-owners who are leaders in the home improvement industry.

“Our markets are important in bringing exciting new products to our independent retailers that can help them expand their merchandise mix and increase their sales,” said Trisha Hinen, Manager of Divisional Promotions for Do it Best Corp. “The New Idea Exhibit is a valuable source for identifying the next breakout product stars for our retailers. And Members’ Choice Award winners like Insect Shield can certainly help them compete and win in their marketplace.”

In addition to honoring Insect Shield products at the market, the Do it Best Corp. merchandising team will promote Members’ Choice award winners online, via email promotions and in other communications to their member-owners. Winning vendors also receive a special designation at the spring market, so an increasing number of retailers know about their potential to drive sales.

About Do it Best Corp.
Based in Fort Wayne, Ind., Do it Best Corp. is the only U.S.-based, member-owned comprehensive and fully integrated hardware, lumber and building materials buying cooperative in the home improvement industry. With annual sales approaching $3 billion, Do it Best Corp. is the second largest co-op in the industry, serving more than 3,800 member-owned locations in the United States and in 54 other countries. For more information, visit

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Award $2 Million Grant for Lyme Disease Prevention Study Utilizing Insect Shield® Repellent Technology

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tick-WEBDr. Thomas Mather, University of Rhode Island (URI) Professor of Public Health Entomology and Dr. Steven Meshnick, Epidemiologist University of North Carolina (UNC), to lead the research team.

Lyme disease has become one of the fastest growing epidemics to date. The incidence of tick-borne disease throughout the country has doubled since 1991. Nationally, the CDC estimates about 300,000 cases of Lyme disease are diagnosed annually. According to the CDC, in 2014, 96% of confirmed Lyme disease cases were reported from 14 states – one of which was Rhode Island. In response, the CDC’s NIOSH division, which works to prevent workplace illnesses and injuries, awarded a federal grant worth $2,039,000 to study Lyme disease prevention and exposure among outdoor workers. Throughout the next four years field studies will be conducted testing the effectiveness of long lasting permethrin-impregnated (LLPI) clothing treated with Insect Shield® Repellent Technology for outdoor workers.
FAQ_MatherDr. Thomas Mather, Director of the Center for Vector-Borne Disease at the University of Rhode Island (URI) and University of North Carolina (UNC) epidemiologist Dr. Steven Meshnick, will lead the team in researching whether long-lasting permethrin treatment is a viable strategy for reducing tick-borne diseases, particularly Lyme disease, among outdoor workers. The results of the investigation could help workers determine the best type of personal protective equipment and work practices to employ to protect against ticks and tick-borne illnesses. According to the CDC’s grant announcement: “If successful, the research could provide strong and much needed evidence that the long-lasting treatment of clothing with permethrin results in significant reductions in tick-borne diseases.”
meshnick_steve_in.weeds_A 2011 pilot study conducted by researchers at The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health reported that the incidence of tick attachments was reduced by 93 percent (99% during working hours) among workers wearing Insect Shield Repellent Apparel. The report was published online March 11 in the journal Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases.

Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed, a Lyme Disease Awareness advocate, has called for a national strategy to combat Lyme disease and expand federal research efforts to increase Lyme surveillance and prevention. “Tick borne diseases pose serious public health challenges,” says Senator Reed. “We want people to enjoy the great outdoors, but we also want them to be safe and aware of what they can do to protect themselves and their families. I am working to boost federal research and coordination to help prevent Lyme disease and strengthen surveillance of tick-borne illnesses. This new grant is a smart investment that will enable Dr. Mather and his colleagues to field test tick repellent clothing and better understand the best and safest ways to protect people, particularly folks who spend a great deal of time outdoors, from tick bites,” adds Reed.

Reed has also cosponsored the Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Prevention, Education, and Research Act of 2015, which aims to help ensure the necessary resources are dedicated to fighting tick-borne diseases throughout the country. The legislation would place greater federal focus on research, education, and outreach to individuals and families, and coordination among health professionals and government agencies. Last year, Reed, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, helped secure $23 million for the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for Lyme disease research grants.

“There just are more ticks in more places these days,” said Dr Thomas Mather. “Ticks and the infections they carry, like Lyme disease, are a largely unmet public health crisis. There is an urgent need for research on actionable prevention strategies that are easy for people at risk to adopt,” he added. “Safe and effective tick repellent clothing could make tick bite protection as easy as getting dressed in the morning,” Mather explained.

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Vector-Borne Disease: Education, Risks, & New Protective Products for your Pet

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A conversation with Dr. James St Clair: Veterinarian, Founder of TopDog Health
Dr. James St. Clair, an outspoken voice for dog health techniques and practices, has had a core focus on pet owner education since 2004. Warmly referred to as “Dr. J,” he owns and operates a 3 doctor, full service, small animal practices in central Connecticut (a hot bed for Lyme disease). In the fall of 2004 Dr. J founded TopDog Health & Rehabilitation, a progressive canine physical rehabilitation facility focused primarily post-orthopedic surgery patients and older arthritic dogs. TopDogs focuses on research and development of innovative joint health products and therapy support products. In addition, as a pet-owner and father of young children living in a tick-infested region of the country known for its prevalence of Lyme disease, he is an enormous advocate of insect-borne disease awareness and the latest prevention strategies.

Here are some important facts to know about vector-borne disease, the risks for your pet and the benefits of Insect Shield® from “Dr. J’s” perspective…

Vector-borne disease: Know the risks and facts
According to the CAPC (Companion Animal Parasite Council) 3 out of 4 veterinary clients (aka pet owners) want to know about the risk of vector-borne diseases.

A 2014 CAPC study found that 74% of vet customers want to know about vector-borne diseases and testing. And yet, only 55% of veterinarians are talking about parasites on a regular basis. Educating pet owners about parasites is an opportunity to make sure every pet is tested and protected. Education starts with your vet.

Fact: Disease transmission through insects is directly related to exposure, therefore preventative technology (such as Insect Shield®) is your first line of defense to minimizing exposure.

Fact: There is currently only a vaccine available for Lyme disease. There are not vaccines for all the other tick borne diseases such as Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis and many others.

Fact: Though topical flea and tick medications over the last 20 years have been transformative, in the sense they were much better than no protection at all, they have still had their challenges.

Fact: In my 12 years of practice, I have had numerous dogs who were both vaccinated and using topical flea and tick preventatives, and they still managed to contract Lyme disease. According to the CAPC 1 out of 16 dogs tested positive for Lyme.

Lyme disease:
Courtesy of CAPC website
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1 out of 38 dogs tested positive for Ehrlichiosis (CAPC)
Ehrlichiosis is a bacterial illness transmitted by ticks that causes flu-like symptoms. The signs and symptoms of ehrlichiosis range from mild body aches to severe fever and usually appear within a week or two of a tick bite.

1 out of 26 dogs tested positive for Anaplasmosis (CAPC)
Anaplasmosis is a disease caused by the bacterium Anaplasma phagocytophilium. This pathogen is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected tick. The black-legged tick (Ixodes scapularis) is the vector of A.

STEP TWO: Prevention BEFORE exposure
A key benefit of Insect Shield® for Pets Products
There are a number of effective flea and tick solutions in the marketplace. However, consumers need to understand that this is not a one or the other situation and that there is no magic bullet. When it comes to protecting pets from insects and insect-transmitted diseases, it is a do everything you can approach. Given the importance of deploying all methods of protection, Insect Shield® pet clothing and accessory products make total sense. You are utilizing products you already use every day, such as a dog bed, and gaining the added benefit of convenient, long lasting insect protection. Your pets are passively protected, simply by using or wearing every day pet products.

Preventing insect transmitted disease is a HUGE deal for our pets. 95% of the products recommended by the veterinary community are focused on treatment after the pets have been exposed to these insects… Finally, with Insect Shield®, we have clinically proven solutions that actually help prevent exposure in the first place. This preventative approach is hugely important in the battle against bugs and what we have been waiting for in the pet industry for a long time.

Minimizing exposure should be our primary objective. Pet owners need to think proactive vs. reactive. It is simplistically obvious, if you “deter” the insects from ever getting to your pet in the first place it minimizes the risks.

Incorporating pet protective methods is highly important, whether your dog lives a typical cushy, domestic lifestyle, or they are active, outdoor enthusiasts. Insects are everywhere. No matter where you live in this country (or world for that matter) insect disease transmission is a real live danger to both human and pet/animal health and well being. Incorporating the Insect Shield® Technology into pet clothing, bedding and accessory products is truly transformative.

Fact: This technology is hands down a great investment that has been clinically proven to work…

By, Dr James St Clair
TopDog Health

Find out which Canine Vector-Borne Diseases are in your Area?
Using a canine vector-borne map below you can quickly learn what tick-borne diseases may be lurking in your neighborhood. This map is a great resource to assess disease risk in your area. (Courtesy of the Pet Health Network)

Tips for keeping your pet critter-free:
Tips for Keeping your Pets Critter-Free
Tick Encounter Resource Center – Pet Prevention

Insect Shield for Pets:
For more information about Insect Shield pet products, visit

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National Dog Day: Pet Trends with Benefits

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Did you know that today is National Dog Day? What better time than now to serve up a few of latest pet trends to help care for your furry friends?

What are the latest pet trends that will impact you and your furry friends tomorrow? Petrendologist Charlotte Reed discusses 12 trends that affect both you and your pet. “By researching your pet product choices, you are ensuring safer and healthier animal family members as well as their environment for years to come, without breaking the bank,” she says.

1. Farm fresh diets

To keep their pets active and healthy on the inside and outside, pet parents are looking for all USA-made and sourced natural and fresh diets. Evanger’s Dog And Cat Food Company sources its ingredients within 50 miles of its pet food manufacturing facility to make healthier combinations of fresh, hand-packed meats, fruits and veggies for dogs, cats and ferrets.

2. Offering eco-friendly litter

Each year, over 2 million tons of clay and other chemical litters are disposed of into U.S. landfills. Instead of compromising the environment, cat owners have a choice to use biodegradable and flushable litters like okocat. Made from reclaimed wood sources and featuring a natural, bacteria inhibiting quality, okocat natural cat litters have amazing absorption powers and odor control. Just scoop out clumped waste daily and the litter lasts for weeks, even months.

3. The dish on the dish

A stainless steel pet dish is affordable, durable, easy-to-care for and offers additional health benefits for pets and their people. Stainless steel pet dishes do not promote bacteria growth and can easily be washed by hand or by dishwasher. Featuring a blend of fashion and function, the Bella Bowls Designer Collection features stainless steel interiors with attractive, poly-resin exteriors. Their removable rubber base prevents skids and spills, eliminating kitchen hazards and noise.

4. Research your pet product choices

According to the American Animal Hospital Association and the American College of Veterinary Dermatology, pets need sunscreen, too! “Use Epi-Pet Sun Protector Spray, the only Federal Drug Administration compliant pet sunscreen on short-haired; light colored; hairless; and Golden retrievers, Boxers and other dogs that are susceptible to skin cancer,” says Michael Fleck, DMV, the creator of the Epi-Pet – a high performance skin and ear care product line. Contained in a sports bottle, Epi-Pet Sun Protector Spray allows you to turn the bottle upside down, making it easier to spray your dog all over.

5. Dog chew on this

Oral care is a growing trend among pet owners for a good reason. According to the Veterinary Oral Health Council, 80 percent of adult dogs and cats are affected by three years of age. Daily chewing activities can be effective in maintaining oral health. WHIMZEES dental dog chews are a solution because their knobby, whimsical shapes promote better circulation to gums and teeth for improved dental health. Additionally, they are tasty as well as grain, corn and gluten free; digestible; and vegetarian.

6. I spy my pets

Technological advances are improving the lives of humans and pets on a daily basis. Pet tech products on the market can help you take care of your pets with ease and without stress, especially if you have an older, ill or special needs pet at home. Motorola Scout66 WIFI Video Pet Camera allows pet parents to have two-way communication with their pets from wherever they are via a compatible smartphone, tablet or computer via the new Hubble Connected application. Infrared night vision helps you stay in touch with what’s going on in the room, even in very low light levels. The camera can also easily be wall mounted. Room temperature display and alerts make sure pets are not too hot during summer months and not too cold during the winter.

7. One size doesn’t fit all

Small animals such as rabbits, gerbils, hamsters and guinea pigs are among some of America’s most popular pets, but to-date, little has been done to offer a higher level of behavior-based and eco-friendly solutions. As a result, carefresh is introducing the first, species-specific small animal bedding line, designed specifically for their unique needs. Now hamsters, gerbils, mice and rats can burrow into their bedding, while rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas can nest on top of their bedding. Also, carefresh custom products are made from scratch by blending naturally absorbent, reclaimed paper fiber with proprietary odor control ingredients to suppress ammonia odors for 10 days – keeping your home smelling fresh and clean longer.

8. Made in the USA

After numerous pet food and treat recalls, pet parents are looking for safe, made in the United States, natural dog treats at an affordable price. Natural Value USA Dog Treats from Loving Pets are wheat-free, soy-free and gluten-free; they are made in the US with 100 percent domestically-sourced ingredients with a price pet parents can’t ignore. Give ’em whole or break-up ’em for training. An added pet perk is all varieties are also grain-free.

9. Protecting pet eyes

UV radiation can harm skin, but many people don’t realize that exposure can also harm the eyes, even your pet’s eyes. For true eye protection, Doggles offers the first and only protective eye wear designed for just dogs! Providing total UV protection, shatterproof lenses and anti-fog treatment on the inside of the lenses, Doggles ILS (Interchangeable Lens System) are suited to all dog head shapes and sizes. Fashionable lenses are interchangeable and replaceable. So whether your best friend accompanies you on a motorcycle ride, loves to sunbathe or is sensitive to light, Doggles will be sure to keep their precious eyes safe.

10. Car safety matters

Studies show that 56 percent of American pet owners travel with their pets, yet many are unaware of vital safety measures and products available to keep our beloved traveling companions safe. Whether you are taking a trip to the dog park or hitting the road for vacation, confine your beloved pet to prevent driver distractions. Purchase crash tested, car harnesses, carriers and other gear, like the PetEgo ISOFIX-Latch Connection for Jet Set Carriers. This one-of-a-kind system has passed the most stringent FMVSS 213 crash test, which is also used to test child safety seats. Now, your small/medium size dog can be as safe as your child in the car.

11. Dog train your pooch to better health

According to a study by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, an estimated 52.6 percent of dogs and 57.6 percent of cats are overweight or obese. Overweight pets can have the same health problems as humans: diabetes; heat intolerance; skin conditions; reproductive; and digestive problems and more. According to Krista Wickens, president of FitPAWS USA, “purposeful exercise should be part of every canine life stage to build stronger healthier bodies and better connections with our dogs.” FitPAWS USA products were developed to deliver innovative canine fitness and rehabilitation to help dogs live longer lives. Take your dog’s behavior, fitness and fun to a whole new level.

12. A collection of protection

With the growing concern of vector-born diseases for humans and pets, pet owners are seeking more than their monthly topical or tablet protection from fleas, ticks and other parasites. The Insect Shield For Pets collection includes blankets, reversible beds, exercise pens, cots, cargo seat covers, premium tees, lightweight hoodies, safety vests, bandanas, and neck gaiters – all with built-in, EPA-registered, Insect Shield bug protection. Insect Shield pet products repel mosquitoes, ticks, flies and fleas. The protection is effective, odorless and long-lasting.