Product testing and development to support happy, healthy pets

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With all the different products available for our pets nowadays, it can be a little daunting knowing which ones to choose, or more importantly, trust. At PetSafe®, we believe that you should be able to rest assured that any product you give your pet works to help support both their health and happiness, and that’s a philosophy we’ve had since we started in 1991.

A key part of our company is extensive research and product development to ensure everything we produce gives your cat or dog the very best, and as a result gives you peace of mind. Something that sets us apart when it comes to our product development process is our people and their passion and innovation; we have an extraordinary collection of scientists and devoted pet lovers. Our in-house team of engineers and specialists continually research, develop and test new products for pet owners using the latest technologies to keep our products at the leading edge of innovation. Because we know that meeting your pets’ behavioural needs is key to their happiness, we work closely with pet behaviourists and vets to make sure their needs are at the heart of everything we do.

Part of being a responsible owner is providing your pet with products to help keep them active, entertained, support good health and ensure their safety. That’s why our different product ranges each target an important aspect of your pet’s life to help improve not only their quality of life but yours too! Whether it’s helping to make their toilet habits hassle-free (with our ScoopFree solutions), allowing them safe access to the outdoors (with out wide range of Pet Doors) or encouraging them to stay active and engaged (through our Play & Challenge ranges), there’s a product for every one of your cat or dog’s needs. After all, happy pets mean happy owners, which is why we strive to help you create more of those best moments together.

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Help get your pet ready for summer

Summer is just around the corner, so as you’re probably starting to think about getting yourself ready for the holiday season you should be doing the same for your pet too. Here are some ways to help keep them happy and healthy over the warmer months. Trust us, they’ll thank you for it!

Seasonal grooming

Just as we like to groom ourselves to look and feel our best in time for summer, your dog can also benefit from some pampering to help them shed what’s left of their winter coat. Regular brushing (and bathing) will help remove loose and moulted hairs, but if you have a long-haired breed then it can also be a good idea to take them to have a trim to keep them comfortable in warmer temperatures. Be careful, however, to keep this to a minimum and if they already have a short coat then avoid this altogether as dogs’ fur acts as insulation by helping to regulate body heat and protects them against sunburn. If you’re not sure how much is safe to take off then ask your vet for advice.

Visit the vet

Making sure your pet is in full health prior to summer, and the risks the season can bring, is very important. So arrange for a trip to the vet for a general check up and also to see if they’re up-to-date with vaccinations. When the weather is good, more people are often out with their dogs, meaning yours can come into more contact with other animals than usual, which increases their risk of catching contagious conditions such as kennel cough. If you know that your pet suffers seasonal allergies, then it’s also a good chance to discuss this with your vet and arrange for any required treatment to help ease the symptoms. 

Summer-proof your garden

One of the best things about summer is being able to spend more time outdoors, and what better way to spend an afternoon than enjoying the sunshine with your furry friend? So you can relax without worrying about them having too much sun exposure, make sure that there are plenty of shady areas for your pet to stay cool and comfortable. If you don’t have any shade naturally, then investing in a large outdoor plant or umbrella can be a good solution, or why not plant something in time for next year? Dogs are crafty, and can find their way through small spaces, so check that any fence or boundaries you have are secure and don’t have any possible escape routes. 

Keep them hydrated

Your dog should have a source of constant fresh water available to them all year round, but it’s even more vital during summer to help prevent them suffering from dehydration. Just as we need to up our intake of water in the heat, so do our pets; investing in an extra water bowl, such as a travel one, is ideal for taking on walks and trips or think about a more advanced solution such as a pet fountain. Our Drinkwell range has a fountain suitable for pets of all sizes, to help provide constant access to fresh, filtered water – perfect for those summer months! On especially hot days, ice cubes can be a refreshing and enjoyable treat for your dog, and try putting a few in their water bowl to help keep it cool.

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The security benefits of having a pet

As pet owners will know, there are countless benefits of having a dog, one of which is the feeling of increased security they can bring. Many of us feel safer at home with the knowledge that our canine friend is to hand should we feel threatened by potential intruders. Break-ins are a terrifying experience, in particular if it happens while you’re at home, so the presence of a dog can be a very comforting factor both to help prevent and provide protection should the worse happen. Dogs’ barking can work to deter burglars and alert residents and neighbours and studies show that burglars are less likely to target houses where dogs reside due to the increased risks of detection, arrest or injury. Their acute hearing means your dog will likely be alert to any usual noises or disturbance often before a break in, so helping to increase our sense of security and peace of mind.

There’s a reason why they’re called man’s best friend – dogs are fiercely loyal creatures and won’t think twice before putting themselves in danger to protect and defend you. Their immediate barking at any potential danger to you or your family can help alert others and raise the alarm. And it’s not necessarily the case that it’s just larger dogs who are better for security; they may look more intimidating, but small dogs can have just as lively a bark and it’s this noise which can make all the difference as an alarm.

Dogs have very quick reactions, more so than humans, and will most often act immediately upon detecting anything unusual. This fast action can be enough to scare off an intruder, or may be the difference between alerting you in time to get to safety and call the police. Another highly useful advantage of our furry security guards is that they come with their own very effective weapons – their teeth and claws! Anyone who’s experienced the power of a determined dog’s jaw will know their vice-like grip will clamp on to something (or someone) until they decide otherwise. For those who wouldn’t feel confident or comfortable defending themselves in an emergency, this can be very reassuring to have a willing and ‘armed’ protector constantly nearby.

So not only do they bring us companionship, joy and even benefits to our health and wellbeing, but dogs also help us to feel more safe and secure. And after all, we think a furry alarm system is the best kind any day!

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