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Help Your Pet Have a Gourd Time on Halloween

Little girl and his dog in costumes on bed celebrating Halloween

You already know giving chocolate to your fur baby is a big no-no, but there are plenty of other Halloween pet safety tips many owners don’t think about right away. Here are some simple ways you can make Halloween a treat for your pet: Continue reading

How to Pick the Right Vet for Your Pet

Vet taking care of cat

Your pet’s wellness is a key element in keeping them happy and healthy. Their health can also directly impact your family’s health, as humans are susceptible to some of the diseases animals can carry. Even if your pet seems to be in good health, it is still crucial to visit your veterinarian regularly. How do you pick the right vet for your pet?

Ask Your Pet Friends

Who do your friends and family visit to take care of their animals? Referrals are always a great way to source the best care for your pet. No one would refer a vet where they had a negative experience. Get some recommendations to determine which pet professional will offer the highest quality care to your furry companions.

Focus on Friendly

What are the characteristics you look for in a veterinarian and their staff? Pay attention to their attitude, as this can give you insight into how they will treat your animals. Consider the level of customer service as well, as it is an important part of your experience. You would not want to leave the vet with a puppy dog pout, would you? Both you and your animal should be happy.

Flexible Hours

Is the veterinarian’s office only open during times when you are at work or have other commitments? Do they offer 24/7 emergency service? Having a flexible schedule is a valuable asset because your pet’s health is a priority, especially if something time-sensitive needs to be addressed. You need to make sure you can get to the vet without creating burdens in your schedule.

Quality Service

Before making a decision, read online reviews to see what other people are saying about the veterinarian and the care they received. When a vet is busy, it typically means there is good service. Take this into consideration though when booking appointments. If it is difficult to schedule something, then it could be hard to see the vet when an emergency arises. Look for comments that highlight reliability, safety, and comfort.

Peruse Prices

Pet care can be costly depending on your animal’s needs, but it should also be affordable. For instance, purchasing a pet insurance plan should not put a strain on your finances. Determine the type of care your pet needs and shop around for prices before purchasing a comprehensive plan.

Lookout for Location

Where is the vet located? In the event of an emergency, you want to be close enough to the office that you can get your pet the care and attention they need. The location should be close enough to your home that you never have to go out of your way to get there in a reasonable amount of time. Depending on how well your pet does with travel, you will want to consider travel time to make them feel comfortable.

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7 Foods Your Pet Should Not Eat

Dog eating table scraps

Maintaining and nourishing your pet’s health is crucial to giving them the healthiest and safest lifestyle they deserve. What may be tasty to humans can be toxic to dogs, cats, and other house pets. Advantek Pet lists the people foods your furry friends should not eat to stay happy and healthy.

1. Chocolate and Caffeine

Any chocolate or caffeinated products can cause seizures, heart problems, and several other health issues that can affect your animal long term. Any sweets or high sugar foods should be out of reach from your pets at all times. You should also avoid feeding them gum, candy, and any baked goods. Make sure to inform your younger children that they cannot share their sweets with your family’s pets.

2. Fruits

Citrus fruits can upset your animal’s stomach and are especially dangerous because they can cause nervous system depression. Ingesting small amounts will not be harmful to your pet, but you should not intentionally give them anything citrusy. Fruits like grapes and raisins are also known to cause kidney failure. Though coconut is known to only cause minor stomach discomfort and diarrhea, you should steer clear of this fruit to be safe. Coconut water should be avoided altogether, as it is high in potassium and can affect your pet’s kidneys.

3. Onions and Garlic

Foods like onions, garlic, and other similar kitchen ingredients can create gastrointestinal issues for your pet. It can also lead to red blood cell damage, and cats will have a greater risk if exposed. Dogs should avoid these foods as well, as large amounts will cause similar issues.

4. Raw Foods

Raw foods aren’t healthy for humans to ingest, which means your animals should avoid them completely. Bacteria, such as Salmonella or E. coli, are harmful to both pets and people. These bacteria can be found in raw or undercooked eggs, meats, and bones.

5. Milk and Dairy

Surprisingly, most cats are lactose intolerant regardless of popular belief that cats love milk. Your pets should stay away from milk and dairy products because their digestive systems are not meant to handle these types of products.

6. Fatty Foods

Even healthy fats like nuts and avocado can be toxic to animals and cause a slew of problems, including vomiting and diarrhea. Macadamia nuts specifically can cause depression, tremors, weakness, and hyperthermia in dogs. Imagining the discomfort your pet could be in is reason enough to avoid feeding them these foods.

7. Table Scraps

Even though your pet may beg by your side while you enjoy your tasty meals, they should not eat table scraps, as there may be some ingredients in your food that your children do not know are harmful to animals. As sad as it is to see that puppy dog pout or innocent face looking up at you, do your pet a favor in keeping them healthy.

For a full list of foods your pets should avoid, visit the ASPCA to learn more.

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Asphalt Awareness during Summer Heat Waves

Dog's paws on asphalt.

Do you live in a state like sunny Southern California where Advantek Pet’s headquarters are housed? If you do, then you are probably doing everything you can to keep you and your pets cool this summer. Advantek Pet wants to make pet owners aware of asphalt conditions during summer heat waves and what you can do to keep your pets safe. Continue reading

4th of July Pet Safety Tips

Fourth of July family picnic.

Though Independence Day may be a fun holiday for humans, it can be scary and overwhelming for your pets. How can you ensure your pets stay safe on the 4th while you enjoy time with family and friends watching fireworks? Advantek Pet gives you our best 4th of July pet safety tips just in time for the celebration this week! Continue reading

5 Summer Safety Tips for Your Pet

As we approach the summer months, we prepare for warmer days, vacations, and time spent with our favorite pets. How do you keep your pet cool with higher temperatures and ensure they stay healthy during these months? Advantek Pet reveals 5 summer safety tips to keep your pet happy, cool, and safe this summer.


  1. Schedule a checkup.

Protect your pet from fleas, ticks, heartworms, and other harmful parasites this summer by scheduling an appointment with your veterinarian. Most products can be purchased at local stores when looking for a solution to combat fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. It is crucial to get professional advice for your pet’s specific condition and health needs.


  1. Relax in the shade.

The most important thing to remember when temperatures rise is to keep your pet cool, calm, and collected. The PET GAZEBO® canopies and sun shades create a covered area to protect your pet from the elements. Your animal’s fur coat can easily make them feel hotter, which is why shade is crucial to keep them comfortable. Make sure they have enough cold, fresh water and don’t leave them in the heat for too long, especially during peak hours.

You can setup a small tub of cold water outdoors to keep your pet’s paws from getting burnt by the sizzling ground. It doubles as a mini swimming pool! Also make sure to use sunblock on their snouts because they can get sunburnt. Note that there is special sunblock for animals; just because it works for people does not necessarily mean it works for your pet.


  1. Pay attention to diet and exercise.

Summer is not an excuse for your pet to overload on treats and table scraps. Keep your pet’s diet under control with healthy meals and portions. You can also take your pet on walks and get some fresh air during the cooler parts of the day to beat the heat.


  1. Prepare for water safety.

If your pet does not know how to swim, get your PET GAZEBO® out to keep them away from the pool! When it comes to keeping your pet safe, preparation is key. When you head to the beach or the lake this summer on vacation, it is also important to bring your portable PET GAZEBO® with you. Your pets will be contained in a spacious, comfortable kennel that protects them.


  1. Bake them a treat.

Though it is important for your pet to eat healthy, treats are always acceptable in moderation. A small summer treat gives them something to look forward to on summer days. Dog Buddy Blog offers some tasty summertime recipes to whip up for your pup! They also include several healthy options to keep your pet on track for a successful, nutritious summer.

Advantek Pet believes that one of the best treats you could give your pet is a PET GAZEBO®. Call (800) 664-4939 to find the right size for your animal. Contact us to learn more about carrying our products in your store – we would love to hear from you!

Pet Safety Tips For Spring

As winter days become spring evenings and the snow showers change to thunderstorms we dream of finally storing all of our cold weather gear and only think of patio dining in the warm sunshine. Playing with our pets outside has been building up all winter and now that we can get away from the indoors of winter, we sprint towards the park. As anxious as we are to get outside we must remember to take proper care and utilize prevention.  Let’s take these late winter weeks and early thawing days to get out pets ready for the sunshine. Here are some Pet Safety Tips and ideas for spring.



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Creating a plan is essential. For a basic checklist pint sized treasures offers one that covers from daily to monthly needs. If you’re more of a legal pad type that works too, but remember, having any sort of list is highly recommended and will simplify the process. It’s simply part of the organizational process.

Get motivated in your organization. It’s not just for you but for the overall health of your pet. Not unlike New Year’s Resolutions, getting yourself overly psyched up about the idea of being determined to finally do it this year isn’t always met with the best success. Now, while this isn’t a New Year’s Resolution specifically–more like a transitional period disguised as a resolution–but it is spring, a time of rebirth, a time to say goodbye to the old and hello to the new.  Very few people that set out to accomplish new things at the onset of a new year actually achieve their new goals. When it comes to our pets, let’s be successful! Grab that pen and paper and get going!

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Okay… Organizing. There are many places to find materials to help in your organization process.  The Container Store, The Dollar Store, garage sales, second hand stores all provide options for any spending amount.  Storage space for all your pet products is important in creating a healthy environment. All toys should be washed and put in a clean storage container, medications, vitamins, shampoos and other hygiene products should be separated and put into clean storage units. Don’t forget the treats and other food! Those need to be cleaned out as well to avoid bacteria and other harmful elements.  And don’t forget to update your pets first aid kit. Ensure items haven’t leaked, been compromised or have expired.



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Their coat grows longer and sheds more around the house. Your pet, while not smelling poorly, has a slight odor of winter and it’s time to freshen up and get that scent of sunshine throughout the house. A professional grooming trip is recommended to get that full cleaning. Dogs can hide any number of tiny things all over–from fleas, to pollen, to dust mites and various bacteria. Before we can bring them back to the park, let’s get them prepared to go.



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As the sun shines longer and temperatures make their way up the thermometer, we’re all going to do some purging or cleaning throughout the house. Maybe it’s time to paint inside the house or plant the seeds in the garden, either way; we need to keep our pets in mind and safe from these tasks that could be hazardous to our pets.  Keep the away from fresh paint and out of rooms where fresh coats are applied. The breathing of the fumes and the oft chance our pets ingest or could get covered in paint is not worth the risk. Ensure the area is aired out before allowing your pet to go back inside.

When getting the rad ready for spring and your garden planted, beware of standing puddles from snow melt. Bacteria can easily hide in the water and make your pet sick if they decide to drink.  Do you use fertilizers or other potential poisonous materials in the yard? Keep your pets away from these to avoid any possible illness.



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It’s Spring! It’s getting warmer. Go out and enjoy it. A safe pet is a healthy pet and a happy pet.

What are your Spring Safety Suggestions?