APPA Offers Cool Ways to Enjoy the Summer with Your Pets

APPA Offers Cool Ways to Enjoy the Summer with Your Pets

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APPA Offers Cool Ways to Enjoy the Summer with Your Pets
-The American Pet Products Association encourages pet owners to get out and have fun with their pets this summer.-

(Greenwich, CT—April, 2010)— Toasty days and long cool evenings make summer the ideal season for pet owners to spend some quality time with their pets. From traveling with pets to backyard barbeques, pet owners have many opportunities to include their pets in the summer fun. However, as the temperatures rise pet owners need to take the necessary precautions to keep their pets from becoming overheated, dehydrated and even sun burnt. According to the 2009/2010 American Pet Products Association (APPA) National Pet Owners Survey, 52% of dogs and 64% of cats remain indoors during the day; despite most pets’ love for fresh air and the great outdoors.

In preparation for the summer months, here are some products produced by APPA members to help owners get outside and safely enjoy the heat with their pets:

Kurgo Surf n Turf Coat
Many dogs love water, but to ensure they stay safe, Kurgo now offers the Surf n’ Turf Coat. This flotation device is a two-in-one life vest that includes an interchangeable flotation layer and liner to keep pups warm when the sun goes down.

Vet’s Best Sun Relief Spray
Certain dog breeds are particularly susceptible to getting sunburn and developing sun related skin cancers. Made with Aloe Vera and Titanium Dioxide, Vet’s Best natural Sun Relief Spray protects and soothes dogs’ skin from the harsh rays of the sun. It also helps relieve discomfort and itching after overexposure to the sun.

Mr. Barksmith’s Cool Treats Smoothies for Dogs
Pet owners keep cool in the summer with ice cream and popsicles and now dogs can also enjoy a frozen snack. Mr. Barksmith’s Cool Treats Smoothies for dogs are all natural, low calorie frozen treats that are dairy and gluten free. They are available in two flavors, Original Fruit Delight with a “Hint of Mint” and new Peanut Butter.

When the weather is warm, cool down and clean up during bath time. The Doggiewasher! is a grooming tool that makes dog washing easy and enjoyable for pets. The tool attaches to any garden hose and has four powerful water streams to massage and penetrate through dogs’ fur to the skin to remove dirt and excess hair.

West Paw Designs Hurley
Summer activities often revolve around water, so both owner and dogs will love the floating Hurley dog toy. Made from extremely pliable, one-of-a-kind Zogoflex material, this versatile chew toy gives dogs hours of fun in the waves and on the shore, and is designed to stand up to even the roughest dog.

Brinsea KatKabin Dez Rez
Cats enjoy lounging in the sun, but they also need a place to escape from the heat. The KatKabin Dez Rez from Brinsea provides cats with a safe and comfortable shelter from the elements. Developed especially for outside, this sturdy cat house offers a cool and shaded place to rest.

Pawz Natural Rubber Dog Boots
Hot pavement, sand and fire ants can all injure a dog’s paws and ruin a walk. Pawz Natural Rubber Dog Boots are disposable and reusable waterproof boots that still allow dogs full range of motion and maximum comfort. Pawz Natural Rubber Dog Boots are designed to go on easily and fit securely without zippers or straps and are available in seven bright summer colors.

Kyjen Designer Cool It Cooling Bandanna
Just like their owners, pets can become overheated if they are exerting themselves during outdoor activities. Pups can keep cool for several hours while looking stylish in the Designer Cool It Cooling Bandana. The Bandanna is made with non-toxic polymer crystals, edged with reflective tape for visibility and is reusable and hand washable.

For more information, additional images or product samples contact Jamie Brant at The Impetus Agency 775.322.4022 or


The American Pet Products Association (APPA) is the leading not-for-profit trade association serving the interests of the pet products industry since 1958. APPA membership includes nearly1,000 pet product manufacturers, their representatives, importers and livestock suppliers representing both large corporations and growing business enterprises. APPA's mission is to promote, develop and advance pet ownership and the pet product industry and to provide the services necessary to help its members prosper. Visit for more information.

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