Pet Lifestyles Magazine June 2022 Dr. Marty Becker

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Vol. 5 #2 | June 2022

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Dining Out In Style

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Visiting Southampton Animal Shelter

Canine Summer Tips

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28 Southampton Animal Shelter: Forever Homes For Animals In Need Editor’s Letter 31 Fix By Five Saves Felines Dr. Marty Becker From Rags To Riches: NHL Seattle Kraken’s Member, Davy Jones Enter The (Bearded) Dragon



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Vol. 5 #2 | June 2022 President / Publisher BILL MASON


ummertime is a time for slowing down and enjoying vacations near and far with family and friends. Hours filled with laughing children, barbecues, iced tea—and those early morning/late evening walks with our four-legged friend. Summer, for me, spells Happiness. But as we all know, these few months of extra sunshine slip by quickly. That’s why balancing a fulfilling life always revolves around love and Happiness. As a result, I often need to remove myself from the noise of everyday living: planning, achieving daily goals, and upcoming projects. Yes, it’s when I know I need to find my Happiness. How to be happy? A Harvard study on Happiness found it can be achieved by having good, solid relationships. Immediately you think of friends and family, colleagues you work with, and neighbors you meet at the local café. It also means that for pet lovers, our relationship with them knowingly makes our living in these challenging times a bit more tolerable.

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They’re all unique and special to us. So, take them out when you dine at a favorite restaurant and include them in your summer vacation plans because these four-legged friends are family members. So, let’s make this summer a memorable one and appreciate the happiness they bring us.

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By Dr. Marty Becker

f you’re a pet parent, the chances are that your four-legged friend— a cat, dog, ferret, or another animal—is like your furry child. And like any child we love and care for, we want to ensure they are happy, healthy, and stress-free.

Unfortunately, many pets suffer from unnecessary fear, anxiety, and stress (FAS) during numerous situations. They aren’t equipped with the proper communication skills or contextual awareness to process what’s going on. • Noise aversion—the fear of loud or unexpected sounds—affects many pets, with thunderstorms, fireworks, or even the vacuum sending them running for cover. • Separation anxiety is becoming increasingly common in pets of all kinds, especially as we begin to return to the office after two years of working from home. There are also car rides, visiting the vet, and meeting new humans or other animals—just a few potentially stressful situations.

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Whether they’re at the vet, the groomer, doggy daycare, or even at home in their living room, your pet has many reasons to experience FAS. A new study found that dogs often get anxious for the same reasons their human owners do. But while many initiatives and campaigns are dedicated to pets’ physical health, not enough focus is placed on their emotional wellbeing. A terrified, scratching, yowling pet does not have to be the norm or “just the way it is” until the stressful activity is over. We can take science-backed steps to create real change in our pets’ emotional wellness, which can lower stress and help them live longer, happier lives with us. So, what can pet parents do to make a difference? The most crucial step is getting to the root cause of the behavior or stress reaction: Why is your pet doing what they are doing? Are they anxious? Afraid? Bored? For example, dogs naturally want to dig and scavenge—you can’t expect a dog not to be a dog.


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Likewise, cats naturally want to scratch and climb onto tall objects to survey their surroundings. Rather than scolding or punishing your pet for natural behaviors like these, it’s better to offer a safe and healthy outlet, such as a backyard sandbox, a food puzzle, a scratch mat or post, or a cat tree. Likewise, if your pet is bored and acting out in an attention-seeking manner, instead of punishing them, provide an outlet for enrichment and entertainment, such as “cat or dog TV,” interactive toys, tunnels, hiding spots, lick mats for food, and more. There are many ways to ensure your pet stays “employed” and not bored throughout the day! Once you’ve discovered the root cause for the behavior, you can address it compassionately and kindly, so your pet understands you are still their haven, and your bond with them won’t be damaged. Then, when your pets behave in the desired manner, praise them. In other words, “Pay for what you like!” A treat, a scratch behind the ears, or even a “good boy” when a puppy sits, chews on his toys or eliminates outside all help teach the puppy how to behave to earn rewards thus. This is much more helpful than punishing behaviors you don’t like, mainly because punishment comes with considerable risk: It has been shown to increase fear and anxiety and thus the possibility of aggression. For example, a new study found that canine aggression and biting are often anxiety-related. In addition, punitive action can confuse the pet, and while punishment may frighten them into not doing a particular activity, it doesn’t teach them what they should do

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When introducing your pet to a new (potentially scary) environment, like a vehicle or the vet’s office, keep these principles in mind. So often hear that the vet’s office is a pet’s most disliked place, but if proper techniques are employed, and a vet is Fear Free Certified, we see pets chomping at the bit to get inside! Fear Free Certified vets use tactics, including treats, toys, and pheromones, to make your pets feel safe and at home. Some of the best things you can do to ensure a positive experience in these situations are to make sure your pet is entering the case hungry (so they will be receptive to treats), create a sense of calm and quiet (when possible), and keep the pet comfortable while considering their emotional and physical wellbeing. Again, this contributes to a more relaxed and happier pet, making it easier to administer medications, complete checkups, and get your pet back home in your arms as quickly as possible. Ultimately, the most important thing to remember is that our pets have feelings just like we do, but we have the power to change our behaviors and mindsets to take care of their emotions. As pet parents, it’s our responsibility, and by following Fear Free practices wherever you are—at home or out—you can make sure your little furball is living its best life!


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Dr. Marty Becker is the nationally known pet expert, author, professor and media personality, as well as a practicing veterinarian at the North Idaho Animal Hospital. For more than 10 years, Dr. Becker has been the veterinary contributor to Good Morning America. In addition, he has hosted the nationwide PBS special, The Pet Doctor with Marty Becker. He has appeared on Animal Planet and is a frequent guest on many national network and cable TV and radio shows nationwide. In addition to authoring many books on animals, he has lectured at the Smithsonian Institution and at every veterinary school in America. He also serves as an adjunct professor at his alma mater, the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and at the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Most importantly, Dr. Becker devotes his life to his family along with the dogs, horses and cats of the family’s Almost Heaven Ranch in Northern Idaho.

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t’s game day for the NHL’s Seattle Kraken. They are at home and ready to rock the ice at Climate Pledge Arena, the first net-zero carbon arena in the world! The place buzzes with activity as they get closer to game time. Then, finally, the lights go down, and in concert, strobe lights and stereophonics take Kraken fans into the depths of the untamed waters as the legend of the sea urchin Kraken appears before their very eyes. In amongst the ocean wild, pre-game theatrics, you will find the newest, hardest working, and cutest member of the Seattle Kraken organization, their team pup, husky-mix, Davy Jones. While this adorable dog has quickly adapted and settled into living a life of love and excitement, his story began with more modest beginnings. He was a homeless pup in Texas with an uncertain future when he caught the break of a lifetime and took a freedom flight to Dog Gone Seattle, a foster-based rescue organization in the Seattle area. They say timing is everything, and fortunately for Davy Jones, the doggy gods were looking favorably on him as he was about to catch his second big break.

A PUP TO THE RESCUE Enter Chris Scarborough, the Kraken’s lead Arena Developer. Not only were he and his wife Emily an animal-loving family whose household consisted of two cats, Buddy and Mirri, and their dog Doug, they, like the Kraken, were shopping around animal shelters for a new pup. According to Chris, “the foster host at Dog Gone Seattle, Emilie, was very kind and flexible and allowed us to have play dates with Davy to make sure he had the right temperament for the job. Then, of course, the fact that he was a husky was the icing on the cake.” Chris and the Kraken organization were not looking for just any dog. They were looking for a dog with a calmer temperament that would be good with people, especially children. On game nights, Davy works just as hard as any two-legged employee. He can be found working his puppy charm in the hallways between interviews and meetups. “He gets a lot of requests for appearances in various parts of the arena, and he finds himself bouncing all over the place,” Chris said with a smile.


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A STAR IS BORN Not surprisingly, Davy has been a massive hit with Kraken fans. Like a proud parent, Chris boasts about Davy, “Everywhere we go, he’s got a crowd lining up for pictures, and he handles the attention like a champ!” Around the arena and the city of Seattle, fans have been seen in their homemade T-shirts, proudly flaunting their love for Davy. Before Davy, the Kraken had been on a nine-game losing streak. However, that curse was broken the night he arrived at the arena. According to Chris, “When players are getting ready, Davy likes to run around the locker room, sniffing each player’s gear and getting treats from them.” And while Davy has taken to all the players, the miniature Husky has forged a special bond with the Kraken’s puck stopper, former Vezina trophy finalist Philipp Grubauer, or Grubi as he is known to his Kraken teammates. Considering the veteran goalie is on a six-year deal, he and Davy will have plenty of time to solidify and nurture their special bond. It won’t all be fun and games for young Davy. As an essential representative of the Kraken organization, he is part of the team dog program, an initiative aimed at helping people in need. When Davy is a little older, he will be trained as a therapy dog. This will connect the young pup to the broader community, especially folks in hospital settings who are doing it tough and need their spirits lifted. The team dog program is proudly partnered with Canidae Pet Foods. Canidae is the official sustainable pet food partner of the Seattle Kraken and sends Davy’s family his favorite food, which is Canidae’s Goodness Turkey and Barley. Canidae will also help with Davy’s dog therapy training in the future. It has been a fantastic turnaround for Davy, from the doghouse to the penthouse, a genuinely American, rags to riches story. JUNE 2022





By Lana Van De Mark

dopting a pet is a long-term commitment that involves a tremendous amount of passion, time, and research to ensure that we provide them with the healthiest and happiest lifestyle they deserve. Cold-blooded animals, especially bearded dragons, require particular care that involves adequate understanding of their native habitat and acquiring advice from experts such as veterinarians who specialize in the care of reptiles before bearded dragon lovers welcome one into their home for the first time. Native to the semi-arid, rocky desert regions of Central Australia, Central Bearded Dragons (Pogona Vitticeps), are one of eight bearded dragon species found in the land down under and the most common type of bearded dragon bred and adopted in the U.S. pet trade today. It is believed that these lizards first evolved around 250 million years ago. The bearded dragon name was coined from the spiky skin underneath their chins that puffs out when they feel threatened, stressed, or incredibly happy. Bearded dragons come in assorted colors and are commonly referred to by their nickname, “beardies.” Since Australia banned the import of bearded dragons, U.S. breeders have been keeping the bearded dragon pet trade alive for the past three decades and making adoption of these fascinating and people-friendly lizards possible.


Avian and exotic pet veterinarian, Dr. Frank Boren, has been treating bearded dragons, dogs, cats, small mammals, birds, and other reptiles for the past 35 years at Oradell Animal Hospital in Paramus, NJ. He is also a consultant for The James A. McFaul Environmental Center in Wyckoff, NJ and formerly served as veterinarian for the Bergen County Zoo. Although bearded dragons are one of the most interactive and easiest lizards to raise, the process can be tricky and overwhelming if beardies are not properly cared for. This is where expert advice can be beneficial for inexperienced bearded dragon owners.


Diet A bearded dragon’s diet is extremely important to their longterm development and growth and should be like what they eat in the wild. Bearded dragons are omnivores, so they require a balance of nutrient rich vegetables, fruit, weeds, and insects. Some of these can include collard greens, kale, bell peppers (raw), dandelions, strawberries, mealworms, crickets, and the like. Foods to avoid due to toxic acidic levels or limited nutritional content include oranges, mushrooms, onions, celery, and rhubarb. Because bearded dragons grow extremely fast and require a specific diet plan at various stages of life, we advise you to consult a vet who specializes in exotic animals. JUNE 2022


Young beardies need a high calcium diet to prevent Metabolic Bone Disease. Dusting non-phosphorous and vitaminfree calcium powder on live insects prior to feeding time is recommended. Additional vitamin supplements should only be used a couple times a month, as “overuse of vitamin mixes can lead to kidney problems,” Dr. Boren explains. Live insects also offer a more adequate source of nutrition over dead insects because dead insects can’t be fed the gutloaded nutrients they absorb when they’re alive. “All insects are calcium deficient and need to be fed a high calcium diet prior to being fed to the reptile,” says Dr. Boren. Insects should also be fed in moderation since they’re high in fat and can lead to obesity. Overfeeding beardies in general can lead to Hepatic Lipidosis and liver failure. Fasting for one day is recommended once a week since this reproduces conditions in the wild when food sources are scarce. To learn more about Bearded Dragon diets, visit Housing Bearded dragon enclosures should mimic their native habitat as much as possible to thrive in captivity. Since they come from a warm climate, they require a basking spot between 88 - 100 degrees, a cool down spot between 75 - 85 degrees, night-time temperature between 70 -75 degrees, an ultraviolet light source, and humidity range between 20 -40 percent. These conditions can be maintained with a 100-watt reptile basking bulb, a 10-13-watt ultraviolet bulb for small enclosures/100-watt ultraviolet bulb for large enclosures, a temperature and humidity gauge, and ceramic heat emitter. Since bearded dragons are diurnal (awake during the day/sleep at night), they require 10 - 12 hours of lighting and 10 -12 hours of darkness. Ultraviolet bulbs should be replaced every six months and basking bulbs every 12 months. Since beardies can grow up to two feet long, a 75 – 100 gallon enclosure is recommended to allow them adequate space to thrive. A 40-gallon enclosure is suitable for younger beardies, but after time they will outgrow them and need to be housed in a larger one. They should not be housed with other beardies once they become adults due to their territorial nature. Bearded dragons love to climb and hide, so adding trees, branches, rocks, and places to hide to their enclosure is essential. Items such as newspaper, paper towel and reptile carpet are best to use since sand can be harder to keep clean and can be accidentally consumed. Be cautious of any loose threads with reptile carpet so the beardie’s claws don’t get tangled. Keeping beardies hydrated in captivity is also essential, “many desert species such as beardies do not like to drink from a bowl. They can be soaked once or twice weekly and the owner can dribble water on their head for them to lick,” says Dr. Boren. Misting them once or twice a day from behind is another alternative. To learn more about housing beardies visit Handling When handling beardies, it’s important to be mindful of the potential diseases reptiles can carry like Salmonella, “Salmonella can be shed in the feces of any animal potentially. People can become infected if they inadvertently ingest infected fecal matter. Washing hands before and after handling reptiles with disinfectant soap will eliminate this risk in most cases,” Dr. Boren explains. Children should be supervised when handling reptiles to make sure they wash their hands properly. Beardies should also be supervised around other pets in the house such as cats and dogs. Beardies can co-exist peacefully with them under the same roof if they are trained from day one. Reputable websites such as zoo or veterinary college websites are recommended for conducting proper research on beardies. To learn more about Salmonella, visit 16 | PET LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE

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As we bid fur-well to springtime, summer offers a jam-packed month of outdoorsy fun, filled with fashionable ways to celebrate at festivals and parades for pets (and pet parents) to enjoy.


If you’re looking for handcrafted, artisanal products to make your furry friend’s individuality stand out this summer, then look no further than Taib. This colorful collection is made by a women’s co-operative in Mexico, upholding cultural practices, ethics and traditions. Info:


All you party animals, fly the flag this summer in this cape that every prideful dog or cat wants. From our friends at Halloween Costumes. Info:


Groove out in style with the wanderlust modern waffle cone plaid bow tie. Accessorizing for a cat, or a small dog who wants to make the pur-fect impression has never been made easier with this product from Made by Cleo. Info:


If you find your doggy friend getting restless in the midday sun make it fun with this durable rubber chew toy and treat dispenser from Soda Pup. Info:

NO MORE BLISTER IN THE SUN You’re fiercely protective of your fur-baby from the unforgiving sun. Then try this adorable get-up on for size. The folks at Shed Defender have this plush, pink onesie to keep the sun’s rays at bay. Info:


The Cool Bed III from Pet Meds is a cooling dog bed made for canines to rest on after a game, a long walk, or for just sitting around and enjoying a summer day. Even in the heat, your four-legged friend will be left feeling like a pup-sicle. Info: 18 | PET LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE

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The parade route is stretching on and on as your pup’s panting becomes more pronounced. A quick squeeze of your finger will have your dog feeling hydrated and refreshed with this water carrying leash handle from Spleash. Info:


Ice cream on your whiskers? Pizza sauce on your paws? Our furry friends like to indulge in the summer sun with their pet parents. These plant-based wipes from Earth Bath will keep your little bestie cautiously cleaned and gloriously groomed. Info:


Want to protect your pet-pal’s skin from the summer heat? Try using this dog sunscreen from Dog Food Entrepreneur. It’s specially formulated for dogs, to block both UVA/UVB rays and prevent your special friend from sunburn. Info:


Crowds are aplenty during parade and festival season. Set your mind at ease and keep your pets safe with a pet ID tag from Tags for Hope. These customized tags are as unique as your pet, full of individualized photo and info. Ideal for a lost pup. Info:


If you’re at a festival and you want to step back from the noise, be that cat parent who steps out with a customized cat towel from the lovely people of Yappy. Kick back with your kitty love on display for the world to see and admire. Info:


After a long day of parades and festivals, quench your cat’s thirst in style with this classy, fashionable, cute cat fountain from Catit. Info:

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o you get a bit of a sinking feeling when you have to board your dog before leaving on vacation? Well, skip it. Instead, pack your best buddy’s bags and head out on a warm-weather road trip. These destinations have curated experiences with you and Fido in mind, so take full advantage of their incredible hospitality. Whether you’re looking for beach vibes, historical outings, or full throttle doggie dream camp, there’s a little something for everyone.


Cape Cod, MA Enjoy summer’s lingering sunlight while meandering with your pup at Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club. The property offers 429-acres of iconic Cape Cod scenery and allows you to seamlessly toggle between beach vibes and a bit of luxury—without boarding your best buddy. Book a stay at the property’s pet-friendly Arbor Villas, and enjoy the elevated amenities such as a pet bed, food, water bowls, a mat, and treats. The Abor Villas include private patios or balconies and proximity to the property’s extensive offerings, ranging from the 18-hole golf course, nine different dining options, and activities such as kayaking and bike rentals. Whether you rent one of their classic Cape Cod cruiser bikes or walk, your dog will be spoiled rotten on the 26-miles of Rail Trail access and local dogfriendly beaches. Info:


Catskills, NY If your goal is not to include your dog but to design the vacation entirely around his wiggly whims, enjoy the all-inclusive Canine Camp Getaway. The company holds two events each year, one in The Catskills and another in the Gettysburg area of Pennsylvania. Their 5-day pup-centric hotel experiences are designed for dog owners who unapologetically adore their dogs. The plan for each day is spilling over with activities for you and your dog, 6-8 activity options per hour such as agility, flyball, barn hunts, freestyle dog dancing, veterinary workshops, swim lessons, guided hikes, and more. There are over thirty-five different activities, classes, and educational talks. Or your pup may decide to play it cool by enjoying some time at the dog-friendly pool. And, in case you’re wondering, yes! Of course, there’s a yappy hour each day. Info: 20 | PET LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE

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Rehoboth Beach, DE Canalside Inn, located in downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, has been voted best of Delaware twice in the past three years. It’s no surprise, though, since the beachy-hued spaces are so utterly welcoming – even to dogs. The property welcomes dogs of all breeds and sizes. The boutique hotel offers thirteen individual rooms and suites, each with a small fridge, microwave, and access to Netflix. You’ll undoubtedly be spending time at the beach, and your hosts offer free use of their many beach chairs and bicycles. Then, when it’s time to put your pup at the center of the day’s schedule, nearby Junction & Breakwater Trail offers fifteen miles of wellmaintained walking trails. After working up a sweat, the staff at Canalside Inn can help direct you to the area’s dog-friendly beaches to cool off. Or, if Fido prefers, skip the beach and head straight to Salty Paws—a doggy ice cream bar. Info:


Montgomery County, PA The folks in Montgomery County, PA—lovingly referred to as Montco—rolls out the red carpet for dogs. Half of the area’s eighty hotels are dog-friendly, making it easy to include your dog on a getaway to this historic area, which features Valley Forge National Historical Park. The park alone offers 3,500 acres and twenty miles of trails, but there’s so much more. Whether you choose the Sheraton Valley Forge or the Alloy King of Prussia, a DoubleTree by Hilton property, you and your fur-baby will be welcomed with open paws. The area includes outdoor adventures such as kayaking and horseback riding and shopping, golf, cultural outings, and many historical sites. But the area is also known for its dog-friendly restaurants, shopping, dog bakeries, and almost one hundred miles of dogfriendly trails and parks. Montco doesn’t just want Fido to hang out with you at the hotel; the entire area is a puppy paradise. Info: JUNE 2022






ll I can say is wow, for so long every time my family went out it always meant that i’d sit and stay home till they came home. But all of a sudden, things have changed. I’m going out to all these strange places, and they smell good. —Broadway They’ve waited for us to come home, they’ve stayed with us through the lockdowns and now we can take them with us when we go out to eat. It’s all part of a new trend, pets are being recognized more as family members now. People are traveling with their pets and our pets are loving it. Restaurants are noticing it and are coming on board and allowing people to bring their pets. Broadway and I routinely visit a number of restaurants in our home town, and yes, he does have his favorite spots and menu items at each restaurant. Two of his favorite places in the Tampa Bay area are WingHouse where some of his favorites are the Grilled Chicken and Steak Fries and GillDawg where he loves the Beef Slider Over Rice Pilaf. He gives both places Two Paws Up and highly recommends them.




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Most states currently allow some form of pet friendly dining and some even have special menu’s for your four legged family member. The typical restrictions for dining with your pet are simple. They generally not allowed on the furniture, must be well mannered and not cause a ruckus when in the presence of other pets. Pet friendly areas are generally located in outdoor areas of the restaurants which is perfect for this time of the year. Everyone loves a vacation and to spend some time away, and with all the pet friendly, travel, hotel and restaurant options there’s never been a better time to vacation with the whole family! For a listing of pet friendly restaurants in your area or in the areas where you plan to vacation, visit: If you would like to check out some of Broadway’s favorite Spots Both WingHouse & GillDawg are located on US19 in the New Port Richey / Port Richey area. You can check them out online at and Broadway & Baby

Broadway will check in with some new pawsome spots to eat in future issues. Till then, keep your tail in the air and your nose to the ground.

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By Melanie Carden

nteractive toys are not just a total free-for-all of fun. They’re also crucial to keeping your dog engaged. Cognitive and physical challenges alike are a great way to be sure your best buddy is making the most of their energy and smarts. By now, you already know, but an engaged puppy is more likely to be well-behaved. This is because our besties are so curious, which can lead to some challenging behavior. Keeping a supply of interactive toys on-hand is a great way to continually introduce fun puzzles and busy work to make the most of their inherent curiosity. WE KNEW ALL-ALONG The dog-lovers have known all along—dogs can talk! Hunger for Words provides a simple but fundamental game-changer. Use the customizable buttons to record words to empower your pup to communicate in human terms! Info:

FANCY FOOTWORK Agility work is a great way to keep your pup engaged and entertained. The Outward Hound Agility Kit is designed for indoor play—perfect for rainy days or dogs without a dedicated yard. Train your dog to zip between the poles and through the tunnel—a super fun cognitive and physical challenge. Info:

HOLE-Y GUACAMOLE This sassy bowl of guacamole plush has holes for hide-n-seek interaction. Your dog will find a tortilla chip, avocado, and lime inside—four total toys in one. This Frisco creation makes the most of your dog’s inquisitive nature. A never-ending bowl of guac?! Yes, please! Info:

EASY BATH Splish, splash—time for the pups to dash the pool. Of course, the Frisco Dog Pool is perfect for cooling off and water play activities! But this collapsible pool is also the ideal solution for cleaning paws before going inside—or bath time. Info:

HOW MANY LICKS? If you’re old enough to remember Hooty the Howl from the Tootsie Pop commercials,Soda Pup’s lick mat will have you asking the famous question. How many licks to the center? Dogs go bonkers for these honeycomb-themed lick mats, shmear a bit of peanut butter or treat filling. It’s a real hoot! Info:

HOORAY FOR P.L.A.Y. We’re always eager for P.L.A.Y.’s seasonal plush. These squeaky bugs are no exception. No matter the mood, they have a plush to match. Bonus: eco-friendly PlanetFill® filler is made from 100% post-consumer certified-safe recycled plastic bottles! Info: JUNE 2022


D E S I G N - F O R WA R D FROLIC The next sleek generation of treat distributing toys is here! Meet The Game. The folks at Fable Pets have designed a stunning dog toy—a high-end livingroom ready design with a purpose. This is a pawsdown winner with an inner core that allows you to toggle between different complexity settings. Info:

CHEWS THE BEST Bully sticks are great fun for furry friends but can also be a choking hazard. SafetyChew bully stick holder locks the bully stick in place using a patent-pending pin to keep your dog chewing safely. Use with their speciallydesigned bully sticks for safe, long-lasting chewing. CHEWS the best for your friend. Info:

WHACKY WOBBLE P.L.A.Y.’s line of enrichment toys includes this scene-stealing wobble ball. Each toy has an adorable scene inside—and it’s not just for decoration. The shapes and characters within the scene create a challenging ricochet-based treat dispenser. Your curious buddy will be able to play independently while you’re on zoom meetings. Info:

LOVE ALWAYS WINS No matter what month, love wins year-round with your hound. The Y.O.U.L.Y. Proudest Rainbow Rope & Tennis Ball Dog Toy features a rainbow rope structure and bouncy ball action—perfect for tug-o-war. Sunny or rainy—this toy always offers a forecast full of rainbows and fun. Info:

A LITTLE CORNY Pet parents are notorious for being a little corny. Embrace it with SodaPup’s corn on the cobb treat dispenser. Promote your pup from the cuddle-captain to KERNEL with this cuteness overload. Instagram hearts will melt faster than the butter on the cobb! Info:

FETCH-O-THON A tech-dream come true for the fetch-loving dogs everywhere— the iFetch Frenzy Interactive Brain Game. Train your dog to drop the mini tennis balls in the top chute and watch the endless fun. The balls will randomly pop out from one of three holes at the bottom. The ultimate in interactive fetch-o-thon fun! Info:


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fter Southampton Animal Shelter lost funding from the Town of Southampton in 2010, a group of local citizens formed the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation (SASF) to save the shelter. SASF has relied on the generosity of its donors, volunteers, and events to raise funds and care for the community’s homeless animals. Its mission is to care for the ever-increasing number of homeless animals and place them in permanent loving homes. SASF wants every pet, from cats to dogs, puppies and kittens to senior pets, special needs pets, and everything inbetween, to find their “forever home.”

The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation’s 13th Annual Unconditional Love Gala returns to the Hamptons. The event will take place on Gin Lane in Southampton, New York, on Saturday, July 16, 2022. The grand soiree will highlight the East End’s summer season. The event, chaired by Jean Shafiroff, honors William Bratton, former New York City Police Commissioner, and Jonathan McCann, SASF’s founding President. Georgina Bloomberg will serve as Honorary Chair. The lively gala will include cocktails, a seated delectable dinner, and dancing. A live and silent auction will also help raise much-needed funds for the animals. The proceeds from this event go directly to helping the over 5,000 animals who come through their doors each year. Their annual Unconditional Love Gala is just one of many events SASF hosts throughout the year, with all proceeds benefiting the shelter. For more than a decade, the Unconditional Love Gala has been the shelter’s most important fundraiser. Pets attend these events from the shelter.


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Every day, the number of animals in need of assistance grows. Pet overpopulation is a significant problem on Long Island. Whether caring for stray animals found on the streets, rescuing neglected and abandoned animals, or saving dogs from the horrors of the puppy mill industry, the shelter is a haven for all animals and the last resort for some. These animals would not survive if SASF did not exist. The shelter serves as a steppingstone for animals searching for a loving home. It provides them with housing, food, medical treatment, training, and rehabilitation. They accept community pets and collaborate with other rescues and shelters on Long Island, New York, and areas in the south, including Puerto Rico, to save animals in need. SASF has proven to be a leading shelter through commitment and dedication. They take pride in finding perfect homes for a large number of animals. The adoption rate at the shelter has increased significantly since 2010 due to the many new services they offer, such as a veterinary clinic that handles all incoming medical evaluations and care, public spay and neuter services, microchipping, and immunizations. In addition, the shelter’s training and behavior departments are among the best in the country. Their program socializes, integrates, and enriches the lives of shelter dogs, and it has been shown to increase these dogs’ adoptability. © Rob Rich Society Allure

© Rob Rich Society Allure

PET PROGRAMS Although the Southampton Animal Shelter does its best to make these animals feel at ease, some pets do not fare well in a shelter setting and fare much better in a home setting with individual attention. SASF’s Foster Pet program allows people to temporarily take in a homeless pet and nurture it until it is ready to be adopted and find a forever home with a family who will love it forever. The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation found homes for over 800 animals last year. In addition, it provided the community with resources such as its Wellness Clinic, Pet Food Pantry, Advo-Cats Program, low-cost spay/neuter mobile clinic, and other community outreach programs. These services assist pet owners who are experiencing financial difficulties keeping their animals with them and out of shelters. The shelter has become a vital resource in the community, from caring for and finding homes for stray and abandoned animals to providing low-cost veterinary care and dog training so that animals can stay in their homes. For more information on Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, visit JUNE 2022





Crystal C. Long

e are in the middle of a pet-related crisis! According to the ASPCA, approximately 7.6 million companion animals go into animal shelters each year in the United States. Out of this number, about 3.4 million are cats. Unfortunately, since there is no central reporting system for animal rescues and organizations in the United States, this number is just a guess. However, there is one thing we do know for sure: the overpopulation of cats far exceeds the overpopulation of dogs. Cat-overpopulation falls into three main categories: people jump into being a pet parent without first considering all the responsibilities, therefore, surrendering them to shelters when it becomes “too much work;” people shop rather than adopt; and lastly, failing to get their cat spayed. The harsh reality is that the rate of cats being adopted is much less than dogs.


Conventional wisdom dictates that cats should be spayed or neutered at six months of age or older. Still, Esther Mechler disagrees with the Director of Mainebased Marian’s Dream (a nonprofit that aims to end dog and cat overpopulation). Instead, she advises that cats are best spayed/neutered within five months.

Her love for felines inspired her to create the Fix by Five campaign. With a mission to reduce cat overpopulation by lowering the legal age of spaying/neutering cats down to five months or earlier, Mechler’s Fix by Five campaign recently gained the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) approval).

We will get ahead of unplanned litters, but there are also numerous advantages attached, “if cats are fixed by five months, they will most likely not spray and mark and roam. It is those behaviors that cost male cats their homes. In addition, female cats are over 90 percent less likely to develop mammary gland cancer if they are fixed by five months.” Mechler stated. “Both of these are hormonedriven, and by spaying or neutering early in life—before the hormones kick in—we help keep cats in their homes and with the expectation of a happier, healthier life.”

It is to no surprise that Mechler is a considerable cat-lover. “When I was 7 or 8 years old, I lobbied long and hard for a cocker spaniel, but my parents never caved! So instead, we somehow adopted a little black and white kitten. He stole our hearts for sure, and I have had cats ever since. Why? Because they’re so independent, so complex, so graceful, such individuals, and they have so much to teach us.”

Most people either do not know when to spay/neuter their cats or think it was six months or older. And to this, Mechler suggested spreading the word. The Fix by Five campaign now has vet support, but we need to raise public awareness. There are a lot of problems out there, and solutions are often costly and complicated. Nevertheless, we are so pleased to have found a solution for several issues that plague felines—can we make “cat parents aware enough to be proactive with their kitties?” For more information on Fix By Five, visit

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By Dr. Brett Shorenstein, VMD

ummer is made for dogs…and for the people who love them. So, whether you’re off on a day trip to the Dog Beach or just a stroll through the city, here are a few tips to help keep your pet protected. First, you’ll want to exercise your pet during the hottest days when it’s more relaxed in the morning or evening. However, you should also know the warning signs of heat exhaustion: excessive panting or drooling, anxious behavior, unsteadiness, and abnormal gum and tongue color. This can quickly advance to heat stroke with vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and collapse. If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, you’ll need to call a vet. Asphalt can be harsh on your pet’s paws, and it doesn’t take extreme temperatures to turn sidewalks and streets into frying pans. A straightforward way to check is to put your palm where you plan to walk. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your pet.


You may have heard that sunscreen is suitable for light-colored or shorthaired pets and protects ears and noses. There are pet-safe choices that do offer some protection. Don’t use sunscreens for humans without reading the label carefully, be aware that your pet can ingest such typical ingredients as zinc oxide and salicylates when they lick themselves. Limiting their time in the direct sun is better so find shady spots at the dog run and sporting shade with a large umbrella.

Photo by Jimmy Conover Camping with your dog is a favorite way to spend time outdoors together when the weather is warm. But be careful of ticks; check your dog carefully every day. Flea and tick prevention is a necessary precaution.


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Are you escaping the concrete jungle for a hike at Inwood Hill or the Hudson Valley? Even if your pet is on a flea and ticks preventative, you’ll want to check for these little critters after being outdoors. Unfortunately, our country region is at considerable risk for tick-borne illnesses, including Lyme disease—and ticks can quickly jump from pets to people. Not to be a buzzkill if your dog loves to play in the water, but blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) is a danger later in the summer, as it can kill pets. Never let your pet drink from a lake, pond, or river, and make sure you can identify an algae bloom: foamy, scummy, thick-looking water with greenish or brownish-red cells suspended in the water. Your favorite vet is an excellent resource for info about keeping your pet safe in summer, so don’t hesitate to give them a call if you have questions. Then go leash up, head out, and have some fun! For more information about Dr. Brett Shorenstein and Abingdon Square Veterinary Clinic, call 212-242-9169 or email

Photo by Ian Badenhorst Are you enjoying a day at the beach? Make sure your dog has shade and drinking water. Keep an eye out for signs of heat exhaustion. No matter how much fun you are having, try to stay out of the midday sun.

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By Rod McCann

ow, as daylight stretches well into the evening hours and as spirits lift with each warming degree, there is no better time to do away with old, unhealthy habits that prevent us from being our best selves. This includes doing right by our four-legged friends. This summer is the perfect time to introduce Whole-Pet Wellness to the lives of our dogs and cats and keep them perfectly healthy from nose to tail.

If our approach to health care is reactive rather than proactive, the consequences can be dire. Therefore, getting out in front is critical. The objective and practice of Whole-Pet Wellness is a simple one: Practicing Pet Care Wellness will lead to happier, more full-filling lives. Just as we look to doctors and medical experts for sound advice for our health and wellness, our pets can say the same. Bob Goldstein, VMD, also known as Dr. Bob, is a co-founder and head of product innovation and development at Earth Animal. He is credited with formulating over one hundred products, including foods, supplements, remedies, and treats. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine. Working with his life partner Susan, they have significantly contributed to the Science of Whole Pet Wellness and Practicing Preventative Pet Health Care. In addition, they are the co-authors of The Goldstein’s Wellness and Longevity Program for Animals and winners of the Dog Writer’s Association Maxwell Medallion Award. Dr. Bob is also the editor and co-author of the textbook, Integrating Complementary Medicine Into Veterinary Practice, published by Wiley Blackwell.


It’s fine to talk about whole pet wellness, but what is it? According to Dr. Bob, “it embodies the concern and cares for the animal’s body, mind, and spirit. It aims to empower pet parents with a range of products and services to help them achieve wellness and healing objectives.” Like humans, we need to get the trivial things right to maximize our pet’s health potential. This includes a wholesome diet consisting of humanely raised proteins and organic fruits and vegetables, vitamin and mineral supplementation, safe side-effectfree flea and tick prevention, clean water, daily exercise, and emotional balance support. We can all recognize dogs with nervous dispositions. They startle easily, withdraw or tremble for no apparent reason. There can be many factors contributing to such behaviors. If left unchecked, it could lead to aggression, depression, and apathy and become chronic. Fortunately, with preventative pet healthcare, the condition is treatable and preventable. According to Dr. Bob, “these conditions respond favorably to flower essences which are liquid plant and flower remedies. Flower essences work to balance the emotions and often reach the source of the decision making causing the reaction.” Of course, it also helps to create an environment at home full of positive energy. JUNE 2022


One only must walk down the main street of any town in the USA to see that obesity has become a significant health issue for the public, young and old. This can also be a real cause for concern for our pets, for many of the same reasons. Many common pet foods in grocery stores are high in saturated fats and non-nutritious calories and fillers. The good news is that the remedy can be quite straightforward.


Dr. Bob recommends that “a selection of wholesome, high protein food is the best place to start when dealing with obesity or its prevention. Adding vitamin B6, organic apple cider vinegar (added to the drinking water), enzyme supplements, and nutrients such as L-carnitine will help speed up metabolism.” And with warmer temperature, there is no excuse for not getting outside with your pet, taking in some fresh air, and exercising for a minimum of 20 minutes per day. Good dental hygiene practices are also crucial in keeping your pet comfortable and the positive impact it has on the body and immune system. Dr. Bob recommends daily brushing using natural dental products and offering “healthy chews that are designed to remove plaque and herbs specific for oral hygiene, such as Earth Animal’s Clean Mouth, Gums & Breath.” This contains Myrrh Gum, Echinacea Purpurea Leaf, Goldenseal Root, Licorice Root, and other essential herbs, oils, and fruits. It may be easy to overlook your pets’ ears; however, they tell us about their overall health. According to Dr. Bob, “allergic reactions show up in the ears, particularly to protein and adverse effects to insecticides and pesticides ingested or topical use for fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes.” The best supplement for ear health is to use a natural antibiotic such as bee propolis and acidophilus with an excellent herbal ear wash. The time for falling back is outdated. Take a leaf out of Dr. Bob’s book and spring forward with Whole-Pet Wellness and Practicing Preventative Pet Health Care. For more information on Dr. Bob and Susan Goldstein and Earth Animal, visit 36 | PET LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE

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