Back-to-School Pet Tips and Products

By Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Dig this… a portion of this post is sponsored, but opinions are my own and 110% “pawthentic”!

Ready or not, back-to-school is just around the corner! It’s always an exciting, busy and somewhat stressful time for everyone – including the family pet.

Pets thrive on predictability, and the sudden shift in your daily routine can be unsettling. Help ease them into the school year by slowly making some adjustments now.

  • For a week or two leading up to the first day of school, plan some activities away from home to get your dog used to you being away.
  • If your pet’s meal times have changed over the summer, go ahead and start getting them back on their school year schedule.
  • For dogs, gradually change their walking and exercise times to correspond to what it will be during the fall. For cats, establish regular playtimes that will be easy to continue after school starts.
  • During the summer, bedtimes can be irregular for the whole family. Begin sending everyone – including your pup – to bed at what will be their normally scheduled time.

Of course, treating your dog and cat to some cool back-to-school products and gadgets couldn’t hurt.

Recently, I got to give Daytime viewers a sneak peek at some awesome new pet products, with the help of two adorable, adoptable Chihuahuas named Buddy and Sissy. (You can learn more about them out at the Canine Estates dog rescue.)

Vet’s Best Dog Dental Care

Vet's Best Toothpaste for dogsDo you brush your dog’s teeth? If not, fall is a great time to add this important pet care activity to your daily routine!

Vet’s Best Dog Dental Care Gel Toothpaste contains enzymes, as well as natural ingredients like neem oil and grapefruit seed extract, to clean away tartar and plaque. Vet’s Best is also coming out with a new Dental Kit w/a multi-head brush for easy application.

Starting this fall, the Dental Care Gel Toothpaste and Dental Kit will be available for purchase from $10 – $15 from independent pet stores and online at

K9 Coil Leash

K9 Coil LeashesThis leash will put a spring in your step on those after school walks! The patented coiled design stretches to give your dog a full six feet of freedom from your side, and retracts with zero dragging! Plus it’s tangle-free so no need to unwind from around your legs or feet.

Durable and water resistant, it will withstand nearly 170 pounds of pull pressure! And the Velcro-wrapped handle gives you an adjustable, hands-free option to go around your wrist, a belt loop or a chair arm!

Available in a variety of colors at for $34.99.

Parasol Pet Bed

Pet Parasol BedWhile the kids are in school, your small dog or cat could be snoozing the day away in style! This unique bed isn’t just super cute … it’s designed to be durable and easy to clean.

Pets feel safe snuggled into the bowl-shaped base and “hidden” beneath the 26” umbrella. Made of the same material as outdoor furniture, the base has a “dead air” chamber within which insulates against cold or wet surfaces.

Save $20 on the bed by using the coupon code “twenty” at Total cost after discount is only $99.90 with free shipping.

This is a sponsored post. However, all opinions and anecdotes are my own, and I never promote any products or brands I don’t believe in. ~Petfully yours, Kristen