Healthy Pet, Healthy Home - K9 Sport Sack
Healthy Pet, Healthy Home

Healthy Pet, Healthy Home

September 11, 2020 20 Comments

When it comes to getting away and planning your next exciting adventure into the great outdoors it is important to always remember we need to have the upper hand (paw) on safety.

In today’s world, it’s no surprise that a hot topic being discussed is how to stay healthy. Whether it’s precautions you should be taking at your local grocery store or the importance of washing your hands, 2020 has been all about staying in good health. 

As of 2016, 68% of US households own some sort of pet. While taking care of ourselves, it’s just as important to stay up to date on how to keep your pets healthy indoors and outdoors. After all, your pet already depends entirely on you for their diet, exercise, and shelter along with their overall health.  

While doing research on pet health, we were able to consult a local veterinarian to help us better understand common health risks your dog faces. Here are some of the top health threats that dogs are currently facing:

  1. Fleas and ticks

  2. Giardia

  3. Parvo

  4. Harmful bacteria and germs


Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and ticks can be very prevalent when outdoor exploring or even around your own home. It’s crucial to be mindful of your surroundings and check your dog on a frequent basis for any signs. If you go to a known area where these pests are common, many K9 Sport Sack users love having it handy to keep their dog off the ground.

Another recommendation is keeping your dog groomed and clean. Skout's Honor grooming line can be used in conjunction with your flea and tick treatments to help with irritation, inflammation, and giving your pups the best advantage at keeping these pests at bay.

Giardia

Giardia is a highly contagious parasite that dogs ingest. The parasite can be found in things like drinking water, grass, and dog feces. It can cause diarrhea, weight loss, vomiting, and dehydration. Proper hygiene is very helpful to prevent this. With Skout’s Honor Paw + Hand sanitizer you can prevent the spread of such parasites by eliminating the giardia cysts. This product can be topically applied all over your pup, you and even your gear giving you the peace of mind knowing you've done your diligence in staying safe.

Also, if you find yourself with your pet in an area highly trafficked by other animals, the K9 Sport Sack can allow you to keep your dog away from potential risks to Giardia. Always remember the best offense is a great defense!


Parvo

Parvo is another highly contagious virus that spreads through contact with other infected dogs or other contaminated objects. Dogs can be exposed to the virus as easily as sniffing or licking these objects. Puppies 6 weeks to 6 months are the most susceptible to Parvo. Until your puppy has received all of the required Parvo vaccines, the K9 Sport Sack serves as a great option to avoid direct contact with other dogs. We see many customers use their carrier to help their puppy socialize during this sensitive time. 

Harmful Bacteria and Germs 

 

According to a recent survey given to pet owners across the United States, 1 in 3 owners are unaware that their pet’s toys collect germs, dirt, and other bacteria. Of those same pet owners, 1 in 5 will wait over a month to properly sanitize their toys, beds, feeding accessories, or play areas.

Germs and bacteria are very prevalent on each of these items which can then be passed to others living in the same household. Not only do dogs pick up germs and bacteria indoors, but can easily do the same outdoors. Proper cleaning and disinfecting is critical to your dog’s overall health!

Skout’s Honor Adventure Dog kit was created especially for dogs and their owners who love the outdoors. It is perfect for use before, during and after an outdoor adventure with your best friend. At home or on the go, this kit has you covered. Keep your pet's coat and skin healthy and clean, destroying any nasty odor from sweat, wet dog or dirty gear. Also, protect and moisture paws and noses which are often susceptible to drying and cracking due to harsh weather and tough trails. 

The K9 Sport Sack is a great option to avoid unwanted germs, dirt, and unexpected baths. If you plan on going to any highly trafficked locations such as using the subway or busy sidewalks, the K9 Sport Sack works great keeping your dog off the ground when needed.

 

In closing, there is a wide range of solutions available to help maintain your dog’s overall health. The most important thing you can do as a pet owner is to be aware of the situations and locations you put your dog into. Having the tools necessary is your key to having a healthy pet and healthy home!

 



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Alice
Alice

September 13, 2020

Love this article. The times I have seen with Giardia are my friends letting their pooches drink from a stream or lake. Love the pouches on the K9 Sport Sack to tuck away a bottle of water for my best friend. 🦮♥️

RC
RC

September 12, 2020

I’ve been interested in the K9 Sport Sack for taking our dog with us on longer walks & excursions but I never even thought of it as a way to help minimize exposure to all these harmful things. The reminder to clean indoors toys & items is big because it’s easy to think that things that stay at home “are clean” — thanks!!

Kerry
Kerry

September 11, 2020

We spend a lot of time hiking and camping and are well aware of the risks of ticks and have had minimal issues with them. Thanks for sharing the info about giardia – I forget about that one! Am pretty good about washing gear from camping and adventures, but tend to neglect the indoor toys – adding this to my weekend to do list!

Christina Jacobsen
Christina Jacobsen

September 11, 2020

This was such an educational read of how to keep our pups safe on adventures. On April 15th when I pulled a tick off my 4 month old puppy’s head, I knew I needed to be more careful on hikes. I’ve been avoiding walking through thick wooded area, but I might just have to start going on more forest adventures with her in a k9 sport sack. This way we both win

Denise
Denise

September 11, 2020

I had no idea pet friendly sanitizer even existed!! I’ll definitely have to look into that, seems like it would be a really good idea to use on leashes too between washes. Thanks for the tips!

Deana
Deana

September 11, 2020

WOW! This was a really good read and opened my eyes to some things I didn’t even think of like you cleaning! My dog loves if sport sack and we are now going to look into Skout’s product so he can be even more happy! Thank you for sharing

Jamie
Jamie

September 11, 2020

Love this! As someone who takes their dogs on all sort of adventures from hiking and camping to standup paddle boarding and everything in between health and cleanliness are extremely important! Using the K-9 Sports Sack would be awesome when I don’t have the energy to bathe 65lbs of fluff and Skouts Honor seems like the perfect addition to our hygiene routine😂

Reily
Reily

September 11, 2020

This blog post was packed full of useful information! It also reminded me that it’s about that time to put all of my pups toys through the wash.

We take our puppy with us most places since she’s not ready to have the house to herself while we are away yet. Having the k9 sport sack was a life saver. We were able to take her with us on all our errand runs when she hadn’t been fully vaccinated for parvo yet. We also put her in it when she’s in public and getting too over stimulated and stressed with everything going on. Once she’s in the bag she calms down and is able to really relax and just enjoy her surroundings. Plus seeing everyone’s face light up when they see a dog in a backpack just adds to the fun factor of taking her out. :D

Jessica
Jessica

September 11, 2020

Thank you for this blog post. It serves as a reminder that pet owners should not only be aware but also vigilant about the risks and threats out there. We can all do a better job of taking the necessary precautions before exposing our pups to the outside world especially in times like these. I will remember to sanitize toys, feeding bowls and her bed/play area more frequently (at least once a week). Appreciate all the information and tips!!

Sanna
Sanna

September 11, 2020

Loved this article! There is always room for improvement when keeping our dogs as safe and healthy as possible!

mochiii808
mochiii808

September 11, 2020

Thank you for reminding us how important and to be careful when we take our dogs to outdoor activities! I think we really need to be careful especially at doggie parks because I heard one of the doggie had played with toys where has been there for long time and other dogs were playing with it too and then got virus/sick. Better play only with your toys that you brought with you..!

Also this always catches my eyes but there are so many owners walking their dogs under the hot sun which the ground’s SO HOT!!! They need to re-think where and when to walk their babies. If you’re going out on daytime, there’s one solution.. get your K9 Sport Sack! Always great to have and will help you in any situations!!

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