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48hrs That Will Change Your Perspective on 4th of July

Wet Noses cares about your dog’s safety this holiday and we wanted to share with you a story from one of our own employees:

Jeff our Director of Operations had a ruff weekend:

Starting on Saturday the 2nd, Jeff and his wife went on a walk and came across a lost dog with mange. Mange is an inflammatory disease, that spreads all over their skin. Animal control was completely swamped due to the 4th of July and the police couldn’t help because the mange could spread in their squad car. This dog was clearly in bad shape and looked malnourished. Jeff, having owned dogs his entire life, decided to take him home. He bathed him, gave him food and a place to sleep for the night. In the morning, they called more shelters and they were so busy some couldn’t even answer the phone. They eventually found one with little space left and dropped him off there. Without Jeff taking matters into his own hands, who knows where this poor dog would have ended up.

Later that Sunday, as it was getting dark, fireworks started to go off. Jeff has three small Shih Tzu’s, Max (10), Chopper (12) and Murphy who were scared and hiding in the closet. Jeff, knowing his dogs very well, thought he made them feel comfortable and had the whole situation under control. Then as they were going to bed, Max heard a loud firework and started scratching at the door like crazy and then bolted out the doggy door. Max was so scared he ran through the fence and into the woods. Jeff and his family stayed outside until midnight trying to find him and had no luck. (see picture below)


Monday morning Jeff’s wife called the same dog shelters she had on Saturday to see if Max was dropped off and they were so overwhelmed they could not help her. They said that her best bet was to come down to the shelter and look each day this week. She began to drive through their neighborhood to put up ‘Lost Dog’ signs for Max, and she came across a ‘Found Dog’ sign and called the number. Max was found and it turns out he ran 1.5 miles away from their home because he was so scared. The woman that found him was proactive in this situation, she posted signs in the neighborhood immediately and she also posted on their neighborhood Facebook page to get the word out.

Although Jeff believed he had everything under control, Max was so scared he squeezed through a fence opening that was smaller than his body (see photo below) and ran 1.5 miles away.


Your dog will do amazing things when they are scared. You do not want to underestimate their capabilities.

The shelters are doing their best to help every dog they can, but this is the busiest time of the year! We need to do our part! This Fourth of July we need to look out for all dogs and help these shelters get them home safe and sound.
This is the time to volunteer and to help! If you do find a dog, posting on social media and posting signs around your neighborhood are great way to reach people.

Be safe this 4th or July and keep your dogs inside or on a leash until the fireworks are done.

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Keeping Your Dog Safe in the Summer Heat

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It’s almost Memorial Day and that means summer is back! It’s time to get outside and enjoy the weather with our furry best friends.  That means it’s also time to review the basics of keeping our dogs safe from the heat.


First, some basics.

*Humans perspire in the heat and that helps greatly to cool our bodies. Dogs can’t perspire. They pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs. It’s less efficient than perspiration and high humidity makes it even worse. If your dog is panting excessively in the heat, he/she is too hot and needs your help.

*Dogs with short noses are prone to difficulty breathing, so be particularly careful with them on hot days.

*Dogs with white ears are more susceptible to skin cancer, so it’s important they avoid prolonged ultraviolet exposure.

*Puppies and senior dogs are especially susceptible to heat stroke, as are dogs who are overweight and those who have heart or respiratory diseases.


Limit exercise on hot days.

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*It’s better for you and for your dog to exercise in the early morning or evening during the hot summer months.

*Asphalt gets very hot and can burn your dog’s paws. If you’re jogging or walking in the summer, grass or unpaved paths and trails are a much better option.

*Keep your dog well hydrated. This pretty much goes without saying. In situations where you need more water, so does your dog.


Heat stroke is very serious.

Heat stroke can cause brain damage, organ failure, and can be fatal. Warning signs to look for include panting, rapid or irregular heartbeat, seizures, and unconsciousness. If you live in a hot, humid part of the country, it’s a good idea to keep a thermometer handy. Your dog’s temperature should not be over 103o. If it exceeds 104o-106o, your dog is experiencing heat stroke, and you need to take action right away.

*Move your dog into the shade or indoors to an air-conditioned room.

*Make sure he/she has plenty of fresh, cool water to drink.

*Apply cold towels or cool water to his/her chest, neck, and head.

*Get your best friend to a veterinarian as soon as you can.


And finally, this no-brainer again.

We’ve all gotten into our car on a hot day and nearly burned our hands on a blistering steering wheel, but most of us don’t realize how quickly that happens. For example, when the outside temperature is 80o, the interior of your car warms up surprisingly fast.

Trucker Spook     Time —————— Temperature

     10 minutes ———– 99o

     20 minutes ———– 109o

     30 minutes ———–114o

     60 minutes ———– 123o

That’s just at 80o. On a hot day, the interior of your car can reach temperatures in excess of 140o! If your dog is very young or very old, or prone to heat-related distress for any other reason, this can create a very dangerous situation. It can potentially even worsen an underlying condition and present a problem later in life. And remember, your dog doesn’t understand what’s going on like you do. She only knows she’s trapped in a very bad situation and may panic. That’s just going to make a bad situation worse.

A little knowledge and some common sense go a long way if you just stay aware. Stay cool and safe out there this season.

Wet Noses wishes all of you and all of your dogs a safe and happy Memorial Day and a great summer.

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10 Days of Earth Day | Day 10 – Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day everyone! The internet and news media are alive with Earth Day topics, and we thought instead of repeating what’s everywhere already, we’d put a personal face on Earth Day with a guest blog from one of our passionate customer service team members, Michael!

EarthDayGlobeI was young in 1970, but not too young to remember the first Earth Day. Earth’s population was 3,706,618,163, a number I couldn’t possibly comprehend. The small town I was growing up in existed solely to support the oil refinery it surrounded. I don’t remember ever seeing it not spewing black smoke into the air, and it smelled funny. My uncle said that was the smell of money, but he worked there, so I figured he was just used to it. Earth Day seemed like a cool idea to me but my very conservative father thought it was stupid, dreamed up by hippies. Turns out I was right; it was a cool idea.

Visiting a devastating oil spill in Santa Barbara in 1969 provided the impetus for Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson to take action with the goal of directing attention to a variety of environmental issues. With bipartisan support, he was able to organize the first Earth Day, with some 20 million Americans coming together in various locations around the country.

20 years later and all grown up, I was proud to take part in an event for the 20th anniversary of Earth Day. By that time, it had become a global event, with 200 million people in 141 countries around the world. That celebration led directly to the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro and Senator Nelson receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1995. By 2000, Earth Day had expanded to be recognized and celebrated in 184 countries. Earth Day continues to grow, both in scope and in size. It is estimated that over 1 billion people worldwide now celebrate Earth Day.

We’ve come a long way toward better stewardship of our environment since 1970, but there is still much work to do. The population has doubled since the first Earth Day. That oil refinery from my childhood still stands there, and still belches out black smoke. Not my uncle, though. He died of lung cancer about 20 years ago, most likely from all those years working around the “smell of money”.

Why even celebrate Earth Day? What’s the point? Largely, the success of Earth Day has been seen in the area of awareness. Earth Day has brought people together in unlikely alliances. The farmer who resists using pesticides on his own crops, the South American college student protesting deforestation, and the Sri Lankan watching his beach disappear have come to realize they are all essentially fighting the same battle, and there’s power in numbers.


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10 Days of Earth Day | Day 9 – Safe Quality Foods

SQF-1Earth day is just around the corner, and we’ll be publishing a feature post every day until April 22nd! Check back each day for a new post!

We take the quality of our organic dog treats very seriously, and that dictates what we do and how we do it at Wet Noses. It’s why we go to all the extra work to obtain and maintain our USDA Organic certification. It’s why we earned official verification by The Non-GMO Project, assuring that none of our ingredients are genetically modified. It’s why we use local sources for our ingredients whenever possible. And it’s why we are so dedicated to our SQF Level-3 certification. There is no higher standard for food safety in the world!

SQF, which stands for safe quality food, is governed by the Safe Quality Food Institute to ensure the food products that make it to store shelves worldwide are safe. Once of the simplest ways to ensure that we’re the safest possible with our ingredients is by choosing the highest-quality ingredient – 100% USDA Certified Organic ingredients. By only choosing to include organic ingredients, we’re ensuring the safest ingredients through the USDA’s extensive requirements for certification.

What these certifications mean to you is that we take every possible precaution to guarantee your dog treats are absolutely safe and of the highest possible quality. Why do we do it? Because nothing is more important to us than the health, safety, and well-being of you and your dog.




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10 Days of Earth Day | Day 8 – Pesticides & Fertilizers

215287_10151662847113689_952105214_nEarth day is just around the corner, and we’ll be publishing a feature post every day until April 22nd! Check back each day for a new post!

With the human population growing every day, industrial farms turned to the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides years ago to try to keep up with demand. These chemicals are causing damage to the environment, wildlife, people, and our dogs.

The runoff of chemical fertilizers contaminates rivers, lakes, and oceans and also rob soil of organic matter. When this happens, the soil is less able to hold moisture and more susceptible to erosion.

As far as pesticides and their long term effects on dogs go, some is still unknown, but the likely effects are quite clear. Many have been found to contain cancer-causing carcinogens. Others have been linked with problems with the endocrine system, and neurotoxicity. With limited exposure, negative effects are often not apparent right away, and only time will tell what the long-term effects are. Some studies have shown that up to 30% of your dogs exposure to chemical pesticides and fertilizers come from choosing low quality food and treats that aren’t organically produced!

At Wet Noses, we have never used ingredients that have been subjected to these dangerous chemicals and we never will. The “USDA Organic” label on every box of Wet Noses treats is proof of it. It is part of our commitment to the well-being of you and your best friend.

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