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UpDog and Coastal Pet Pro™Fit Products Make Staying Active Fun

One of the many joys of owning a dog is that they offer a way to stay active. Whether twice-daily walks, jogging, backyard fetch, or agility classes, exercise is a crucial part of keeping canines of nearly any breed healthy.

“Dogs and humans are better when they’re active,” says Jason Rigler, a co-founder of UpDog Challenge, a disc and dog sport organization. “Being sedentary has as much of an impact on mental health as physical.”

UpDog offers dog owners of all kinds an opportunity to stay active while nurturing their competitive side. After growing concerned about hyper-competitive dog contests that were often intimidating to novices, UpDog founders developed a slate of new games that range in skill level and whose difficulty can grow alongside skills. For example, 4WayPlay involves earning points for throwing/catching in four score zones on the field, Frizgility combines agility obstacles with frisbee catches, and TimeWarp challenges teams to complete three catches and race back in the shortest amount of time.

The other component that sets UpDog apart is its scoring and tracking system. In addition to just first, second, and third place in competitions, UpDog tracks all results and accomplishments, allowing teams to view lifetime stats online, accumulate points, measure progress, and unlock achievements. “For the teams that may not make the podium, they can play for something else,” Rigler says.

UpDog hosts events all over the country and around the world, culminating in the International Finals, which were held earlier this month, April 4-7.

Toys for Active Dogs—and UpDog Challengers

Competitors at this year’s UpDog International Finals were some of the first to try Coastal Pet’s brand new Pro™Fit flying disc, part of a lineup of toys designed to be engaging and durable for active dogs.

The ProFit disc, which was included in Player’s Pack swag bags as part of Coastal Pet’s sponsorship of the event, looks like a traditional frisbee but has four raised areas that make it easier for dogs to pick up off of the ground. Rigler got a chance to try out the new frisbee and was impressed by the toy’s foam material, noting that it merges the durability and fly capabilities of a hard-surface frisbee with a softer give that is gentler on the dog’s mouth. The toy floats well too, Rigler says, rising to the surface quickly so the dog has to spend less time looking for it underwater.

The ProFit toy line also includes a Stick, a Mini Ring and a Mega Ring, a Rope Ball, and the “Flying Jack,” a frisbee-like flyer featuring four balls around the edges and a hollow point in the center; the toy tosses like a frisbee but bounces around when it hits the ground for an extra-fun challenge.

Pro Fit Disc

All of the toys in the ProFit line were designed for ultimate durability, made with a self-healing, waterproof foam that survived even the harshest of factory pull tests.

Pro Fit _StickLarge Ring
Ballwith Rope _Pro FitPro Fit _Flying Jack

Collars and Leashes for Active Dogs

ProFit toys come in easy-to-see bright blue and yellow, matching or complementing Coastal’s Pro collars and leashes. Also designed with active dogs in mind, Pro includes a reflective leash and collar, featuring sporty contrasting colors:

  • aqua + neon yellow
  • fuchsia + teal
  • lime + orange
  • bright blue + gray
  • bright green + gray
  • bight orange + gray
  • bright pink + gray
  • purple + yellow

The line’s waterproof harnesses, leashes, and collars are ideal for dogs that love to get wet; they are designed for easy cleaning and durability and come in four bright colors:

  • aqua
  • fuchsia
  • lime
  • purple

Getting active with your dog is as simple as taking regular strolls around the block, as easy as a game of toss in the backyard, or as engaging as a competition like those from UpDog. Coastal Pet’s toys and gear can help you get there.

8 Tips for Preventing and Treating Fleas and Ticks

The warmer temps of spring bring humans and pets alike out of their homes—and out of their shells—for playtime, longer walks, and lounging in the sun. Unfortunately, they also bring out the fleas and ticks.

The threat, and timing, of flea infestations and ticks varies around the country, but in general they thrive in warm, humid environments, says PetMD. Ask your veterinarian about the risks for your area and recommended prevention options. And be aware that trends are shifting.

“In recent years, ticks that were more commonly found in the Southern part of the country have started to expand their populations into northern areas,” the website cautions. “[Some types of ticks] are making their way to climates that were previously too cold for them. With warming temperatures, wildlife conservation programs, reforestation, and expansion of urban areas, tick migration is on the rise.”

Flea bites can be itchy and even painful for your pup or kitty, and if the infestation gets out of hand, the blood loss could lead to anemia. Even worse, if your dog ingests fleas while grooming, it could lead to parasitic tapeworms in their intestines. Ticks may carry life-threatening diseases for dogs and humans.

Dogs and Fleas — Prevention Is Key

  • The best way to avoid flea and tick issues is to keep pests off your dog altogether or ensure they’re killed soon after. The most common forms of preventative treatments are flea collars, topically applied treatments, sprays, and oral or injectable medications. Be sure to follow directions to ensure effectiveness of any treatment.
    If you go the flea collar route, check out Coastal Pet’s SecureAway collar too protect it and add some style.
  • Consult with your veterinarian before deciding on a treatment plan to ensure you’re using the best option for your particular dog’s needs.
  • Keep your property clear of grass clippings, leaves, straw, and other piles of organic matter. The warm, moist, shady environment they create is flea paradise. Try to keep your dog from rolling around in these areas, as well. Fleabites.net also suggests keeping your grass trimmed short, since fleas can hide in tall grass.
  • Check your dog for ticks every day. If you find one, remove it with clean tweezers or a tick remover. Pull it straight out, ensuring the head or other part doesn’t get left behind. Clean the wound with disinfectant and treat with a triple antibiotic ointment.

Flea Treatment Tips for Pets

Once fleas take hold, pack your patience. Treatment may take some time—and a lot of repetition. Follow directions and be vigilant.

  • If your dog or cat gets fleas, flea shampoo and a flea comb can help capture adult fleas. (Be sure to consult with your vet first to make sure you’re choosing an approved shampoo and one that is suitable for your animal’s breed and fur type.) Because younger fleas and eggs may remain, you’ll need to repeat the process multiple times to ensure you are getting the fleas that are earlier in their life cycle when treatment starts and to keep eggs from hatching; a one-time bath is likely not going to be enough to eradicate the issue.
  • At the same time, treat your home. Vacuum high-traffic areas, including furniture and under furniture, every day and the whole house weekly; empty and discard vacuum bags after each use.
  • Wash your pets’ beds weekly until the problem is eliminated.
  • If the situation doesn’t improve, consider a whole-house treatment, such as a fogger, to kill adults as well as eggs and larvae. Make sure to follow all instructions and plan ahead for keeping your family and pets out of the home during treatment.

Protect Your Pet From Fleas In Style

Protect your flea collar while your flea collar protects your pet: Coastal Pet’s SecureAway collar slips over flea collars to protect them from damage and help keep them in place. Plus: with bright collars and fun patterns, SecureAway delivers a more stylish look. Design options include a simple solid black, solid red, blue with multi-colored bones, or pink with paw prints. Extra small, small, medium, and large sizes are available, up to 26 inches.

“Even if you live in an area of the U.S. that may not be known for having large numbers of fleas and ticks, your pet may still benefit from preventive medications,” says PetMD. “Your veterinarian can give you the best advice as to your pet's risk for flea infestation or tick-borne diseases. Prevention is always easier, safer, and less expensive than treating a disease once it's become established in your pet.”