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15 Summer Safety Tips for Your Dog

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Summer is here, and there are so many fun outdoor activities our dogs love to be a part of. But hot weather also requires vigilance and safety precautions so we can all enjoy the warmth and sun together safely. Here are a few summer safety tips to help you keep your dog safe during the hottest months of the year.

1. Make sure your pup stays hydrated.

During the hot summer months, it’s essential to make sure your pup stays hydrated. Providing plenty of fresh drinking water for your dog will help to prevent heat exhaustion and heat stroke. 

Make sure you change your dog’s water bowl often so they always have clean, fresh water. Don’t let your dog drink pond, lake, or ocean water while on outings, as drinking from bodies of water could make your pet sick. 

2. Avoid exercising during the hottest part of the day.

Like you, your dog is susceptible to heat exhaustion or heat stroke when exercising during the hottest part of the day. Even simply spending prolonged period out in the heat–without exercising–can overheat and dehydrate your dog.

When you exercise outdoors during the summer, spend shorter amounts of time outside than normal. Take plenty of breaks to cool down. And if possible, exercise early in the morning or later in the evening to avoid extreme heat exposure.

3. Steer clear of hot pavement.

Your dog’s paws can get burned in the summer heat. To protect your pup’s paws, avoid spending much time on hot asphalt, cement, or sand. You want to avoid letting your dog’s paws get painfully blistered.

4. Don’t leave your dog alone in a hot car.

One of the biggest summer hazards for dogs is being left alone in a hot car. It is never appropriate or safe to leave your dog unattended in the car. 

Even parking in the shade and rolling the windows down won’t cool your vehicle enough to make it safe. Your dog can still overheat if you leave her alone in the car, so just don’t do it.

5. Give your pup someplace to cool off.

Provide plenty of water and shade so your dog can cool off outdoors. In addition, make sure they can spend plenty of time indoors so they’re not too exposed to the heat throughout the day. 

6. Look out for blue green algae in freshwater lakes and ponds.

Blue green algae (cyanobacteria) is toxic to dogs, and can be deadly. Swimming in freshwater that contains blue green algae, or drinking algae contaminated water, could kill your dog. 

This type of algae “blooms” on the surface of lakes, creeks, and ponds. It’s often described as having a pea soup appearance. If you dog comes in contact with blue green algae, they could die within a matter of days.

Prompt treatment is essential if your dog has been exposed to blue green algae. For more information, take a look at this article all about algae poisoning

7. Protect your dog’s skin from sun damage. 

Did you know that your dog can get sunburned, too? Prolonged sun exposure can burn your pup’s skin, just like yours. Luckily, there are doggie sunscreens that are great for protecting your pet’s skin.

Keep in mind that the sunscreens we humans use are actually toxic to your pet. Steer clear of regular sunscreen for your pup and only use something formulated just for her.

8. Check for fleas and ticks.

Fleas and ticks are pesky nuisances during the summer months, and can leave your dog majorly uncomfortable. Even worse, ticks carry lyme disease and can make your dog sick.

Check your pet for fleas and ticks every evening after they’ve been outside. If possible, consider putting your dog on a flea, tick, and heartworm preventative medication. 

9. Watch for hotspots and treat them quickly.

Summertime can trigger itchy, uncomfortable hotspots on your dog’s skin. When your dog licks irritated areas on his skin over and over, that can cause hotspots to form. Keep a watch on your dog’s skin and keep his fur clean. If you see hotspots, treat them promptly to help them heal as quickly as possible. Here’s more information on hotspots and what causes them

10. Put a doggy life jacket on your pup at the lake.

If your furry friend loves to take a swim on hot summer days, consider getting her a doggy life jacket. These are particularly useful for pet safety if you take your dog out on the boat, in deeper waters. Life vests help prevent your dog from getting too exhausted, and will help you get them to safety if you need to.

11. Travel with caution.

When you travel in the summer, use extra caution to keep your pets safe in moving vehicles at all times. For example, don’t let your dog ride in the bed of your truck. In addition, don’t let your dog hang out the passenger window. 

Even though that happy face and flapping ears are adorable, it’s really dangerous for your dog to be anywhere but inside a moving vehicle. 

12. Check your dog for bites and stings.

Summer is the season for stinging, biting dangers such as wasps, bees, yellow jackets, and snakes. Keep a lookout for nests in the areas where your dog spends time outside. Additionally, pay attention to any knots or bites that you might notice. If you suspect your dog has been bitten by a snake, get her to the vet immediately.

13. Don’t shave off your dog’s coat.

In the sweltering heat, it seems like shaving your dog’s coat would cool him off, right? Not exactly. Some dogs’ coats actually help to keep them cool in the summertime. Double coated dogs such as collies and huskies are a great example. If you need to brush or trim your dog’s fur, that’s great–but avoid the shave.

14. Know the signs of heat stroke. 

Dogs and humans have similar symptoms when it comes to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Keep a close eye on your dogs when they spend time outside in the heat. Make sure they take plenty of water breaks and come inside often.

Call your veterinarian immediately if your dog is displaying some or all of the following: 

  • Excessive drooling
  • Rapid panting
  • Rapid heart rate 
  • Elevated temperature (feels warm to touch)
  • Dry nose
  • Red appearance in and around mouth
  • Lethargic, unusually quiet, or unresponsive
  • Vomiting
  • Tremors or seizures
  • Staggering or difficulty standing
  • Passing blood in stool or from mouth

If your pet is having some or all of the above symptoms, get them to a shady area or take the mindoors. Cool water immersion will help bring down her body temperature (not cold). You can also apply ice to her chest, neck, or head.

Licking ice cubes or drinking a little bit of cool water might help your pet begin to rehydrate. Once you have her comfortable, take her to the veterinarian. 

15. Use Huan Smart Tags to protect your dog at home and away.

Worried about a runaway dog this summer? For an added layer of protection all year round, get lightweight, durable Huan Smart Tags for your dogs. Powered by low energy Bluetooth technology, Huan alerts you automatically when your pet is detected away from home or away from you. Additionally, our app allows you to check up on your dog when she’s home alone. Our tags come in a variety of vibrant colors. Pick your favorite here

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9 Ways to Take Care of Your Pet with Huan

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If you have dogs, cats, or other animal friends in your home, then you know how important it is to take care of your pet. There are many ways to ensure your furry friends are healthy, happy, and safe, but naturally, we always want to go the extra mile. 

One way to add an additional layer of protection for your pets is by using Huan Smart Tags and pairing them with our app. Lightweight, durable, and powered by Bluetooth LE, Smart Tags are a safe alternative to GPS pet trackers and pet microchips. 

Huan is best known for helping reunite pet owners with their lost dogs and cats, but Smart Tags go beyond just detecting pets away from home. 

So how can else can you take care of your pet with Huan? Let’s look at nine possibilities.  

1. Locating your lost pet. 

The heartache and fear that come with losing a pet are gut-wrenching, and no one should ever have to experience them. Unfortunately, pets escape from home in a variety of ways and go missing every single day. The pet owners who are unlucky enough to have lost a beloved furry friend say they’d do anything to get their pet back. 

Our CEO, Gilad, came up with the idea for Huan after nearly losing his dog while out of town. Luckily, Puppy P. Pie was quickly located in the driveway of the home where Gilad was staying. However, that terrible dread stuck with him, and the concept for Smart Tags was born. (You can read the full story here.) 

If your pet escapes from your home or yard and is detected away from you, the Huan app will alert you automatically. That peace of mind is invaluable, especially when you know what it’s like to lose a dog or cat.

2. Keeping track of your pet on vacation.

Pets can easily get lost or afraid in a new place. A dog or cat on vacation is surrounded by unfamiliar territory–new smells, new furniture, new house. Perhaps the guests before you had pets, too, and your dog or cat is picking up on their scent. 

Either way, vacation can trigger a cascade of uncomfortable feelings in your dog or cat. They may be feeling fearful or skittish in this new place. Anxiety can make a pet more likely to try to escape, so work to soothe your pet when you’re staying in a new place–especially if you’re going to be leaving them at the vacation rental. 

When you go on outings, use your Huan app to keep an eye on your pet–and make sure they’re staying where they’re supposed to be! 

3. Taking precautions on adventure outings. 

Many members of the Huan pack rely on Smart Tags when they go on adventures with their dogs. Huan is durable enough for hiking, boating, fishing, running an obstacle course, playing frisbee, swimming at the beach, and much more. 

Your dog’s Smart Tag will help you reunite with your pup if you get separated on your big day out. Time is of the essence, especially if you’re exploring in a potentially hazardous area. 

4. Monitoring your pet while you’re at work.

Whether your pets are home alone or hanging with the pet-sitter or dog walker while you’re at work, Huan will help you ensure they’re safe. You can use your app to check up on your pets’ whereabouts, even from the office.

Huan pack member Hannah Hackley uses Smart Tags for her dogs, Lyla and Finley. The pups are rescues from Los Angeles-based Wags and Walks. So far, Hannah’s dogs haven’t escaped from home. As a precautionary measure, Huan provides her with peace of mind.

“Luckily–fingers crossed–they haven’t escaped,” Hannah says. 

According to Hannah, Huan helps her keep up with Lyla and Finley whether they’re home or out with the dog walkers. 

“Our dog walkers are great and we trust them, but you never know what could happen,” she says. “Someone could leave the door open, or one of them could get off their leash during a walk. This was the best thing we could have chosen for any potential scenario.

“When we’re at work, we can open the map and see that they’re indeed at our house instead of wandering around. It’s a great tool that brings a lot of peace of mind. We know where they are, and they always have their tags on.” 

Hannah says she didn’t want to face losing a pet with no way to locate them. 

“We’ve heard of so many situations from our friends and family who have lost pets. Luckily, they have found their animals, but we never wanted to be in that same situation,” she says.

5. Keeping an eye on your foster pets.

If you’ve ever fostered or adopted a pet, you know they’re more likely to attempt an escape. That’s because some rescues and fosters are attempting to get back to their previous home, or perhaps they’re anxious or afraid in their new surroundings.

Hannah hopes to begin fostering more pets in the near future, and she plans to use Huan tags to keep tabs on them, just like her rescue dogs. (A number of animal shelters and humane societies across the country are using Huan for the dogs and cats they place with foster and forever families.) 

6. Herding cats–literally.

Do you have cats with access to the outdoors? Huan can help you locate them, particularly if they tend to hide out near your house. 

Although cats may appear to run away from home from time to time, they’re usually hanging out nearby. Use Huan to scout their hiding places so you’ll know where to look when they dip out for a little while. 

One member of the Huan pack uses Smart Tags to round her cats up every evening before bedtime. Her furry friends are indoor-outdoor pets, so she saves time by being able to locate exactly where they are in her yard or near her home. 

7. Checking on your pet when you’re away for an extended period of time.

Working an unexpected double shift? Stuck in a major traffic jam? Had an accident or sudden illness? Huan’s Home Alone feature allows you to get help for your pet after they’ve been home by themselves for over 12 hours. 

Automatic alerts ping your phone when you’ve been detected away from home for extended hours, including during an emergency. You can also set up an Emergency Contact list, whose members can receive automated alerts to check on your pet after a certain period of time.

Home Alone adds a layer of protection for your pet that ensures they don’t go too long without food, water, playtime, or a potty break while you’re away. It’s a great way to take care of your pet even if you can’t be there with them. 

8. Locating anxious pets during trigger events.

Do you have a pet who’s fearful of weather events like thunderstorms, or loud noises like fireworks? Does your pet hide–or even try to run away–when these events trigger their anxiety? If that’s the case, Huan can help you keep tabs on their whereabouts. 

Some areas of the country are more prone to severe weather events than others. In the Deep South where I live, for example, it’s not unusual to experience tornado warnings throughout the year. Additionally, most communities test their tornado sirens weekly. 

If your pet is easily spooked during these times, Huan will be a helpful assist–especially if you need to round up the fur babies and hunker down in the shelter until the storm passes. 

9. Building a Pet Protection Network in your community.

Because Huan is community-based, you’re adding more protection for your pet (and others) when you build a Pet Protection Network among friends and family in your community. 

When a community group of Huan app users gets together, they form a wider protective net for runaway pets in the local area. Think of it as your pet’s very own “village” that comes together to look after her and make sure she’s safe at home with her family. 

Ready to take care of your pet with Huan? Click the button below to learn more! 

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3 Surprising Ways Cats Love Their Owners

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Cats have a long-standing, stereotypical reputation for being aloof, cold, and uncaring. But cat owners know that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Instead, cats love their owners–and research is showing us that they love us humans in surprising ways.

1. Cats see their humans as equals. 

In an interview with National Geographic, John Bradshaw, a University of Bristol cat behavior expert, pointed out that dogs treat people differently than other dogs.

“[It’s] become very clear that dogs perceive us as being different than themselves: As soon as they see a human, they change their behavior. The way a dog plays with a human is completely different from [the way it plays] with a dog,” he says.

Bradshaw says cats’ social behavior doesn’t seem to have adapted much over the millennia. Instead, count yourself loved if your cat treats you like another cat. 

“Putting their tails up in the air, rubbing around our legs, and sitting beside us and grooming us are exactly what cats do to each other,” says Bradshaw.

2. Cats attach to their people like babies and dogs do.

The scientific community has placed a high level of emphasis on dogs’ behavior toward people, but until recently, not much has been focused on cats. However, a recent study from Oregon State University found that cats relate to their humans owners in much the same way as babies and dogs. In fact, 65% of the cats in the study were securely attached to their owners.

Dogs are well-known in the scientific community for forming secure, strong attachments to their owners. This study found that cats are very similar, despite their reputation for being aloof. According to the report: 

“[C]ats display distinct attachment styles toward human caregivers. Evidence that cats share social traits once attributed to dogs and humans alone would suggest that broader non-canine-specific mechanisms may be needed to explain cross-species attachment and socio-cognitive abilities.”

In others words, this research could mean that dogs won’t necessarily be the model species for human-to-animal attachment studies in the future.

3. Cats show love through physical action.

Cats love their owners through a variety of physical actions. Some of these are: 

  • Purring
  • Grooming
  • Nuzzling
  • Head bunting
  • Blinking slowly
  • Snuggling
  • Kneading
  • Displaying their belly (rolling onto their back)
  • Staying close to you

You know your cat best–so whether they display all these physical actions or just a few, know that each one helps to strengthen your bond. 

How Huan Keeps Your Cats Safe

Huan Smart Tags aren’t just for dogs–they’re great for cats, too! Our pet protection community features a number of cat owners who love to keep their cats safe using Huan.

Huan tags can help you keep track of your cat’s whereabouts–particularly if your cat tends to hide often or is an indoor-outdoor pet. (One of our members uses Huan to round up her three indoor-outdoor cats every night when it’s time for bed!)

Additionally, our Home Alone feature helps you ensure your cats are comfortable and taken care of when you’re away from home for an extended period of time. Whether you want to keep your cat safe at home or get an alert if they wander away, we’ve got you covered.

Want to know more about how Huan can help protect your cat? Click the button below. 

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Fun Outdoor Ways to Workout with Your Dog

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1.  Go for a long walk.

Walking together is a great way to spend a little bonding time with your dog while getting plenty of exercise and vitamin D. If you and your dog haven’t been exercising regularly, this is one way to get started.

You’ll want a sturdy leash and collar (or harness) if your pet doesn’t already have one. Depending on where you walk, make sure to take along one or two eco-friendly waste bags if your dog has to take a potty break. 

When you’re starting out, start with shorter distances and work your way up. Walking in the morning or evening during summer and fall, when it’s cooler, is a comfortable time to get out of the house. That way, you can avoid dangerous heat extremes.

2. Jog together.

When you and your dog are ready, jogging can be an energizing and enjoyable experience. Be sure to both stay hydrated and pace yourselves, especially if you’re just starting to train for the first time. Jogging is a fantastic way to not only get some great cardio time in, but also to stay fit and energized. If you’ve got a working dog or just a high-energy pet, jogging is a good choice to help them burn all that energy.

To jog safely, be sure you and your dog have reflective gear and a good harness. You might want to consider investing in an escape proof harness or a no-pull harness to prevent your dog from yanking the leash while you run. 

3. Play fetch or frisbee.

Throwing a frisbee, ball, or stick for your pup is a fun way to get in some play time and get your bodies moving, too. If you have a big yard, you can easily head right outside and play at home. Or, you can head over to the local park–whether that’s a dog park or just a wide open space nearby. 

4. Go for a swim.

Many dogs love to swim, and with summertime just around the corner, it’s the perfect time of year to splash around with your pup. Take a dip in the pool, or head to the river or lake for an afternoon of swimming and playtime. 

Make sure your dog has all the necessary safety equipment, like a doggie life jacket. Also, be on the lookout for blue green algae, which is deadly for dogs (here is a solid guide to the risks of blue green algae). Steer clear of algae-infested waters, follow basic safety guidelines, and enjoy! 

5. Go hiking. 

There are many areas all over the country that boast scenic hiking trails, nature preserves, state parks, and national parks. Get out into the fresh air and enjoy the day with your best furry friend. 

Spring, summer, and fall are the best times for hiking. Just be sure you carry plenty of supplies if you’re in for an extended hike–especially water, snacks, and safety gear. 

How to Keep Your Dog Safe on an Outdoor Workout

When you go on an outdoor adventure with your dog, you’ll want to make sure you have all the bases covered when it comes to their safety. Remember, it’s easy for pets to get separated from their owners, especially while away from home. 

If you haven’t yet done obedience training with your dog, that can be a helpful tool for calling him to your side. Making sure your dog has a Huan Smart Tag on her collar is also an important step toward securing her safety while you’re outside.

Huan is a Bluetooth-powered Smart Tag that notifies you when your pet is detected away from home or away from you. If your dog escapes on an outing, your fellow Huan app users and our advanced Sensor Network will help you detect and locate them. 

Want to know more about how Huan Smart Tags can protect your pet, both at home and on outdoor adventures? Click the button below. 

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How to Build a Pet Protection Network in Your Community

Huan is powered by community. When groups of people in the same neighborhood, town, or county are all using Huan, they’re exponentially increasing the chances of locating lost pets and returning them to their homes as quickly as possible. 

Our Smart Tags utilize Bluetooth LE power, meaning they have the ability to flag the Huan app as soon as your pet is detected away from home or away from you. In order for your pet to be detected sooner rather than later, you’ll need some active Huan app users nearby.

Let’s look at a few ways you can build a Huan pet protection community in your own backyard. 

1. Tell your friends and family.

Let your fellow pet owners know about Huan so they can protect their pets, too. We offer a wide variety of colors and designs in our collection of durable silicone sleeves. 

But Huan isn’t just for pet owners. For friends and family who don’t have pets, installing the Huan app means they can keep an eye on other missing pets in the neighborhood–including yours. The Huan app is free for anyone to use, and it doesn’t require a paid subscription like the Smart Tags do. 

2. Talk to your community animal shelter. 

Animal shelters are busy, crowded places, but the shelter volunteers go above and beyond to help pets find their homes. That includes taking in lost pets and seeking out their owners. 

Our animal shelter partners send their adopted pets home with a Huan tag of their very own. And, if your missing pet is picked up by a shelter volunteer, they can utilize the Huan app to get in touch with you–so you can get your furry friend safely home. 

3. Help build our Sensor Network. 

Beyond the Huan app, our Huan Sensor Network is another part of our commitment to locate lost pets and reunite them with their owners. If you own a brick-and-mortar business in your hometown, setting up a sensor in your office provides a stationary location that will flag pet owners’ apps when their lost pet is nearby.

If you’re part of the Sensor Network, tell other business owners about it. Together, you can widen the net in your town.

We also offer sensors that can be placed in your vehicle. Animal control workers, utility workers, delivery drivers, and other professionals who spend a lot of time in their vehicles are a valuable part of our pet-locating networks.

4. Leverage social media. 

Word of mouth is a powerful tool, and social media is one way to spread the word far and wide. Not only can you leverage your social networks to build Huan in your community; you can spread the word to your friends’ communities as well.

Are you part of our pack? 

If you’re not part of the Huan pack yet, we’d love to have you! And if you are, tell your friends. There’s strength and safety in numbers, and the larger we can grow our Huan communities, the more pets we can bring home safely–and quickly.

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5 Ways Pets Can Help Reduce Stress

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If you’re a dog or cat owner, you know how rewarding it is to have a pet in your home. Our furry companions bring companionship, excitement, love, and joy into our lives. But did you know pets have been scientifically proven to help reduce stress? 

Whatever your career or life circumstances, your pet can help you cope with the stresses of everyday life. And, we’re especially thankful for our pets during difficult times when stress is higher than usual. 

Here are 5 ways your pet can help reduce stress, improve your health, and boost your overall quality of life. 

1. Petting your dog or cat can reduce stress.

One study conducted by Washington State University revealed that the simple act of petting your dog or cat can reduce stress. The study was conducted with student participants from the college. Researchers found that the student participants’ cortisol levels were lowered after just 10 minutes of petting and interacting with cats and dogs. 

It’s amazing that something as simple as spending a little time with our pets can help us feel so much better. Curl up with your cat or give your pup a belly rub–even just for a few minutes–and you’ll be nurturing your pet and taking care of yourself at the same time. 

2. Having a pet can benefit your mental health.

Many individuals struggle with mental illness, particularly anxiety disorders and depression. In one survey, 74% of respondents reported that having a pet was beneficial to their mental health. Getting a pet is an easy lifestyle change you can make for your overall wellbeing–not just your mental health. 

If you’re already a pet owner, spend more quality time with your dog or cat. If you’re experiencing debilitating anxiety or depression, it’s best to seek help from a licensed mental health professional. Your provider can work with you to design a plan that fits your individual needs–and includes plenty of therapeutic time with your pet, too.  

3. Pets can help reduce the negative impact of social isolation. 

Pets provide companionship and a friendly presence for people who might otherwise spend a lot of their time alone. Additionally, having a pet could alleviate loneliness during times of social distancing, such as we’re currently experiencing due to COVID-19.

A study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology revealed that pets help people who are experiencing rejection or social isolation. Though they may not be human, our furry family members absolutely keep us company. 

4. Having a pet boosts your self-esteem.

Pet owners report higher self-esteem–a state of being that significantly impacts your stress levels and wellbeing. When you have a poor self-image, that influences your ability to set and achieve your goals–and it also makes your stress levels skyrocket. 

Higher self-esteem can lead to lower stress and a better overall quality of life. Spending time with your pet, therefore, raises your quality of life in a myriad of ways. 

5. Pets can help you exercise more often.

Exercise is a fantastic natural stress reliever. Physical movement boosts your endorphins, lifts your mood, and helps generate an overall sense of well-being, lowering your stress levels in the process. 

Dogs, in particular, require a lot of exercise. If you’re a dog owner, helping your dog exercise means you’re getting your daily steps in, too. 

Before you go…

Your pet takes care of you–now let us help you keep them safe. Huan Smart Tags are lightweight, Bluetooth-powered tags that alert you when your pet is detected away from home or away from you. They’re an incredibly affordable way to add that extra layer of protection.

Want to know more? Click the button below.

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Pet Microchip vs. Bluetooth LE: Which is Best?

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Most pet owners want their dogs and cats to have an extra layer of protection in case they ever get lost or escape from home. Many people choose a GPS pet tracker, but there are some who prefer to avoid GPS due to its potential radiation risks–in addition to its higher cost.

So if you’re avoiding using a GPS tracker for your pet, what are your options? 

Microchips and tags equipped with Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) offer some protection for pets who go missing. Let’s look at some specifics and compare the two.

Microchipping Your Pet

Although many people consider a pet microchip to be a pet tracker, it’s actually not a tracking device at all. Instead, it’s a tiny glass capsule the size of a rice grain that is inserted under your pet’s skin. Microchips hold your information so that when your lost pet is found, a vet or a shelter can access your contact information. 

Unfortunately, microchips can’t tell you anything about your pet’s location in real-time. They depend wholly on your pet being found by someone who can scan the microchip and get in touch with you. 

One of the biggest problems with microchipping is that your pet could be gone for weeks or even months before they’re found. That is, potentially, an incredibly long time to have little to no information about where your pet is, or if they’re safe. 

Using a Bluetooth Low Energy Tag 

Bluetooth LE technology can be used in pet ID tags to help owners locate them when they go missing. Huan Smart Tags utilize this type of Bluetooth connection, which is safe for your pet and only needs a replacement battery about once every 12 months (does not require charging). 

The Bluetooth in our Smart Tags doesn’t function exactly like a location-tracking GPS device. Instead, it emits a low signal when a lost pet comes near a Huan sensor or app user. Your main advantage here is that your pet is likely to be detected away from home (or away from you) in less time than it might take for a caregiver to scan a microchip. 

Huan Smart Tags are detectable by sensors and app users when within a 300-foot radius of your pet. If you’ve built a community of app users and a sensor network in your town, you’ll be alerted as soon as your pet gets near one of those devices. And if your pet is detected fairly close to home, chances are good that you or someone you know can locate and bring them home. 

Another advantage of using Huan Bluetooth tags is that your personal information isn’t readily accessible by other app users. While you can use the app to connect with a person who has found your lost pet, they can’t access details like your name or address. We pride ourselves on creating a product that not only protects your pet, but also your data. 

Wrapping Up

Ultimately, both microchips and Bluetooth tags are useful tools for protecting your pet. You might consider combining both technologies for an added layer of protection. Both options help to reunite pets with their families and neither do harm to your beloved best friends. 

Click the button below to learn more about Huan tags, our app, and our advanced Sensor Network. 

Are you considering a microchip or Bluetooth Smart Tag like Huan for your pet? Let us know in the comments!

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Fun Indoor Activities for Dogs in Quarantine

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Many individuals and families nationwide are choosing to exercise social distancing–and to self-quarantine at home–while the COVID-19 situation continues to develop. With the very real possibility of mandated self-quarantine, it’s possible that we may all end up spending a lot of time indoors with our dogs.

If you have a private yard and plenty of space for your dog to get outside and exercise, you should be in pretty good shape. But if you live in an apartment complex or in an area where you can’t go outside, your dog is probably going to get a little stir-crazy before this is all over. 

Many vets are encouraging people who have not tested positive for COVID-19 to continue interacting normally with their pets. Still, you should absolutely limit your pet’s exposure to other people and animals, you shouldn’t have to change your usual interactions. 

While you’re shut-in with your dog more than normal, it’s important to keep them entertained and exercised as much as you can. Dogs who are restless and bored are more likely to exibit nervous and destructive behaviors–and they may even attempt to escape from home

We’ve gathered a few examples of fun indoor activities to keep your dog occupied while you shelter-in-place. 

Before we dive in…

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, then it’s important to limit your exposure to your pet as much as possible. If you have other individuals in your home who can help take care of your pet while you recover, share this list of ideas with them. 

Of course, if you live alone with your pet, you won’t be able to limit your exposure. In that case, take it easy while you recover–and give these activities a try as you feel able. 

1. Chew toys and bones

Puppies and dogs love to chew, and it’s a great way to help them expend some energy during the day. Purchase a heavy-duty toy or two that your pup can’t destroy, and encourage them to have a little chew time every day. Providing safe chew toys should help deter your dog from chewing on furnutire and shoes.

2. Give extra attention and cuddles 

If you’re healthy, you should continue showing your dog affection, including giving plenty of pets and cuddles. Research shows that just 10 minutes of petting your dog can help reduce stress and anxiety–a valuable benefit, especially these days. (But try to avoid letting your pup lick your face, just to be on the safe side.) 

3. Treat hide-and-seek

Playing hide-and-seek with your dog’s treats can be a fun, tasty diversion during a long day at home. You can opt to hide treats around the house or put a treat inside a toy for your dog to retrieve. Toys you can stuff with treats, like KONG or similar dog toys, can help keep your pup occupied for quite a while. 

4. Learn some new tricks

While you’re hanging out at home with your dog, it’s a great opportunity to learn some new tricks. Use a clicker or small treats as rewards when your pup follows your instructions. Shoot videos of your dog’s new achievements and share them with your friends via social media to give them (and yourself) a much-needed pick-me-up. 

5. Play hallway fetch

If you have a long hallway in your house, take advantage of it. Halls are great for playing fetch with a tennis ball! 

6. Tug on a rope

Knotted tug-ropes are great for helping your dog expend some energy. And as long as you’re feeling well, they’ll help you get your body moving, too. 

7. Walk the stairs

Do you have a staircase in your home? If your dog is comfortable walking up and down the stairs, this is a great opportunity for them to get some great cardio. 

8. Bathtub ball

Many small dogs enjoy a good challenge. For example, I grew up with a Jack Russell Terrior who loved to run a tennis ball around our bathtub. (This works best in a large tub, but it’s also possible in a standard-size tub, too. Maggie even managed to do this in a walk-in shower.) If you have a small, energetic dog who likes to chase a small ball, letting them run it around the inside of the bathtub might give you a good laugh–and tire your dog out, too. 

Wrapping up

If you’re spending a lot of time at home like we are, best of luck! We hope we’ve given you plenty of great ideas for keeping boredom at bay. And, we wish you health and safety during this uncertain time.

Bored pups are at higher risk of escaping from the house. If your pup does manage to take off during self-quarantine, it’s important to locate them and bring them home as soon as you can. Lightweight, affordable Huan Smart Tags alert you the moment your escape artist is detected away from home or away from you. 

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4 Tips for Managing Dog Travel Anxiety

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Dog travel anxiety is a common issue for many pet owners. Travel anxiety can be incredibly disruptive to your dog and to you. In fact, many dogs run away on vacation or during travel because they’re feeling anxious. 

So what can you do for your nervous pup? Here are 4 tips for managing dog travel anxiety, whether you’re going on a road trip or just taking a quick ride to the park. 

How do I know if my dog has travel anxiety? 

First, observe how your dog behaves in the car. Does he or she become agitated or act out-of-character? 

If you’re not sure, here are a few signs your dog might be experiencing anxiety during travel: 

  • Yawning
  • Drooling excessively
  • Whining
  • Barking
  • Pacing the vehicle
  • Acting agitated
  • Unable to relax
  • Scratching
  • Urinating
  • Shaking or quivering all over
  • Trying to escape the vehicle

Tips for managing your dog’s anxiety on the road 

It’s important to manage your dog’s travel anxiety. Let’s look at a few methods that may help calm and soothe your pup on the road. 

1. Identify whether your dog is getting carsick

Many signs of carsickness in dogs overlap with the signs of travel anxiety. Unless your pet is vomiting on road trips, it might be difficult to tell. Talk with your dog’s veterinarian about their symptoms–your dog may need medication or supplements to help alleviate their carsickness. 

Some common, over-the-counter (OTC) treatments for carsickness in dogs include Benadryl, Bonine, and Dramamine. Nutritional supplements such as CBD and ginger are also popular among pet owners. Your vet may also prescribe a medication called Cerenia, which is a non-sedative treatment for motion sickness that helps prevent vomiting. 

Always consult your vet before giving your pet any medication or supplement. Keep in mind that treating motion sickness may not alleviate your dog’s travel anxiety completely. Most likely, they now associate the car with feeling sick.

2. Practice exercises that desensitize your dog to the car

You can do exercises with your pet to help desensitize and counter-condition them for travel. This may involve spending short periods of time in the car with your pet at home, before you try taking them away from home again.

Here’s one method of desensitizing your dog to the car: 

  • Spend time sitting in the car with your dog while it’s not running. Give your dog a reward when they behave in a calm or relaxed manner. 
  • Next, sit in the car while it’s running. Again, reward your dog for calm behavior.
  • After that, you can take your dog driving for short distances. Go someplace close to home, like the park, and take your pup for a walk (or another activity they enjoy).
  • Increase your travel distance over time. 

As you help desensitize your dog, have patience. Every dog is different, so the length of time will vary from one dog to the next. 

3. Help your dog feel more secure in the car

Some dogs feel less anxious about travel if they’re snug and secure in the car. There are several options for helping your dog feel more comfortable: 

  • Have them wear a ThunderShirt or other deep-pressure garment for anxiety
  • Buckle them in with a dog seat belt or travel harness
  • Place their crate in a safe place inside the car and have them travel in it

4. Medicate your dog for anxiety  

There are a number of anti-anxiety medications your vet may prescribe for your dog’s travel anxiety. Among these are Buspirone, Clomipramine, Dexmedetomidine, Ativan, Xanax, and Valium. Unless your dog experiences anxiety all the time, your vet will want to treat them for situational anxiety. 

Treating travel anxiety can help prevent escape attempts

When a dog is feeling stressed or anxious–especially away from home–they’re more likely to attempt an escape. It’s nerve-wracking for your dog to go missing on vacation, so you want to help them feel as comfortable as possible. 

Your dog’s anxiety can also cause you to feel anxious. One way to give yourself peace of mind is by protecting your dog with a Huan Smart Tag. Huan alerts your phone automatically when your dog is detected away from home or away from you–which is incredibly useful for those road trips when they’re feeling extra nervous.

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4 Ways to Recognize Lost Indoor Cat Behavior

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Indoor cats sometimes escape from home, just like dogs and other indoor pets. It’s devastating for a pet to run away, and a lost cat can be especially difficult to find. If your indoor cat has run away from home, you might not be familiar with lost indoor cat behavior.

A lost cat doesn’t necessarily behave the same way it does when it’s at home. Lost pets are often scared when they’re away from home. Fear causes them to behave in ways that seem out of character for them. 

Knowing how to recognize a lost cat’s behavior patterns is important, whether you have a cat of your own or want to watch out for your neighbors’ cats. And, realizing how your cat might respond to being away from home could actually help you to bring them home more quickly.

Many lost cats stay close to home

A 2017 study conducted in Australia revealed that cats who go missing tend to stay near their home. Indoor cats who left their homes only traveled an average of 54 yards from their homes–in other words, a 2.5-house radius. If your indoor cat escapes from home, it’s comforting to know that in many cases, they’re probably not too far away. 

Some lost cats hide quietly

One of the most frustrating things about lost indoor cat behavior is that even if your lost cat is near home, they may hide quietly. This makes it difficult to actually find your cat, no matter how close they are.  

Even if your cat is outgoing at home, being outdoors and in unfamiliar surroundings can be frightening for them. To protect itself, your cat will find a safe place to hide, refusing to come when you call.

A normally calm cat may act feral when lost and afraid

An indoor cat may behave like a feral cat when away from home and approached by unfamiliar people. Your cat may be nearby, but they may not act as they normally do. It’s possible that even if you find and approach your lost cat, he or she may hiss, scratch, or behave in an otherwise distressed manner. 

Friendly lost cats could be taken into another home

Sometimes, friendly cats who are lost might approach another home. If they’re not wearing a collar or tags, someone else could mistake them for a stray and take them in. Because lost cats stay so close to home, it’s important for you to notify as many people in your neighborhood as possible about your missing cat. 

What to do if your cat goes missing

If your cat is missing, don’t panic – your cat could simply be hiding at home. If you’ve looked in every possible place your cat could hide at home, the next step is searching your neighborhood.

  • Start looking for your cat immediately
  • Check around your house for possible escape routes
  • Let your neighbors know your cat is missing, and show them photos
  • Make flyers and post them around the neighborhood (don’t forget to include a photo of your cat and your contact information)
  • Offer a reward if you like (but don’t put the amount on the flyer)
  • Contact your local humane society with a description of your cat
  • Set up a humane trap and put food or an item from home inside

Wrapping up

If you’re a cat parent and want to add an extra layer of protection for your cat, adding a Huan Smart Tag to his or her collar is a great way to go. Huan tags emit a low-energy Bluetooth signal to you (and other app users in your area!) when your pet is detected away from home or away from you.

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