Bringing your dog to work, works.

Periodic Newsletter from The IAMS Company:
From: “”Iams Dog”
To: hart (at)
Subject: Bringing your dog to work, works.

MAIN STORY – The Benefits Of Bringing Your Dog To Work

More and more companies in the United States are allowing employees to bring their dogs to work—and with good reason. Studies show that dogs create a less stressful, more productive work environment. Most dog-friendly companies are relatively small, with 50 employees or less, and are involved in less formal industries such as high-tech or creative. However, with companies such as Iams leading the way for this emerging trend, an increasing number of companies have also jumped onboard the corporate canine craze. Plus the additional human interaction your senior dog receives as a result of being around the workplace can be largely beneficial for him too—particularly senior dogs.

If you would like to convince your employer to adopt a more friendly policy towards workplace dogs, here are just a few helpful discussion points:

* Dogs in the workplace increase staff morale and productivity.

* Dogs also tend to increase camaraderie among employees.

* Dogs make employees happier, resulting in enhanced job performance.

* Dogs can also serve as an effective criminal deterrent

Of course, for a dog-friendly workplace to work, a few rules have to be put into place. Your city may have ordinances against dogs in the workplace— it’s a good idea to check first. Then establish rules for your office. You might decide that dogs should be allowed to come to work only on certain days, and only certain areas of the facility should be open to them (you don’t want your dog gobbling all the bagels in the break room). Each dog should have his own space with a pad, toys and bowls for food and water. And it’s critical for every dog to be taken outside periodically over the course of the day to avoid accidents. Following these simple rules will pay big dividends for you, your dog and your coworkers.

THE DISH – New IAMS® Slow Cooked Canned Recipes. Now you’re cooking

Now you can give your dog the equivalent of a home cooked meal every night with new IAMS® Slow Cooked Canned Recipes. Available for every life stage, from puppy to mature, these newest of our premium foods come in irresistible flavors and offer textures your dog will love—including ground and chunk varieties. Featuring real broth and a special slow-cooking method, IAMS® Slow Cooked Canned Recipes are a paws-down favorite with dogs of all shapes and sizes.

HEALTH WATCH – Some safety tips to help you avoid the summertime blues

With summertime comes more opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. And with that comes additional hazards you should lookout for when you and your senior dog are having some fun in the sun. First and foremost, never leave your dog in a parked car. Even with the windows down, a dog’s temperature can become dangerously high, which can cause heatstroke. If you see a dog inside a parked car this summer, you should alert the management of the store.

Always provide plenty of water and shade for your senior dog during the summer and take exercise breaks frequently. Also, even though pets should continue to exercise when it’s hot, pay special attention to the needs of older and short-nosed dogs. On very hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours when it is cooler. Keep in mind that asphalt gets extremely hot and can harm your dog’s sensitive foot pads.

Another summertime threat is fleas. They just seem to multiply during the summer. Be sure to spray your yard and ask your veterinarian about the latest flea treatments available for your dog. Lastly, don’t take your senior canine friend to July 4th festivities or other firework displays. The same lights and loud kabooms that you find thrilling can be terrifying for your dog. Follow these simple steps and you and your four-legged friend can enjoy a happy, healthy summer of fun together.

HEADLINES FOR CANINES – How to avoid bumps in the road when traveling with your dog

Bringing your senior dog along for a road trip can be an enjoyable activity when you know your dog’s disposition and prepare right. Many canines find road trips to be an absolute joyride but before you put your four-legged explorer in the back of the SUV, you may want to follow some of these common sense tips.

* Bring some potable water, a bowl and some packaged food. Be sure to make frequent rest stops so your dog can relieve himself as well as drink some fresh water.

* Make sure to secure him in a carrier (available at most pet stores) so he will be shielded from any sudden stops or changes in direction. You may want to get him acclimated to the carrier in advance by encouraging him to spend some time in it. If he’s reluctant, don’t force him—try putting a treat in there to encourage him.

* Never leave a dog unattended in a car. In the summer, the sun can turn your car into a suffocating furnace often reaching temperatures of 120 degrees Fahrenheit within minutes.

Follow these steps and you and your adventure-seeking friend can enjoy a happy, healthy journey together.

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