3 Things I Learned At BlogPaws

 This post is sponsored by Seresto® and the BlogPawsTM Pet Influencer NetworkTM. I was sponsored to the BlogPaws 2016 event for helping spread the word about Bayer Animal Health, but CommuniKait only shares information I feel is relevant to my readers. Bayer Animal Health and Seresto are not responsible for the content of this article. #BlogPaws

Where are my pet parents? Today’s post is for YOU!

It’s been about a month since I came home from the 2016 BlogPaws Conference in Phoenix and it’s safe to say – I learned a ton during my visit. Some of the speakers were fantastic and hosted workshops on how to improve SEO, photography and more. I got a ton of swag to share with the Hanson Labs, met amazing fellow bloggers and creatives and even got an award to take home! All in all, it was a fabulous time.

But I would be 100% remiss in not mentioning what I learned from the various vendors that attended that all had one focus — helping our pets live their best lives. Today I’m sharing my top 3 takeaways.

1. Seresto® is reinventing flea and tick protection. It isn’t like other flea collars. The innovative, Sustained Release Technology in each easy-to-apply, non-greasy collar provides 8 months of effective protection. It’s a convenient way to kill fleas and ticks, and to help you take care of your dog. 

Before the conference, I was under the impression that 1. The collar would be chock full of greasy ointment that would be messy and get all over my house and furniture. And 2. That my dogs wouldn’t really reap the benefits, because they’re constantly getting in and out of the water. Both of my thoughts are unfounded. Seresto® is water-resistant and remains effective following shampoo 
treatment, swimming or after exposure to rain or sunlight. Under normal conditions, effectiveness lasts for 8 months. In order to maintain an eight-month duration, dogs must not be bathed more than once per month. For dogs that swim once a month or more, the control duration is reduced to 5 months for flea control and reduced to 7 months for tick control.

seresto flea and tick
I also want to point out that that I talked to many people at the conference who thought Seresto was only for dogs — not so! Cats need protection from fleas & ticks, too, and Seresto has you covered. 
2. While at the conference, I was able to attend a luncheon hosted by Hill’s Pet that focused on their national disaster relief network. The Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love® Disaster Relief Network is focused on pet nutrition support and provides a faster communication between your shelter and us in the case of an emergency. Comprised of over 100 shelters nationwide, this network provides a way to expedite urgent pet nutrition orders. To find out how you can prepare for a natural disaster (and make sure your pooch is taken care of) — check out these tips

hill's emergency kit

3. July is PetSafe® Pet Hydration Month. Did you know your pet’s body is 80% water? They need at least one ounce per pound of body weight each day. I have to admit, it made me a little paranoid thinking about if Bill and Judy get enough water per day! I spend half my day sopping up their water bowl mess with a towel, so it got me thinking…how much water are they actually drinking? Because hot summer days can cause even the healthiest of pets to suffer from dehydration, heat stroke or sunburn if they are overexposed to heat, it is extremely important to take extra precautionary steps when caring for your furry friends this summer.

petsafe pet hydration

The amount of information was a little bit overwhelming, but I’m so glad I picked up pamphlets at each booth, because on my flight home, I was able to digest it all without distraction! I know I’ve said it before, but if you are able to attend a blogging conference — DO IT! Not only will you be surrounded by many like-minded individuals, you will learn so much!
blogpaws 2016 phoenix

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of BlogPaws Pet Influencer Network. The opinions and text are all mine.

July 27, 2016


  • Seresto is awesome (and not just because they use a chocolate Lab as their product cover model!)! We experienced a tick infestation nightmare a few years ago when TWO female ticks hatched eggs inside our house. We were trying every natural remedy I could find, and I had dusted the carpets with Diatomaceous earth, and yet I was still picking up to 30 ticks per day off each dog! I finally put on a Seresto collar on the dogs, bug-bombed the house once a week until we got it under control, and that's when I finally started getting results (mind you, this is after 4 months!). One of the great things about these collars is that you can simply take off the collar if your dog (or cat) is having a reaction whereas if you put those icky medicines on their skin, there's no way to remove it if they have a reaction! You have to wait it out! Scary! Thanks for posting about your experience, Kait! I would seriously love to go with you to one of these, if you ever want company!