We have just added a new cartoon video on our YouTube channel! Our latest video discusses Pet Travel to and from Hawaii. The video explains why travel to Hawaii is the most difficult pet relocation in the United States and will teach you about what is needed to get your pets to Hawaii.
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With the winter weather already here in many parts of the country, we wanted to share some tips on how to keep your cats and dogs inside as much as possible. Pets are just as susceptible to the wintery elements as humans, including succumbing to frostbite. If they are strictly outdoor pets, be sure to give them extra blankets, towels, even an old heating pad or heated blanket to cozy up to on those long, winter nights. Also, make sure they have a small house or cubby that they can escape into from the elements.
Second, dogs’ feet can be very dry and tender, just like ours, due to the cold, dry weather. Do not use human lotions as they can soften paws too much and lead to other health and skin problems. Instead, keep a batch of coconut oil, or oatmeal butter, specially designed for doggy paws on hand to help re-hydrate their pads.
Third, booties and sweaters may be funny and complicated to put on your pet, but they really do help! Certain breeds with shorter, more thinly layered, fur can benefit from wearing a sweater, coat, or even rain coat in certain weather. While your dog may initially reject wearing any “protective” clothing, with time and training, most dogs come to realize the joy, comfort, and warmth these cute outfits provide.
Fourth, and possibly one of the most important, is to be aware of those outside pets that might curl up under a car hood for warmth! Cats are particularly drawn to the warmth of the car engines and will often curl up under the hood, or just on top of a tire. If you suspect you might have an animal trying to keep warm, check around your car and maybe even bang on your car hood to scare them out before starting your car. Along the same lines, when putting antifreeze in your car to help prevent freezing, keep an eye out for leaks and spills. Cats and dogs both are attracted to the sweet taste of the antifreeze, however, and it can be fatal to animals! Use caution when winterizing your vehicles!
Lastly, if you have a fireplace, while it may feel nice and toasty and pretty to you, it can be dangerous for pets. Be sure to keep their bedding far enough away that no stray embers from the wood can jump out and catch the bedding on fire. Keep a grate or guard in front of the fire to protect pets, and little ones, from excessive heat. Do not allow pets to sit too closely as they can overheat quickly as well.
Remember – our pets skin, fur, and feet are just as delicate as our own! Keep warm, friends!