Pets and Hot Cars

Unfortunately, people still don’t understand that leaving your pet in the car during hot weather is a bad idea. Dr. Ernie Ward shows us how bad it is inside the car.

 

Where to go if you need help?

Having pets can be expensive and while it is definitely worth it (in my humble opinion) having a few resources to turn to is nice. I have personally used care credit to get two more quality years of life with my best furry friend.

Please share this all over the place! 🙂

Bird Seed Ornaments Video

Check out my new video!

 

Rescued Barred Owls

Did you know that not only does the Humane Society care for the plight of domestic animals, but it also has a wildlife division, Humane Wildlife Services? Together with the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia, they rescued a nesting pair of barred owls. Currently the Humane Wildlife Services only services the DC and northern Virginia area, but what a great service created by the HSUS.

 

The pets affected by hurricane Sandy need your help!

 

Hurricane Sandy has left a swath of devastation in its wake. People and their pets are in need of any and all help we can provide for them. Here are donation links for the Humane Society of the United States and the ASPCA.

The lives of both people and animals have been turned upside down. In the chaos, people find comfort in the normalcy of their pets and vice versa. For other pets, they may be separated from their owners or their owners may be dead. These pets are frightened, cold, and hungry and the world around them is filled with chaos. Please help if you can.
If you have links for other disaster relief organizations for pets, please list them in the comments.

Tropical Storm Isaac: Are You Prepared?

 

Disaster can strike at any time. Are you prepared to deal with it? Here are some tips on how to keep your pets as safe as possible during a weather event like tropical storms, hurricanes, or tornadoes.

At the first sign of stormfall, even if it’s just a drizzle, bring your pet inside. They can get disoriented easily and lose their way before you even know it.

Do NOT leave your pets behind if you have to evacuate. Plan ahead of time for a place to take your pets (pet friendly hotel outside the affected area, relatives, kennels outside the affected area, etc.) because, unfortunately, not all Red Cross disaster shelters allow pets.

If you’re not evacuating, make sure to put stickers on your windows so rescuers know there are pets in the home.

Have an emergency kit already made up with things like:

Pet food: 3-7 days’ worth

Food/water dishes

Vinyl gloves

Poop bags

Medical records

Pet medications: 2 weeks’ worth

Bottled water: 3-7 days’ worth

Recent photos of your pet in case you’re separated

Flashlight

Extra leash

Travel crate/carrier, one per pet

Blankets

Small toy for comfort

Disposable litter boxes

Litter

Paper towels

First Aid kit:

Scissors

Tweezers

Various size gauze pads and surgical tape

Antiseptic wipes

Antibiotic ointment

Conforming gauze roll bandage

Hydrogen peroxide

Eye pad

Triangular bandage

Pet survival guide or pet first aid booklet

Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with tags that have all of your current info on them. Even cats should wear a cat collar with tags during times of emergency like this.

Choose an alternate caregiver in case something happens to you and you are unable to care for your pet.

Think ahead and plan a few routes of evacuation and call ahead to make arrangements to board your pet or get a pet friendly hotel room.

Birds, reptiles, and small mammals have special needs in addition to those listed above.

Birds:

Keep them in a travel cage or carrier. If the carrier doesn’t have a perch, line it with paper towels so you can easily clean it frequently

Blanket for putting over the cage in cold weather and/or to reduce stress

Keep legs bands on for identification

Reptiles:

Travel cage/carrier

Solid bowl for pet to soak in

Heating pad/hot water bottle

Small mammals:

Carrier with bedding materials, food, and food bowls

A week’s worth of bedding

Salt lick

Extra water bottle

Hide box or tube

Make sure you also have everything packed for yourself, as well. Some kind of suitcase or crate on wheels might be helpful to put everything in.

With a little bit of planning, you and your pet can make it safely through a disaster together.

Be safe and enjoy life’s journey.

Bird Seed Ornaments: Fun for the Whole Family!

You may be wondering to yourself, ‘Self, what do bird seed ornaments have to do with my pets?’ Well, I’ll tell you! Most cats and dogs have a favorite window that they’ll do practically anything to get to. They love looking outside and seeing what’s going on in the world. I’m sure you’ve heard of putting bird feeders by windows for cats so they can watch the birds and this is the same basic idea. It’s not just cats that enjoy watching, though. Dogs love it, too! (On a side note, some animals get too stressed out with the windows open for them to look outside. Some cats don’t like seeing other cats in the area and some dogs get too hyped from seeing squirrels, people, or even cars.)

1 pkg. unflavored gelatin (it does exist, I had to look really hard)
1/2 cup hot water
3/4 cup flour
3 tblsp corn syrup
4 cups bird seed
Muffin tins or molds (aluminum tins are nice)
Straws cut in half
Chopsticks
-Heat water and dissolve gelatin. Add corn syrup and stir until dissolved.
-Combine flour and bird seed in a large mixing bowl. Pour water mixture into seed mixture and stir well. Should start to get clumpy. (Keep a wet dishcloth nearby as you WILL have to use your hands and it WILL get sticky)
-Fill molds/tins with mixture, poke holes in centers with chopsticks, and place straw in hole.
-Allow to set in fridge at minimum overnight.
-Pop out of tin, thread yarn (use yarn, not string to avoid damaging trees) through hole and hang on tree.
-Makes about 2 muffin tins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more ideas on how to enrich the lives of your pets, check out this article by Dr. Marty Becker about making things more lively for your indoor cats!

Until next time, enjoy the (wintry) journey with your furry/feathery/scaly friends! 😀