Caring for Pets in Extreme Weather Conditions

Caring for Pets in Extreme Weather Conditions. Angels' Eyes is here for you and your pet!

With Hurricane Season in full swing and the cold, blizzard-filled Winter just around the corner, it’s important to know how to best care for your pets in these extreme weather situations. Here are a few tips to ensure your pet stays safe and healthy in any weather event.

Hurricanes

Hurricanes can bring strong, damaging winds and flood-producing rain. Caring for your pets starts by having a strong emergency plan. Stock up on food, water, and medication to last at least three weeks. Check with your vet about enrolling your pet in a recovery database, as well as getting your pet microchipped. Get an updated record of the health and vaccinations of your pet, and make sure your pet is up to date on all shots. Even if your pet is microchipped, they should wear a collar with a rabies vaccination tag and an ID tag that includes your cell phone number.

If evacuation is required, be sure where you are staying will welcome your furry friend. Many shelters do not allow pets, so make sure to look for one that is pet-friendly.

Winter

You may be ready for winter, but is your pup? Winter storms can take a toll on both pet and owner. With cold winds, slippery sleet, and snow to shovel, the winter can be anything but fun for a human. As for pets, the winter can be tolerable (They have that warm fur coat after all) but there are a few precautions you should take to ensure they are safe and comfortable through the colder months.

Gear

Just as you need to pull on your gloves, boots, hat, and coat, pets could use a little extra warmth as well when going outside. If your pup has short hair, a sweater can be helpful on the coldest days to help keep him warm. Little boots can be purchased for dogs to keep their feet warm and off the damaging ice during walks. Boots can also help minimize the amount of salt and other snow melting chemicals get on your pet’s feet. Snow-melting salt and antifreeze can hurt your pup’s sensitive feet and can be toxic if ingested. Make sure you rinse your dog’s feet after a winter walk. Stock up on food and medicine as well as fun activities for your pets as it will be difficult, if not impossible to venture out during a snow storm.

In some states, it may even be illegal to improperly care for your pet in extreme weather. State legislators in Pennsylvania recently passed a law that would make it illegal to leave dogs tied up for longer than 30 minutes if it is colder than 32 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer than 90 degrees.

Of course, you would never purposely mistreat your beloved furry friend. Follow these tips, and your pet will be happy and safe in any weather.

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Traveling with Your Pet During the Holidays

Pets can make great travel buddies if their needs are properly met. Here are a few Pet Care tips from Angels’ Eyes on how to take your pet while traveling.

Hitting the road for the Holidays? Don’t leave your puppy behind. Dogs can make great travel buddies if their needs are properly met. Of course, you will need to make the trip as safe and comfortable as possible for both you and your fluffy passenger. Here are a few Pet Care tips from Angels’ Eyes on how to take your pup while traveling.

Before the Trip

First, make sure your destination and hotel are pet-friendly. Call ahead to confirm pet policies and ensure you and your dog will be welcome as well as comfortable. Pack food and water bowls, doggie beds and toys. Double check that you’ve packed all of your dog’s supplies, especially essential items such as food, medications, and leashes. It’s also wise to bring along your dog’s vaccination records just in case.

It’s always a good idea to take your dog to the vet prior to your trip to ensure they’re in good health and fit to travel. Research local veterinarians in your destination city ahead of your trip so that contact information and directions will be easily accessible in the event of an emergency.

Driving

Driving may be the most convenient and cost friendly way to travel with your pet. Purchase a car seat or harness for your dog from your local pet store to ensure your pet’s safety as well as your own for the duration of the journey. It is important that your pet stays in their own seat, so they don’t interfere with your driving.

If you’ve never taken your dog on a long road trip, be sure to take him or her for a test drive of at least an hour to see how they react. If they become too anxious or show signs of stress you and your dog are likely better off with your pet staying home.

Plan ahead to anticipate breaks for your pet every few hours. Factor those stops into your route and leave yourself a little bit of extra time. Never feed your dog right before a road trip. Instead, feed them a few hours prior so they’ve had time to let it settle.

Flying

Not all carriers allow pets, but if you search around you can find a few that do. Buy your tickets and register your dog with your airline early, as many carriers have a maximum number of pets that can travel aboard any one flight. Also, make sure to check on crate or carrier dimensions and have as much identifying information as possible on both carrier and collar—including your home and destination addresses.

Take your dog for a relaxing walk before arriving at the terminal. Leave ample time for your travels so that you’re not stressed out—That feeling can easily transfer to your furry travel buddy. Don’t overdo it with snacks before the flight, as dogs can be prone to upset stomachs if they’re not used to flying. Avoid giving your dog medication to calm down, especially if they’re flying in cargo.

Now that you know how to take care of your pet on the road, you’ll have a happy companion throughout your holiday travels. For more Pet Care Tips, read more in the Angels’ Eyes blog. And to ensure that your furry friend looks their best, check out our award-winning products!

The Effects Plants May Have On Dogs

Ever caught your dog acting strange? Perhaps in the presence of plants? Knowing the effects of plants on your pup is an important part of caring for your dog. While some plants may be poisonous, even the harmless ones can cause your dog to react. Some dogs go into a slow-moving meditation-like state when they come in contact with any plant. This slow-motion movement is known as “trancing”—sometimes called ghost-walking—and remains an unexplainable behavior in dogs. Read on to learn more! Have you ever caught your dog acting strange? Perhaps in the presence of plants? Knowing the effects of plants on your pup is an important part of caring for your dog. While some plants may be poisonous, even the harmless ones can cause your dog to react.

Some dogs go into a slow-moving meditation-like state when they come in contact with any plant. This slow-motion movement is known as “trancing”—sometimes called ghost-walking—and remains an unexplainable behavior in dogs.

This response to plants is most common in bull terriers and greyhounds. But it has also been reported with Salukis, Basset Hounds, Whippet, Jack Russell, Labrador, Irish Setter, Cane Corso, Cavalier, Australian Cattle Dog, and Puggle.

Experts are not completely sure why this behavior occurs, but it’s not believed to harmful. Some experts think this psychedelic state just feels good for the dogs. It may also just be the relaxing effects of plants. Dog owners report seeing glazed-over eyes, but once the dog snaps out of this state, it resumes normal activity as if nothing has happened.

Sometimes the reaction seems to start when a plant or other hanging objects like a curtain or tablecloth lightly grazes the dog’s back. This causes the dog to move in a slow-motion creep as if they were in a trance. Just search “dog trancing” on YouTube and you’ll get plenty of examples.

When owners first witness trancing, they may think the dog is having a medical problem.  While the behavior remains mostly unexplained, dog owners should not be alarmed by trancing. It has not been found to be connected with any neurological or psychological issues.

Some dogs can go into such deep trances that they do not respond to calls and whistles from their owners. Some may even become agitated when you try to break them out of the trance. It’s not the scent that appears to trigger dog trancing, as various dogs choose different types of bushes, and some prefer hanging clothes. Some even prefer odder things, but most have in common something that hangs down and lightly touches them.

The good news is, tracing usually only lasts a few minutes. If your dog experiences trancing, just think of it as another quirk in your pup’s behavior. It is smart to keep plants away from dogs in general, in case they are poisonous. If you need more information on caring for your dog, visit the Angels’ Eyes Blog.

Splash Away the Summer with These Water Safety Tips for Dogs!

The sun is shining, and the weather is nice. Time for you and your favorite pooch to get out and play. Most dogs love swimming and playing in water, but if you’re not careful, it can create a dangerous situation for your pet. Follow these guidelines to help keep your pup safe in the water.

General Water Safety

Seawater, minerals, salt, chlorine, algae, and pollution can be harsh on puppy’s skin and fur. Be sure to dry your dog’s ears completely to prevent an infection. Try an ear cleaner that has a drying agent in it like the Coastal Breeze Ear Rinse from Angel’s Eyes.

Teach Your Dog to Swim

Take your pup from puddle to pool. If your dog loves splashing around, he will probably love going for a dip in a larger body of water. But not all dogs are natural born swimmers. Build your pooch’s swimming skills by gradually teaching him the basics. Start off in shallow water, in a quiet spot with minimal distractions. Keep your dog’s leash on at first for extra security. You may have to get in the water with him to make him feel more comfortable.

If he doesn’t want to go in, don’t force him. The water isn’t for all dogs. With a few more trips, your dog may get used to the water.

Fun at The Beach

Puppies love sun, surf, and sand as much as humans too. While not all beaches allow dogs, the ones that do can be a great place to get some outdoor time with your dog. Unfortunately, the beach also comes with its own set of hazards. Watch out for strong currents and rip tides which can be very dangerous for both you and your dog.

Ocean water and debris can make your dog sick. You should keep your dog away from fish that have washed up to shore, they can make a dog very ill. It’s best to pack snacks and fresh water for your dog to enjoy while you’re out.

Playing in the Pool

Does your dog like to dive into your backyard pool? While a splash in the pool can be great exercise for your dog, you will want to keep a close eye on him to make sure he does so safely.

First, you should put a fence around your pool to keep your dog out when it isn’t time to swim. If you use a cover on your pool, make sure the material lets rainwater drip through. Dogs can drown in the puddles that form on top of pool covers.

Make sure there are steps or a ramp to help your dog get in and out. Take time to show your dog where and how to safely enter and exit the pool.

Rivers, Lakes, and Ponds

Rivers and creeks have currents too, make sure they are not too strong before letting your dog in. If you’re going out on a boat, make sure your dog wears a life jacket. Also, avoid water if you see blue-green algae. It can make your dog sick.

With these tips, you are all set to enjoy a safe and fun-filled summer with your pooch. Visit www.angelseyesonline.com for more tips and advice about caring for your dog.

Did You Know? Healthy People Food – It’s Not Just for Humans!

One look into those “soulful angels eyes” and you’re ready to hand over your entire dinner! At Angels’ Eyes, we get it! Our sweet furry bundles of love have a way of “coaxing” us to giving them a bit of “people food” and some like it so much, it “begs the question” – is it okay to give our pets human food?

Absolutely! There are plenty of people foods you can share with your dog as part of routine pet care, and one of the best is peanut-butter. Put a “dollop on your finger” and watch the “lick fest” begin OR lightly smear it inside a “kong-like” toy for loads of fun. Packed with protein, healthy fats, niacin, vitamin B and vitamin E, just make sure you buy an unsalted variety AND it does not contain Xylitol. This sugar substitute has recently popped up in some “diet” types of peanut butter and can be fatal to animals. Peanut butter that you grind at the grocery store from fresh unsalted peanuts is an excellent choice.

One look into those soulful angels eyes & you’re ready to hand over your entire dinner! At Angels' Eyes, we get it! Our sweet furry bundles of love have a way of coaxing us to give them a bit of people food & some like it so much, it begs the question – is it okay to give our pets human food? Absolutely! There are plenty of people foods you can share with your dog as part of routine pet care. Read on...

Carrots are a guilt-free snack that is high in fiber and vitamin A! Give your sweetie a whole carrot for a “bone-a-licous” chew that’s great for your canine’s “canines” or baby carrots if your pampered pal prefers smaller bites. If your little friend could stand to “lose a few” (most of us have been there) green beans are high in fiber, low in calories and a healthy treat alternative that satisfies but won’t add weight. Apples are a healthy and tasty treat full of phytonutrients, vitamin A, and vitamin C!

Looking for an entrée worthy food? Chicken is a “people food” (when lightly baked, broiled or boiled “au natural”) that is an ideal protein source. Throw away any cooked bones as they splinter easily and can be very dangerous. If your pup is not “prone to tooting” (lactose intolerant), cottage cheese is easy to digest and high in protein. The incredible edible egg, when served hard or soft boiled, is also a protein-packed powerhouse; and unseasoned cooked salmon is a great source of omega 3 fatty acids for soft & shiny coats.

Does your fuzzy buddy have a rumbly tummy? Unsweetened and unflavored yogurt is full of protein, calcium and digestive cultures and can do “wonders” to improve your pup’s digestive health. Canned pumpkin (not the pie filling) or fresh, cooked pumpkin with no-added sugars or spices is also a great sensitive stomach soother and has been known to “firm up” less than ideal output! Sweet potatoes have a similar effect and are easily digestible when steamed or baked without any seasoning. Oatmeal is a great meal additive if your buddy seems “backed up,” as it is not only packed with vitamins & minerals but also an excellent source of dietary fiber. If your dog is really not feeling well, Web MD says boiled chicken mixed with a small amount of cooked white rice may help, but it’s always best to consult your vet.

Frozen blueberries on a hot SUMMER day are not only refreshing, they are high in anti-oxidants too. At Angels' Eyes, we recommend you share some with your best friend. Blueberries are good for both of you!

Other “healthy human” foods that you can feed to dogs & cats include turkey, spinach, broccoli, cantaloupe, and bananas. Frozen blueberries on a hot SUMMER day are not only refreshing, they are high in anti-oxidants too. At Angels’ Eyes, we recommend you share some with your best friend. Blueberries are good for both of you!

Well there you have it, the healthiest people food for canine citizens and some for your feline friends. At Angels’ Eyes, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention human food that could hurt your pet. You may have heard of at least a few. Chocolate, grapes, raisins, overripe bleu cheese and xylitol (an artificial sweetener) should be avoided at all costs as they are known to be toxic to pets. Avocados and raw potatoes can cause vomiting and diarrhea, corn-on-the-cob & pitted fruits could pose choking hazards or cause an intestinal obstruction. Garlic or onions, ingested in large amounts, have been linked to anemia in pets. Beer, wine, and mixed drinks should be kept out of “lapping distance” of your curious cuties because they don’t have the liver capacity to process alcohol. Besides, they would much prefer a nice bowl of cold water!

Routine, Reward, Repeat – Getting Your Puppy “to go” in the Right Spot!

Your new fuzzy “bundle of joy” is, no doubt, showering you with kisses, licks and cuddles, and probably some “puddles” or “presents” to clean-up. It comes with the territory until your “new baby” is at least 12 to 16 weeks old. That’s when he (or she) has enough control to learn how “to hold it” and ask you to go outside. Congratulations on your new puppy, we know you are over-joyed and probably asking a lot of questions including “how do I “potty-train” my pet?” At Angels Eyes, we believe the first step is remembering routine and reward are key! It usually takes about 4 to 6 months, and sometimes up to a year, for house-training to work; but given all the joy these sweet little furballs bring to us, it’s certainly worth every moment!

Your new fuzzy bundle of joy is, no doubt, showering you with kisses, licks and cuddles & probably some puddles or presents to clean-up. It comes with the territory until your new baby is at least 12 to 16 weeks old. That’s when he (or she) has enough control to learn how to hold it and ask you to go outside.

To increase your odds for success, prevent your puppy from “grazing” throughout the day by putting food bowls out of reach between meals (If we had a never-ending buffet, we’d probably do the same!). When you first get started, try to take your pet out first thing in the morning, and once every half hour or hour after that until he does “his business.” Reward him for a job well done; either with praise, a treat or a nice walk. If you see your puppy getting ready “to go’ in the house, take him outside by calling him or leading him gently by the collar. When he is finished, offer praise or a treat. Routine, reward, repeat. We know it sounds like directions on a shampoo bottle, but it’s the “secret” to success.

Once your pup marks a location, take him back to the same spot each time you go out, as his scent will prompt him ‘to go” as well as “drop off his calling card” to show other dogs that this is his territory. Take your little buddy outside after meals, before you go to bed at night and anytime you have plans to leave the house for a while. If your pup barks, whimpers, or circles to get your attention, hooray! These are all great indications that he’s “getting the hang” of house training. Hold on to the success because accidents will happen. When they do, use a pet-friendly cleaner with enzymes to destroy scents that would prompt your pup to use the same spot indoors over and over again. The stuff really works.

If you live in a hi-rise or are unable to take your pet “out” for some other reason, “pet pee-pee pads” may be the way “to go.” Simply place the pads in an out-of-the-way area inside your home or on a secure patio or porch and place your pup on them when its bathroom time. Routine, reward and repeat and you’ll have a potty-trained pup in no time.

If your puppy gets stained (it does happen) a gentle bath does wonders to bring back kiss and cuddle time. At Angels Eyes, we offer grooming products to keep your puppy “fresh as a daisy” while he masters the art of house-training. Once again, congratulations on your new puppy! No one will ever love you quite like a dog and as you both work together to refine his “bathroom habits” you will be strengthening a bond that will last a lifetime! Don’t you just love puppies?