Portable Pet Play Pen

Traveling with your pets over the holidays and need a pet-safe area to let them play?  The Oxgord Portable Pop-Up Pet Play Pen (say that 5 times fast after a bit of holiday cheer!) might be your answer.

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Your pets can run around and have fun in a safe and contained environment, while you can keep an eye on them through the mesh screens on the sides and top of the playpen.  The fabric pet play pen features a removable bottom and pad, removable mesh top, eight mesh windows, two zippered side doors, and storage compartments for pet toys and supplies. The waterproof material makes cleaning up after your pet easy.

The Oxgord Portable Play Pen is easy to set up and take down, and you can take it on all your trips in the included travel tote.  The play pen is 45″ in diameter and 24″ high and comes in four colors.  Available at HappyTailsPetShop, PetShopUSAOverstock.com, Jet.com, and Amazon for $30-$39.

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PetravelR™ thinks a portable play pen might come in handy if you and your pet get stuck in an airport with a delayed or cancelled flight.  Just pop it open and give your dog or cat some time outside of that cramped carrier while you camp out in the terminal.

Are Your Decorations Pet-Safe?

Holiday decorations can be beautiful, but be sure to keep your pet safe with these important tips from the ASPCA, American Humane Association, and American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) -

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  • Anchor your Christmas tree securely so that climbing cats and wagging tails don’t knock it over, possibly injuring your pets. Consider tying your tree to the ceiling or a doorframe with using fishing line.
  • Prevent your pets from drinking the tree water.  Fertilizers and preservative chemicals in the water can be poisonous to pets.  Stagnant water is also a breeding ground for bacteria that can cause vomiting and diarrhea if ingested.
  • Clean up tree needles frequently. They can be toxic if eaten by your pet.
  • Don’t use tinsel, ribbons and garland anywhere that pets can access. Cats are particularly attracted to tinsel and may chew on it. If swallowed, tinsel can  become lodged in their digestive tract, causing severe vomiting and dehydration, as well as intestinal obstructions requiring emergency surgery.
  • Hang breakable glass and hard plastic ornaments well out of reach. The small glass and metal fastenings can be stepped on or even swallowed by your pet. Shards of breakable ornaments can damage your pet’s mouth and digestive tract.
  • Keep lights, wires, extension cords, and batteries safely secured or covered to deter chewing. A wire can deliver a potentially lethal electrical shock, and a punctured battery can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus. Invest in pet-proof extension cords or spray with products such as Bitter Apple or Chew Stop.
  • Flowers and festive plants can result in an emergency veterinary visit. Mistletoe, holly, lilies, amaryllis, ivy, hibiscus, balsam, pine, and cedar and are among the common holiday plants that can be dangerous and even poisonous to pets who decide to eat them. Mistletoe, especially the berries, is highly toxic, can cause stomach upset, and has the potential to cause fatal heart problems; holly, when ingested, can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea; many varieties of lilies can lead to kidney failure in cats if ingested; amaryllis can cause vomiting and diarrhea; certain types of ivy, such as English ivy, can also cause severe harm to pets; hibiscus can cause diarrhea. (Poinsettias, although not as toxic as people often think, can still upset your pet’s digestive system.)
  • Don’t leave lighted candles unattended (This is a good safety tip, even if you don’t have pets!).  The flames and fragrance may be enticing to pets, who may burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock candles over.  The fumes from some candles can also be harmful to birds.
  • Potpourris and sachets can be very dangerous and should be kept out of reach of inquisitive pets. Exposure to the essential oils and cationic detergents in liquid potpourris can severely damage your pet’s mouth, eyes and skin and may cause illness or death. Solid potpourris can be toxic if ingested.


PetravelR™ wishes you and your pets a safe and joyous holiday season!

Photos courtesy of the ASPCA and AVMA.

Central Nebraska Humane Society on Adopt a Friend!

This week the Central Nebraska Humane Society is featured on PetravelR’s™ Adopt a Friend!

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Established in 1967 by volunteers dedicated to the welfare of animals in the community, the Central Nebraska Humane Society (CNHS) maintains a leading role in the sheltering of lost and homeless animals, in educating on the humane care and treatment of animals, by advocating for animal welfare, and working to further the bond between people and animals.

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Still looking for the perfect Christmas gift for the animal lover in your life?  Make a tribute gift to CNHS online to honor that special person!

Visit Adopt a Friend to learn more about how you can help the homeless pets at the Central Nebraska Humane Society by adopting, volunteering, or making a tax-deductible donation.

Concert to Benefit Sweetpea For Animals!

The Unity Center of Central Massachusetts is having a Holiday Concert on Sunday December 20, 2015 to benefit Sweetpea Friends of Rutland Animals. The concert will be held from 1:00 to 6:00 pm at The Ranch & Saloon and will feature many of the Unity Center’s talented musicians.


One of Sweetpea’s bulidings burned down on Sunday November 22, 2015 tragically taking with it the lives of many of their precious animals. UCCM wants to support Sweetpea in its recovery and rebuilding journey.  There will be a table of crafts for sale, another table of baked goods as well as some raffle baskets. The Concert is open to everyone and is being offered on a Donation basis. All proceeds will be given to Sweetpea.


Sweetpea FOR Animals is a nonprofit, no-kill animal rescue organization. Sweetpea takes in animals who are on “death row” at other shelters, or whose owners can’t keep them but don’t want to surrender them to a kill shelter. They rely on donations, plus any revenue raised from boarding dogs and cats at their kennels, to run the rescue.  Unfortunately, expenses from the November fire have exhausted most of Sweetpea’s operating budget and they will need to raise significant funds to rebuild their facilities.

PetravelR™ hopes that everyone in the Paxton, MA area will support this event!

Special Pet Harness for In-Cabin Travel

Because many people will be flying with their pets this holiday season, PetravelR™ wants to remind* you about the TSA Fast Pass® leash & harness set developed specifically for pets traveling in the airplane passenger cabin.

TSA Fast Pass Header The step-in design makes it easy to put the harness on your cat or dog and to remove it. The TSA Fast Pass® is metal-free, making airport security inspections quick, easy, and hassle free. Just remove your pet from the carrier and send the carrier through the X-ray machine, while you carry your cat or lead your dog in his/her harness and leash through the metal detectors. The manufacturer guarantees that it will NOT set off any alarms.

The TSA Fast Pass® comes in four sizes (S, M, L, XL) and is available online for $19.99 at DryFur, PetTravelStore, and Kats ‘N Us.

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* This post originally ran on November 18, 2014.

Utah Humane Society Adoptables!

This week PetravelR’s™ Adopt a Friend is featuring the Utah Humane Society – so let’s meet some their adoptable pets.  Maybe one of them could come home with you in time for the holidays!




I’m Jed, a male 1-year 4-month-0ld Australian cattle dog mix!  I’m an energetic, affectionate, hyper boy! I’m a very young, highly active breed. I will require a daily minimum of 2+ hours of exercise to keep me happy and healthy. While I enjoy kids, I tend to have too much energy and may accidently knock them over. Please no kids under 13.




Hi, I’m Baby!  I’m a 4-year-old female domestic shorthair and I’m the Faithful Feline!  I’ll be your shadow and your very best friend. I’ll frolic at your feet & we can take naps in the sunshine. As your resident Velcro cat, I’m happiest just being by your side.






My name is Rascal! I’m a ruby-eyed female white rabbit. I’m two years old and quite adorable! And I’m not as huge as I appear in this silly photo, either!  I am looking for a good indoor home where I will receive lots of attention and love.





Hello, I’m Dax, a 4-year-0ld male German shorthaired pointer mix! I’m an energetic, happy, curious boy! I love to go for runs, hikes, and play fetch! I love exploring so much, sometimes I will get out and take myself for a walk! I will need a fence at least 6′ high or higher, and supervision when outside. Please research my breed.





Hi, my name is Edowin! I’m a 9-year-0ld female short-haired guinea pig. I’m a cute little girl!  My fur is a beautiful golden color.  Can you give me a good home?






Hello! I’m Bomber, an 8-year-old male domestic shorthair. The saying goes “those who have a cat have no need for sculpture.” I’m a confident cat who wants to be the ruler of your kingdom. I love to be loved, but on my terms. As a “Holier Than Meow”, my favorite past time is simply being visually admired. I am 7 years old.


PetravelR™ urges you to support your local shelters and rescues by adopting, volunteering, and donating. And remember that spaying and neutering helps reduce overpopulation and makes your pets better family member!

Motel 6 is Pet Friendly!

Need budget-minded lodging that is pet friendly during your holiday travels?  Motel 6 might be just what you’re looking for.

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The Motel 6 chain permits all well-behaved pets, “unless they pose a health or safety risk or are prohibited by law.” (Some state and local municipalities forbid any pets other than service animals, so check ahead for restrictions.)

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There is a limit of two (2) pets per room. Pets stay for free with no additional daily charge or cleaning fee at Motel 6 properties (with the exception of Studio 6 extended-stay locations that have a $10.00 per day pet fee to a maximum of $50.00 per stay).

To ensure a great trip with your furry friend, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Animals that assist the disabled, known as “Service Animals,” are always welcome. Like pets, however, any Service Animal that poses a health or safety risk may not remain onsite.
  • All pets and Service Animals must be declared at check-in. This is very important because it provides the staff with key information about the occupants of each room.
  • Please be considerate of other guests when walking pets on the property and clean up after your pet.
  • In consideration of all guests, pets must be on a leash and attended to when outside a guestroom.
  • Pets should not be left alone in a room or automobile.
  • Due to safety concerns for employees and your pet, Motel 6 will not service a room with an unattended pet. All rooms at Motel 6 should be serviced every day to maintain health and cleanliness standards. With extended stays at Studio 6, rooms should be serviced twice per week. If unavoidable circumstances require a pet to remain unattended in a room while the owner is offsite, the pet must either be secured in a crate or travel carrier or you must notify the front desk that your pet is roaming freely in the room and what timeframe housekeeping is permitted to enter the room when the pet will not be present or when the pet is secured.

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PetravelR™ wishes you safe and happy travels!

Chilly Dog Snuggle Beds

Here’s a neat item that could come in handy while traveling with your pets this winter – the Snuggle Bed by Chilly Dog.

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PetravelR™ thinks the Snuggle Bed is a great idea for small dogs, cats, and other small mammals.  Manufactured in Oregon, the Snuggle Bed is available in two different fabrics – plush faux fur and anti-pill polar fleece.  The bed has a nylon rod hoop that holds the bed open so your pet can snuggle down on a comfy polyester fiberfill pillow. The  hoop will hold its shape and not bend!

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The Snuggle Bed is easy to care for:

  • The Nylon rod comes apart and slips out.
  • Velcro fasteners open for easy pillow removal
  • Bed and pillow are machine wash/dry

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Snuggle Beds come in three sizes: Small, 24″ x 24″ with a 15.5″ diameter hoop, for pets under 20 pounds and best for short legged dogs; Medium, 27″ x 30″ with a 18.5″ diameter hoop, for pets under 35 pounds, best for small dogs with longer legs; Large, 36″ x 30″ with a 22″ diameter hoop, for pets under 50 pounds. Available from the Chilly Dog Beds Etsy store for $84 to $112.


Reducing the Stress of Holiday Travel for Your Pet

The holidays can be stressful.  Traveling can be stressful.  So PetravelR™ wants to remind you that holiday travel can really stress out your pet.

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Here are some helpful tips from petMD for traveling with your pet this holiday season (or anytime, for that matter) -

Leaving the familiarity of home can provoke anxiety in people and animals. If you are traveling by car, be sure to bring along some of your pet’s favorite toys, a blanket or pillow bed, and his regular food. If your pet is used to sleeping in a crate, bring it along so he can sleep in his familiar space.

We advise keeping pets in a travel safe crate so that the animal is not able to move freely though the car. This covers a few bases. Keeping animals in travel crates prevents them from getting underfoot or on your lap while you are driving — an obvious hazard — it prevents them from being thrown from the car should an accident occur, and it prevents them from getting free/running away during rest stops or after minor accidents have occurred. We can tell you that these unhappy events do occur and are reported in the news frequently enough to make them worth noting. If you cannot fit a crate into your car, you can use a pet approved safety belt/harness to keep your pet in her seat, where she belongs.

On that note, make sure your pet is wearing identification at all times, and pack an emergency first aid kit for pets in case of an emergency. And don’t forget to take frequent breaks to allow for rest and relief.


Read the full petMD article Tips for Dealing with Holiday Stress – for You and Your Pet for more tips on helping your pet cope with the holidays.


Humane Society of Utah on Adopt a Friend!

This week the Humane Society of Utah is featured on PetravelR’s™ Adopt a Friend!

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The Humane Society of Utah (HSU) is a community-supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal shelter.  They rely on dedicated volunteers and donations from the public to help the over 12,000 pets that enter their doors each year and to support HSU’s many life-saving programs.

You can help the HSU save 11,000 dogs and cats (and rabbits, guinea pigs, and small pets, too!) this year by adopting a new friend!  Can’t adopt? Get involved by volunteering, fostering or donating.

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Please visit Adopt a Friend to learn more about how you can help the homeless animals at the Humane Society of Utah by adopting a pet, making a monetary donation, or volunteering your time.  And if you live in the area, there’s still time to bring your pet(s) for Photos with Santa on December 12 or 13!

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