Keep Your Pet Safe on New Year’s Eve!

It’s New Year’s Eve, and as you prepare to celebrate another year shot to hell (only kidding – celebrate the incoming year filled with hope and promise!), PetravelR™ wants to remind you of these important tips to keep your pet safe -

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Be Prepared – Plan ahead to keep your pet safe, secure, and comfortable:

  • Keep your pets on their normal diet because any change can cause severe indigestion and diarrhea,
  • Lavish some extra attention on your pets before the festivities begin,
  • Give them plenty of exercise during the day, so that they will be less agitated and sleep more restfully,
  • Create a comfortable, quiet refuge for your pet with his/her favorite toys, and with doors, windows and blinds closed,
  • Ask your veterinarian for tranquilizers if your pet has a history of extreme uneasiness around loud noises or crowds,
  • If you will be out New Years Eve, consider having a neighbor keep a close watch on your pet during the New Year activities.


Fireworks – Exposure to fireworks can can severe burns and trauma to pets (as well as people), and exploding fireworks frighten many animals:

  • Keep your pets aware from all fireworks, even unexploded ones, because they often contain toxic substances,
  • If you are going out to watch fireworks, be sure to leave your pets at home,
  • Keep your pets indoors for the evening, in a comfortable and secure area,
  • White noise or soothing music can mask the sound of fireworks,
  • Turn on the TV or radio to distract your pets from outside noise,
  • If your pet is particularly sensitive to loud noise, consider a Thundershirt or Calming Collar. new years eve

Parties – Crowds, party food, alcoholic drinks, and open doors can pose a risk to pets:

  • Consider keeping pets in a room with plenty of water and pet food that’s off-limits to guests,
  • Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them because they can be poisonous to pets,
  • Foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes & raisins, salt and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to companion animals,
  • Make sure every guest agrees NO HUMAN FOOD FOR PETS; the #1 reason for trips to the emergency vet on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day is because a pet is sick from too much or the wrong people food,
  • Keep pets away from snack tables and garbage cans,
  • Be careful with party favors because a pet can easily choke on Hawaiian plastic leis, the blower attachment of party horns or parts of party hats,
  • Don’t put glow jewelry on your pets, or allow them to play with it because, if ingested — though not highly toxic — they can still cause excessive drooling, gastrointestinal irritation, or intestinal blockage,
  • The phone number for the Animal Poison Control Center is (888) 426-4435.

dog-tagsDon’t Lose Your Pet – The number of lost and runaway pets increases on New Year’s Eve:

  • Make sure all fences and gates are secure, so if pets escape through an open door or screen, they are confined to the yard,
  • Be sure that your dogs and cats are wearing collars and ID tags with up-to-date contact information,
  • Microchipping is the best way to insure that your pet can be identified if he/she slips a collar or loses ID tags,
  • Keep outside visits to a minimum, but if your pet needs to go out for a “relief” call, make sure to use a leash with a snug fitting collar or harness.
  • Whether you are going out, throwing a party, or staying at home to enjoy the evening with your pets, PetravelR™ wishes you a safe and fun-filled New Year’s celebration!

Elsie Happy New YearWhether you are going out, throwing a party, or staying at home to enjoy the evening with your pets, PetravelR™ wishes you a safe and fun-filled New Year’s celebration!

This article was originally published by PetravelR™ on December 30, 2014.

Sources: Adopt a Pet, Tampa Bay Animal Hospitals,, and the San Antonio Humane Society,

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,,, 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.

Dog-Friendly Miami Mall

If you still need to do some holiday shopping in the Miami-Dade area, you might be able to bring your dog along.


The Falls Shopping Center at 8888 SW 136 St., Miami, FL now welcomes well-behaved dogs, small enough to be maintained in a stroller, carrier, or held by owner while in the mall!   One of the largest open-air shopping, dining, and entertainment locations in the U.S., the Falls features 821,000 square feet of retail space.

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Stores that allow dogs inside will have “dog-friendly” signage on their entrance doors or storefronts. Visit the “dog comfort station” at Guest Services for fresh drinking water and doggie treats, courtesy of The Falls and also receive a free The Falls branded doggy bowl!

Whether or not you take your dog shopping, PetravelR™ reminds you to buy your pet a gift!

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!

Christmas Hats for Your Dog

It’s not too late to get your dog something festive to wear for Christmas!  PetravelR™ found these doggie hats at Drs. Foster & Smith for under $5 each.

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Think how cute your dog will look in this year’s Christmas photos!

Happy Holidays from Your Friends at PetravelR™

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.

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!

Glassblowing Fundraiser for Michigan Humane Society

Find some beautiful holiday gifts at the epiphany studios Holiday Open Studio benefiting the Michigan Humane Society this weekend!


Join epiphany studios as they host their Holiday Open Studio the weekend of December 4- 6, 2015. The event is free and will feature April Wagner doing live glassblowing demonstrations. There will also be lots of wonderful holiday gifts up for sale.  Proceeds of the sale of pet items will be donated to MHS.

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The pet-themed items that benefit MHS will range from $25-150 and include sleeping kitties, colorful dogs, wine glasses, drinking glasses, coasters and small and large water/food bowls featuring tiny paw print embellishments amidst the colorful glass designs.

Date: December 4, 2015 to December 6, 2015
Time: 12 – 6 p.m.
Location: 770 Orchard Lake Road, Pontiac, Michigan 48341

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PetravelR™ hopes you find just the right gift for the animal-lover in your life!

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