Pet Safety Tips for Winter

Pet Safety Tips for Winter

Even though they are covered in fur, pets still feel the effects of winter weather. Temperatures below freezing with wind chill can cause serious harm, sickness, or even death to domesticated animals, like cats and dogs.

Animals need protection from the cold, just like humans. If you aren’t sure whether it is too cold for you pet to be outside, a good rule of thumb is if it’s too cold for you to stay outside for long periods, then it is probably too cold for them as well.

Keep your pet safe and warm all winter long by following these pet safety tips for winter.


Give Them Shelter

If your pet doesn’t live inside already, bring them inside for the winter and create a space for them in an area of your home that is not drafty. If this is not an option for you, then you must create a shelter for them where they can escape the elements. The shelter should be raised and waterproof, faced away from the wind, and either insulated or packed with plenty of blankets and straw.


Protect Their Paws

If there is snow or ice on the ground make sure the de-icing chemicals you use are not harmful to your pet. If your dog is indoors, it is also important to wipe its wet paws when it comes inside to avoid the ingestion of those chemicals and to prevent redness and irritation. If you go on winter walks, put Vaseline or snow booties on their paws to protect them.


Know Their Limits

Dogs and cats are susceptible to Hypothermia and Frostbite, so even if your pet is having fun playing in the snow, it is important not to keep them outside for long periods. Set outdoor limits by assessing their age and breed, for example small, short-haired dogs cannot spend as long of time outside as large, long-haired dogs, and the same goes for old or very young dogs.


Keep Away From Anti-Freeze

Anti-freeze is in abundance during the winter, but as little as a lick can cause kidney failure in your pet. Keep your anti-freeze stored away out of reach and be sure to immediately clean up any spills or leaks in your garage. When on walks, beware of unknown puddles in driveways or parking lots.


Check Food and Water

If your pet is indoors, it will typically be getting less exercise during this time of year. So if you feel like your pet is gaining an unhealthy amount of weight, monitor its food consumption. On the other hand, if your pet is outdoors, it will need to burn more calories to keep warm. Make sure you are feeding it frequently with more hardy meals. Also, be sure to check their water dish every few hours to make sure it has not frozen over.


Be Prepared

If a snow or ice storm knocks out your power or makes travel impossible, make sure you have stocked up on the proper food and medication for your pet. In the event of an emergency, be sure to also include supplies for them in your Emergency Preparedness Kit.


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Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

Halloween can be an extra-scary time for our four-legged family members. Our pets don’t understand why the doorbell keeps ringing or why strange creatures- that kind of resemble humans- keep yelling and trying to come into their house and yard.

These factors and more can cause our pets to become anxious and start acting out of the ordinary with their behaviors like, panting, crying, running, jumping, and even becoming aggressive. That is why it is important to keep your pet (and Trick-or-Treaters) safe this Halloween by following these Five Simple Halloween Safety Tips for Pets.


1. Keep Your Pet in a Separate Room

Bring pets indoors and lock them in a separate room, far away from the commotion, with a TV or noise machine on during prime trick-or-treating hours (6pm- 8:30pm). This will give you peace of mind that your pet will not harm or scare away trick-or-treaters and you don’t have to worry about your pet escaping every time you open the door.

2. Keep the Candy Out of Reach

Most Halloween candy is toxic to pets, especially chocolate, so make sure bowls of candy are stashed in a cupboard or a shelf high enough where they cannot reach them. If your dog or cat does ingest any candy or wrappers contact your vet immediately.

3. Don’t Put Your Pet in a Costume Unless They Love It

Dressing your pet up could cause extra anxiety for them, and if they try to escape their costume and get stuck, they could seriously injure themselves. If you decide to dress them up, keep it comfortable for them and let them try on their costume before Halloween to make sure they love it and have time to get used to how it feels.

4. Watch the Decorations

Using a real flame to light a Jack-O-Lantern is rare these days, but if you do make sure it is placed somewhere your pet can’t accidentally run into it. Be sure to also keep any decoration that could harm your pet like, plastic, fake spider webs, and lights/electrical cords out of your pet’s reach.

5. Keep Your Pets Identified

Always make sure your pet is wearing a collar with tags that are up to date and that they are microchipped, just in case they do happen to escape.


Have a safe and Happy Halloween with your fur-babies! 🙂  


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Disaster Preparation for Pets

Disaster Preparation for Pets

Our pets are precious members of the family. We take them on adventures and shower them with treats and love. However, when it comes to disaster situations, our fur babies are often an after-thought, and sadly, many suffer and are left behind when a natural disaster hits.


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September is National Preparedness Month. Each year we are reminded to prepare ourselves for emergency disasters in our home and communities. So, while you get your emergency plans in place, don’t forget to include your animals!

Take these actions and precautions before a calamity strikes to put your mind at ease and save your pet’s life.

  1. Have an evacuation plan that includes your pet and it’s necessities. Include food, leash, medications, a blanket (with your scent), water, and copies of vet records and vaccinations.
  2. Bring your pet inside. If you need to evacuate, have a crate or duffel on hand that you can easily transport them in.
  3. Place a rescue alert sticker on home door or window. This should be visible to rescuers, in case you are unable to get home. Available online, at pet stores, veterinarians, or from the ASPCA.
  4. Microchip your pets and update collar tags. Make sure the microchip is registered and up-to-date with your current information.
  5. Keep in mind many evacuation shelters do not take pets. Research pet-friendly hotels, shelters, and family/friends who will take in you and your pet in a disaster.
  6. Carry recent pictures of your pet. In case you get separated, keep a good photo of them sitting and standing for size/coat reference.

Save My Pet!

Having a disaster preparation plan in place for your pets will play a key role in saving their life in the event of an emergency. If you need help putting a plan in place, contact BringFido’s Canine Concierge. They will contact hotels and shelters across the nation to help you find somewhere for your pet. Plus, they will even give you advice on disaster preparation for pets!

Remember, pets can sense anxiety and become nervous, especially during high stress times like emergencies. It is important to give them TLC and let them know they will be ok.

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Life Lessons From Your Dog

Life Lessons From Your Dog

Wiggle bottom, man’s best friend, cuddle bug, fur baby, smoochy pooch. We could go on and on about the crazy names we give our dogs and how much we love them. They give us joy and companionship, a reason to exercise, even someone to cry to; and ask for so little in return. Our dogs are a constant source of love and throughout their lives, our little fur balls teach us responsibility and some of the greatest life lessons.

Here are a few we’ve learned from our perfect little puppers:


Express Gratitude.

  • Whether it’s with a big, slobbery kiss or just a nuzzle of their head, dogs always let us know that they love us and are thankful for us.

Love Your Neighbors.

  • Does your dog get super excited when you mention the word “walk” or “park”? That’s because they love socializing. All friends are great, no matter age or breed.


Leave the Past Behind You.

  • Rescue pets are the perfect example. Some go through things we could never even imagine before they become a new member of the family. They live in the moment, soaking up all the happiness that comes from giving and receiving love.

Bodies Come in All Shapes and Sizes.

  • Big, small, short, tall, hairy, wrinkly, droopy; we love them all. Dogs aren’t embarrassed, and we shouldn’t be either.


Love Unconditionally.

  • No matter what we do, or how bad of a mood we come home in, our dogs are always there greeting us with a wagging tail. Their love never waivers, no matter the circumstance.

It’s OK to take a Break.

  • Taking time to relax and recharge is SO important. Dogs know when they need to rest. They have no problem letting themselves take a break, so they can be at their best when they wake up.

Focus on the Positive.

  • Have you noticed how your dog is never in a bad mood? That’s because instead of dwelling on how they just got in trouble for trying to eat out of the trash can, they are thinking about the walk they get to take after dinner. Always, look on the bright side.


Be Open to Adventure.

  • Your dog is your ride or die. They go with you everywhere without complaint, and they have some of the BEST times and experiences because of it.

Family Doesn’t Have to Be Blood.

  • Family is love. If you love them, they will love you. No, if’s, and’s, or but’s about it.

We can learn so much every day by watching our dogs. They are loyal, they don’t discriminate, and they see everything in a positive light. Can you imagine how positive the world would be if everyone learned their life lessons from dogs? So, next time you are having a bad day or get into an argument with someone you love, ask yourself how your dog would handle the situation?

Life is all about perspective. 

Questions to Ask Before Boarding Your Pet

Questions to Ask Before Boarding Your Pet

Spring break will be here before you know it and summer is right around the corner. If your plans include travel and Fido isn’t invited, here are a few things to consider when deciding where and who will care for your four-legged family member while you’re away. boarding your pet

Before Boarding Your Pet, Plan to Ask:

  • Is my pooch up to date on vaccinations?

    Ensure vaccinations are required for other animals boarded in the same facility.

  • Can I take a tour?

    Visiting the facility and meeting staff members who will be caring for your dog can help you determine if it’s the right fit. Plus, provides  peace of mind while you’re away.

  • Are the staff and facility certified?

    If your dog is injured, know who will provide treatment. Also, find out if your pet will need to be transported to another location for care.

  • What will my dog do all day?

    Some places keep dogs kenneled most of the day. Alternatively, others provide an open area for dogs to play and socialize with other pet guests.

  • Where will my dog sleep?

    Just like time spent during the day, some facilities require pets each sleep in a separated area. Others offer a slumber party environment.

  • Can I bring my own dog food?

    Let the facility know if your dog has a special diet or feeding schedule.

Whether you use these as a starting point or have your own questions, the most important thing is that you feel comfortable knowing you’ll return to a pet that is tired but happy. boarding your pet

We know how important your furry friends are. That’s why California Casualty offers pet health insurance from Pets Best, rated in the top tier of pet insurance companies. You can get up to 90 percent reimbursement for X-rays, lab tests, surgeries, even cancer treatment with a Pets Best policy. Best yet, you’ll save five percent (in most states) if you purchase through California Casualty.

We only get limited time with our pets. Make the most of it! Contact our Agency Services team at 1.877.652.2638 or email agencyservices@calcas.com.

If your pet travels with you, don’t forget California Casualty automatically includes free Pet Injury Coverage as part of your auto insurance policy.

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What to Consider Before Getting A Classroom Pet

What to Consider Before Getting A Classroom Pet

Our Education Blogger is a public school teacher with over a decade of experience. She’s an active NEA member and enjoys writing about her experiences in the classroom.


Thinking about getting a pet for your classroom?  You might be surprised how beneficial having a classroom pet can be!  But before you run out to buy the perfect classroom pet, there a few things to think about.


Why Should I Have A Classroom Pet?

There are many benefits to having a classroom pet!  According to Pets in the Classroom, pets provide learning opportunities, enrich the classroom experience, improve attendance, teach responsibility, aid in immune system performance, boost student morale, encourage nurturing behavior, build self-esteem, and strengthen social skills.  Learn more at petsintheclassroom.org.


Do Your Research  

Find out what kind of care the animal requires, what type of enclosure is preferred, feeding requirements, and other needs.  Have the animal examined at your local veterinarian office (many vets will conduct an exam on classroom pets free of charge, just call to ask!).  Also, research any diseases the animal may transfer to humans.


Keep Parents Informed

Be sure the parents of students in your classroom are aware you have a classroom pet.  Some students may have pet allergies and must be seated away from the pet enclosure.  It may also be wise to send home literature detailing the benefits of having a pet in the classroom.


Have A Plan For When School Isn’t In Session

Make plans for weekends, holiday breaks, and summer break.  Where will the pet go?  Who will care for it?  Will students take turns taking it home on weekends?  What items will need to be sent home with students?  You might consider using an online sign-up system like SignUp.com to make these arrangements.  It is also a good idea to send home care instructions with students who are taking the animal home.


Here are some of the best classroom pets, according to PetMD.com:

  1. Bearded Dragon – gentle, can be held occasionally
  2. Guinea Pigs – minimal care, easily handled, social
  3. Rabbits – affectionate, social, some can be skittish and become defensive
  4. Rats – affectionate, intelligent, minimal care
  5. Fish – visually intriguing, stress and anxiety reliever


Top 10 Classroom Pets from The Biology Corner


You Can Apply For A Grant That Will Help Fund Your Classroom Pet

Petsintheclassroom.org is an educational grant program that provides financial support to teachers to purchase and maintain small animals in the classroom. The program was established by the Pet Care Trust to provide children with an opportunity to interact with pets—an experience that can help to shape their lives for years to come. (Pre-K through 9th grade)


**Please remember, just like a family pet, an animal is a lifelong commitment.  Consider adopting rather than purchasing an animal from a pet store.  As the primary classroom educator, you are considered the animal’s guardian and caregiver and are responsible for the well-being of the animal, even when you are not in the animal’s presence.


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