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Preparing Pets for Hurricane Season

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While we don’t have hurricanes in the Southwest, we do know firsthand the inherent dangers associated with storms – particularly when dealing with pets. We wanted to remind that disaster can strike at any time and offer some tips on pet safety during hurricanes and evacuation during a natural disaster. Whether it's a disaster related to wind, fire, water or land - you can never be too prepared.

After Hurricane Katrina, a Zogby poll found that 61 percent of pet owners would not evacuate if they could not bring their pets with them. In 2006, Congress addressed this issue by passing the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act. The PETS Act authorizes FEMA to provide rescue, care, shelter, and essential needs for individuals with household pets and service animals, and to the household pets and animals themselves following a major disaster or emergency. It is crucial that all pet owners research their community’s existing human and pet evacuation plans and contact local government agencies if plans aren't publicly available.

Natural disasters rarely give us much notice to prepare, which is why it’s important to have a plan. If you have pets, it’s doubly important. If you live in an area that is prone to hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfire, tsunamis, volcanoes or earthquake, or flooding, then it’s time to download all of your pets information to a flash drive and make sure you have created a Bug Out Bag for your pets, know the process of evacuating, and develop a family plan in case one of you is a away from home during the emergency.

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Cat Allergies Don’t Have to be CATastrophic

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Allergies can have a drastic impact on our health, including ear, nose and throat problems, upper respiratory issues and an overall drain of energy. As cat lovers, we want the best for our pets, but it needn’t come at the cost of our health. There are many ways to keep cats indoors and still reduce or eliminate allergies. If you’re allergic to your pet, rest assured that you’re not alone. Studies show that nearly two million Americans live with at least one cat in their home, despite being allergic. According to Dr. Jorgenson of the Arizona Asthma and Allergy Institute, approximately 20% of the population suffers from allergies. The good news is that fewer than 10% of his patients choose the drastic option of re-homing their favorite felines, and if you love your cat, you already know why. Here are a few of the suggestions that he makes to help you live in harmony with your pets.

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Tips for finding a pet-friendly rental

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Even in today’s pet-friendly climate, locating a truly pet-friendly rental can be challenging. Begin by looking at the city’s overall view on pets.  Are there plenty of pet retailers, including groomers, veterinarians and boarding facilities? That’s always a good indicator that there will also be pet-friendly rentals. Here are a few tips for locating one in your area and increasing your chances of being selected.

Allow Plenty of Time

It can take a little longer to find a pet-friendly rental, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time. A good rule of thumb is to start two months prior to leaving your current location. That will provide time for your potential landlord to do some checking up.

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GiftSoc: Keeping Your Gift Lists in Check

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Like all animal-loving households, our pets are a member of our family. And that means, they get gifts just like every other member of our family, during certain times of the year. I’m sure you’re aware Christmas is still a few months away, but with the economy doing what the economy does, and lots of humans and and animals to buy for, we look for tricks to get a jump on our holiday shopping.

One way we do that is through GiftSoc – because it’s a way that you can add human and animal gift lists to your pack’s holiday list. This is a particularly handy tool if you have family members that live out of town, which makes shopping very hard.

So, how does it work? Well, we’re glad you asked! The process is simple:

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Dog-inspired Beers to Warm up the Fall

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The cooler temperatures have finally arrived, and with the chillier days come all of the local brewfests and Oktoberfest celebrations. They’ve been in full swing all month long, and I thought this would the perfect time to highlight some great beer companies whose dogs have inspired them to frothy greatness, or cater to those of us who just plain love dogs.

Sea Dog Brewing, located on the salty coastline of Maine, got their logo from their Great Pyrenees, Barney, who served as apprentice brewmaster and the company’s figurehead until he went to the Rainbow Bridge. Great Pyrenees were originally bred to protect flocks, and Barney used those instincts to guard the brew kettle as it boiled. Visit one of their brewpubs in Maine, and raise a pint to the memory of Barney. (I suggest the Hazelnut Porter.)

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