July, 2019

July 15, 2019

Tips for Traveling with Pets

Tips for Traveling with Pets

Travel can stress anyone out, but it can especially take a toll on small animals. Here are some tips that can help ensure safe and comfortable travel for your pet.

Find an Appropriate Kennel or Pet Carrier Before You Need It

Don’t be caught off guard and not have a carrier when you need one, especially if there’s an emergency. Look for carriers that will give your pet enough space to rest comfortably. Airline Approved carriers can help protect your pet during transport, as the wireframes sewn into some otherwise soft-shell exteriors help maintain the carrier’s shape. Two other important factors to consider when purchasing a carrier include a structure that has ample air flow, as well as a structure that allows for feeding and watering during travel.

Get Your Pet Acquainted with Their Carrier Ahead of Time

Allowing your pet to explore their carrier on their own time can help them learn that it’s a safe place to rest. Always make sure to do trial runs with your pet in their carrier before actually traveling. This will help ensure that your pet can handle travel.

Include Hay in Your Pet's Carrier

Small herbivores need hay available to them at all times—make sure hay is accessible to your pet during transport. Other small animals can benefit from hay in their carriers, too, as hay can be provided as safe and comforting nesting material.

Bring Your Pet's Water Bottle Along 

Provide water to them as needed.

Factor in the Element

If it’s wintertime, include extra nesting material in your pet’s carrier; if it’s hot outside, place some form of cold relief such as a frozen water bottle in one corner of the carrier (just make sure it doesn’t roll around!).

Provide Skid-Resistant Flooring

Add a non-skid material to the floor of the carrier. This material should be something that your pet is familiar with and won’t chew on, such as a blanket that smells like them. This will help prevent your pet from sliding around during transport.

Travel with a (Human) Friend

It can be helpful to travel with a friend or family member, especially if you’re driving to your destination. This will give you the opportunity to monitor your pet while your friend or family member focuses on the road.

Think of Your Pet's Needs Ahead of Time

Your pet will have far different needs for a veterinarian visit compared to staying with a pet sitter for a week. List all your pet’s needs ahead of time so nothing is forgotten during packing. If you’re going on a long trip with your pet, think about rest stops and hotels for the night. Are the stops you have planned suitable for your pet?

Consider Your Pet as an Individual

Every pet is unique and will react to traveling differently! Some pets won’t mind traveling at all, while other pets can be very anxious and will need lots of reassurance. If your pet is especially anxious or has special needs, carefully consider the amount of travel they can safely handle.

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July 12, 2019

Oxbow Animal Health Expands Sales Team

Oxbow Animal Health, a global leader in small animal nutrition, has added two new positions to its sales team: Lisa Eurek as E-commerce National Account Manager and Melissa Osborne as Regional Account Manager.

As E-commerce National Account Manager, Eurek’s responsibilities include devising long-term vision and strategies for product lines and categories, analyzing market data, developing solutions to address customers’ needs, and developing product positioning strategies. Eurek brings over 19 years of experience in the digital marketing space, including 17 years with Buckle in Kearney, NE where she led teams in content strategy, customer experience, and taxonomy. Eurek comes to Oxbow from Hayneedle where her efforts were focused on the development of taxonomy, merchandising strategy and promotional execution for Hayneedle.com.

“I am excited to join Oxbow’s team to take on the challenge of not only a new industry, but also to get the opportunity to be on the wholesale side of retail and apply my knowledge to drive Oxbow’s business in the digital space,” said Eurek.

As Regional Account Manager, Osborne serves as the main contact for retailers, distributors reps, and key partners in the western territory. Osborne brings industry experience with companies including Hill’s Pet Nutrition and Bayer Animal Health, as well as retail experience from her time as owner of an independent pet store. As pet parents to bunnies, guinea pigs, and a rat, Melissa and her family have an existing familiarity with the Oxbow brand.

“I am passionate about building and solidifying the human animal bond,” said Osborne. “There is so much joy in a relationship with an animal. To have the ability to provide quality nutrition and products that extend and enhance those animals lives - there is nothing more gratifying.”

“Lisa and Melissa bring a wealth of experience, expertise, and passion to the Oxbow Sales Team,” said Jeremy Baker, Vice President of Business Development. “Their contributions will be invaluable as we continue to grow and evolve in the name of small animal health.”

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July 01, 2019

Ways to Keep Your Pet Calm During Fireworks

Ways to Keep Your Pet Calm During Fireworks

Happy 4th of July! While fireworks, sparklers, and the holiday hoop-la may be a blast for we humans, our furry friends can be less than thrilled at the sounds and noises associated with our festivities. How can you keep your pet calm during the fireworks this evening? Take these simple steps to provide the extra nurturing that your pet may need tonight.

Draw the Curtains

Blocking light can decrease the amount of firework flashes your pet sees.

Turn on the TV

A radio or TV show can help dampen the noise of some fireworks.

Provide Plenty of Hiding Spots

Your Pet will want to hide when they feel unsafe, so they should have a least one hiding space.

Plan Snacks

Leaving your pet's favorite snack near their hiding place could give them a short distraction.

Talk to Your Pet

Your pet is likely to find your voice soothing, so talking to them might comfort them.

Talk to Your Neighbors

If you have understanding neighbors, they might be willing to reduce the amount of larger fireworks they use.

Stay Home

Not that excited about your plans? Your pet values your presence and might benefit from you staying home.

Stick to Sparklers

If you're hosting this year, choose fireworks that don't make as much noise. Your pet (and other animals in the neighborhood) will thank you!

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