Sandy Robins, Noted Pet Lifestyle Expert, Discusses the Importance of “Winterizing” Pets

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As winter storm after winter storm marches across the U.S., it is important that pet owners ensure their animals are safe and secure. Pet Lifestyle Expert Sandy Robins shares some simple ways to protect pets from the cold wintry weather and how to keep them happy too.

Motorola Scout 1 WiFi Pet Monitor

In really cold temperatures pets can suffer from hypothermia and frostbite just like humans.

As one winter storm after another slams the country, people know it is essential to be prepared for what ever Mother Nature can dish out. But what about their pets? Just because cats and dogs wear their fur coats all the time it does not mean they are impervious to cold weather. Sandy Robins, a noted lifestyle pet expert discusses some of the things pet owners can do to keep pets safe and happy during winter months.

“In really cold temperatures pets can suffer from hypothermia and frostbite just like humans and, as with people, elderly pets feel the cold more. It’s a really good idea to move their beds away from drafty windows and doors. And if its placed on a tiled or concrete floor, place a mat or blanket underneath to prevent the cold from such surfaces penetrating through to the pet. Beds with higher side bolsters like the Petlinks Deluxe Dreamer Bed also add additional insulation.”

Robins goes on to say, "In cold weather it’s often difficult to give pets the exercise they need. That’s why it’s important to compensate by playing games with interactive toys. In fact, 10 minutes of thinking play can equal 45 minutes of active play. Toys like Petlinks’ BottleBuddy and TrickyTreater for dogs, and CrazyTail and TweatyBall for cats provide pets with fun exercise that is not only good for their physical well being, but also provides a great chance to enhance the human-animal bond."

"Cold weather and being cooped up can lead to boredom and anxiety, which can lead to behavior issues such as scratching and chewing furniture. Toys such as the Petlinks’ Sense of Security when stuffed with an item of clothing with your familiar smell, will help your pet decompress in stressful situations."

"A video pet monitor like the Motorola Scout 1 WiFi Pet Monitor is a great way to watch your pets from virtually anywhere using a smartphone, tablet or computer. By keeping an eye on your pets you can easily see if they are stressed or content and even interact with them through the monitors built-in speaker. It also has a temperature monitor that allows you to make sure that they are not too cold. And if the ambient room temperature is dropping, you can make a note to turn up the thermostat for next time they are home alone."

"It is really not that hard to do a few extra things that will help ensure your pets safety and well-being during the cold winter months. Your pets will appreciate it and you can rest assured that they will be safe and sound no matter what the weather is like.”

About Sandy Robins
As one of the country’s leading multi-media pet lifestyle experts SANDY ROBINS documents the wonderful relationship that we have with our pets highlighting trends and innovative ideas as they happen. She is the 2013 winner of the Excellence in Journalism and Outstanding Contribution to the Pet Industry Award presented by the American Pet Products Association. Previous winners include Dr Marty Becker, Ellen De Generes and Victoria Stilwell.

Her award-winning work is very visible on many of the country’s leading pet platforms such as, and PawNation, AOL’s petcentric website. She is a regular contributor and columnist in multiple national publications such as Modern Dog, Dog Fancy and Cat Fancy as well as industry leaders such as Pet Age magazine and mainstream media such as Consumers Digest.

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