Activity:

Pet Heating Pad

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What You Need:

  • Old socks—natural fibers, cotton works best
  • Raw rice or beans
  • Plastic bags

What You Do:

  1. Help your child pour rice or beans into an old sock. Don’t pack too tightly, as you'll want the contents to be loose enough so that the bag will flatten out and be comfortable to lie on.
  2. When you have as much as you want in your bag, tie it or sew it shut (a grown up can help with this part).
  3. Heat your bag in a microwave for no longer than 2 minutes and 15 seconds. If you heat it again before it is completely cool, do not heat more than 1 minute.
  4. Put your warmed bag into a plastic bag (after it has been heated). This will keep it from getting dirty or soiled.
  5. Help your child put the heated bag which is in the plastic bag into another sock or wrap it in a towel. Place it in with your new pet.
  6. The bag can be used over and over again. Do not wash the bag, that is why you put it in another sock, which can be washed.

Note: Be careful when removing them from the microwave and applying to you or your pet's body. Shake the bag first. Feel around and make sure there are no areas that are hot spots, especially when using on young animals. Check the bag over time and replace when needed.

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