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Road Trip Tips

Road Trip Tips:

  • If you have a pet there’s a lot to consider when you go on vacation.  Today we’re going to focus on bringing your pup on road trips.
  • It’s the middle of the summer and lots of people are planning road trips.  If you’re going to take Rover with you you’ll need to plan for the following:
  • First things first, make sure your destination takes pets.  Here’s a hotel site that specializes in finding pet-friendly hotels:  http://www.officialpethotels.com/?refclickid=1385~G~&adposition=1s1&device=c&gclid=COOu9ozc07gCFa9fQgod4koAkw#axzz2aOrQXtsO
  • Before you book your stay here are some questions you might want to ask: http://www.petfriendly.ca/pet-travel/pet-policy.php#.UfXaMW0UVy0
  • Before you hop in the car and set off on your journey you’ll want to make sure Rover is up to date on his shots and medications.
  • Make sure you pack everything you’ll need for Rover.  Here is a checklist you might find helpful: http://www.petfriendly.ca/checklist.php#.UfXcVW0UVy0
  • Be prepared for the car ride.  You’ll need to have plenty of water for your pooch and plan to make frequent rest stops along your way.  It’s important to exercise your pooch before the long journey – your pet will be more likely to rest during the trip.  Also, feed your pooch early.  Rover will be less likely to be sick.  For more pet friendly road trip tips check out http://www.petfriendly.ca/pet-travel/road-trip.php#.UfXfRm0UVy0
  • Consider putting your pooch in a crate for the journey.  A crate can prevent a pooch from getting hurt.  If you don’t like the idea of a crate you may want to try a doggy seat belt.  The seat belt makes sure Rover is secure in the car. 

Here are a few more tips that will help you prepare for your road trip:

  • Trial run – take a few shorter drives with your pooch to see how he/she reacts
  • Don’t let your dog stick his/her head out the window – this may cause lung infections, ear damage, or other injuries
  • Second collar tag – add a second tag to your dog’s collar with the address of the place you’re staying
  • Don’t leave your dog in the car unattended
  • Use a window shade if your vehicles windows aren’t tinted

Note: above tips adapted from Mother Nature Network’s Laura Moss and PETA’s travel trips

For more tips you might want to check out the following websites

http://www.peta.org/living/companion-animals/tips-for-traveling-with-dogs.aspx

http://www.petfriendly.ca/pet-travel/#.UfXozm0UVy0

Health Tips for our Best Friends

Our pets are a part of our family.  A responsible pet owner is responsible for getting a pet the care he/she needs.  But they can’t tell you when something is wrong.  When it comes to pet health “success loves preparation” – staying on top of your pet’s health is the best way to make sure they live a long and healthy life.  With that in mind here are some tips to keep your pet healthy:

  1. Keep your pet hydrated, especially when it’s hot outside
  2. Grooming is important.  A clean pet is a happy and healthy pet.  Groomed fur cuts down on hairballs which can cause intestinal blockages.  Routinely check your pet’s eyes and ears to catch infections early.  Nailing trimming prevents nails from growing into your pet’s paw pads.  If this happens it can be painful and can lead to infection.  Dental hygiene in pets is very important.  If you can’t afford to have a groomer brush your pet’s teeth regularly there are plenty of websites that give step-by-step instructions for brushing your pet’s teeth, check out http://www.medi-vet.com/caninedental.aspx.
  3. Flea control – controlling fleas can prevent all sorts of health problems such as skin infections and parasites like tapeworms.  There are many options to consider for flea control.
  4. Regular check-ups – just like people pets need to visit their vet regularly.  Vet check-ups make sure pets have had all their vaccines and increase chances of catching health issues before they become a problem.
  5. Weight management – make sure your pet is on a food that fits his/her age.  Avoid feeding your pet table scraps and people food.  Also, exercise is an important part of keeping your pet healthy.  For a list of different exercises for you and your pet check out http://www.hillspet.com/weight-management/pet-exercise.html
  6. Joints and aging – as your pet ages he/she may begin having problems moving around from joint pain.  Proper weight management, exercise, and diet throughout your pet’s life are the best ways to prevent and manage joint pain.  If your pet has joint pain you can talk to your vet about supplements that prevent inflammation.  You can also make a heating bag for your pet out of plain rice and a sock the heat helps control the inflammation.

Here are some helpful websites on the subject of pet health:

http://www.medi-vet.com/infohome.aspx

http://www.veterinarypartner.com/

http://www.ewg.org/research/eddies-healthy-pet-tips

http://www.embarkonpethealth.com/wp-content/uploads/emBARK-pet-health-tips.pdf

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