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August 29, 2013

dog-travelThat last strain of summer sometimes means the last family vacation for the summer. For many of us, taking a vacation just wouldn’t be a vacation without our four-legged members of the family!

There are many considerations when adding the family dog to the trip. So before you pack up the car, the kids and the dog, the following are some things to remember when bringing Spot on vacation.

Crates, Cars, Planes & Dogs

Crates

A crate is an excellent way to keep your dog safe in the car, and is required for airline travel. It can also keep your pet from getting into trouble in a hotel or at your host’s home. Crates are available from most pet supply stores. Look for these features when purchasing:

  • Large enough to allow the dog to stand, turn and lie down.
  • Strong, with handles and grips, and free of interior protrusions.
  • Leak-proof bottom covered with absorbent material.
  • Ventilation on opposing sides, with exterior rims or knobs to prevent blocked airflow.
  • “Live Animal” label, arrows upright, with owner’s name, address and phone number.
  • Stock the crate with a comfortable mat, your dog’s favorite toy, and a water bottle, and your dog is ready to go.

Traveling by Car

  • If you are driving longer distances with your dog, consider him one of your kids (you probably already do).  Remember to provide food and water, stop every couple of hours for potty breaks and look into purchasing a pet harness to keep him secure in the car.
  • Avoid car sickness by letting your dog travel on an empty stomach. However, make sure he has plenty of water at all times.
  • Keep the car well-ventilated. If the dog is in a crate, make sure that fresh air can flow into the crate.
  • Do not let your dog ride with his head sticking out of an open window. This can lead to eye injuries.
  • Stop frequently for exercise and potty breaks. Be sure to clean up after your dog.
  • Teasing is not fun for anyone, including our dogs. If you are traveling with both the dogs and children, give simple instructions not to tease or annoy the dog in the car.
  • Never, ever leave your dog unattended in a closed vehicle, particularly in the summer. If you must leave the car, designate a member of the family to stay with the dog.

By Plane

  • Each airline has its own set of rules for canine air travel. You should call for information and make arrangements well in advance of your trip.
  • All airlines require health certifications and proof of vaccinations.
  • Some airlines will not transport animals when it is extremely hot or cold.
  • Dogs must be in an airline-approved crate when transported as cargo. Small dogs may ride under the seat in a crate or carrier. 

Doggie Docs

  • Bring along a current photo of your pet. Should he or she get lost during the trip, a photograph may be useful.
  • If your pet is not flying with you in the cabin, remember to remove his/her leash and place it in your carry-on. This will help reduce the risk of accidental choking during the flight. 

If you know you want to bring Fido and don’t know where to go, the Fido Friendly people at Bring Fido help you decide. Bring Fido’s dog friendly city guides rank more than 10,000 cities worldwide for their popularity among dog owners and general “dog friendliness.” They also dig in to see the most popular destinations worldwide, or in your own neck of the woods.

Once you’ve narrowed it down to a particular city, make sure to visit a K9 Fit Club in the area, even while on vacation, you still keep the schedule and fun of working out with your best friend!

 

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July 16, 2013

summer dog

Summer is a fun time to play, walk around the park, go hiking, and enjoy the breeze of the beach. But the heat could be dangerous not only to you but also to your dog. It would really be difficult for dogs to cope with the summer heat. They aren’t like you who can cool themselves. Dogs cool themselves through their pads by panting, but it is not enough to refresh themselves when it’s extremely humid and hot.

The hot temperature may cause overheating or heat stroke that could lead to difficulty in breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. Seizures, blood diarrhea and vomiting along with a very high temperature over 104 degrees may also occur. To pamper and make your pal feel comfortable, take note of these summer safety measures for your dog:

1. Visit the Vet

Take an early summer visit to your veterinarian. Your dog must have a summer checkup to ensure he/she will be able to cope with the hot weather. There are dog health concerns that need the veterinarian’s advise.

2. Give dogs extra water

Your dog can be dehydrated during the peak of summer. It is always important to make sure your pooch has plenty of water to drink. Water helps to keep them cool and refreshed. Keep the water dish in a shady corner and change it frequently.

3. Keep dogs in a cool place

Your dog may love to play under the summer heat, but always make sure that your pet has a cool and comfortable place to rest. Imagine sleeping on a very humid room with no way to feel relaxed. Don’t let your dog experience such discomfort. Get an insulated dog house and make sure it is well-ventilated. Not all dogs are trained enough to turn on fans or use remote controls of air-conditioning. It’s your job to give them several ways to cool off.

4. Provide pools for cooling

A pool in your backyard will help cool your dogs, if he/she loves water. You can buy small tubs or kiddie pools from home stores. Your dog will enjoy to play and lounge in cool water. Just keep an eye on your dog like you’re guarding a toddler in a kiddie pool. This can be one of the healthy dog treats you can give your pooch.

5. Buy cooling dog beds

If you notice your dog preferring to lie on tile or concrete floors at times, then his/her bed might be too warm. You might need to consider buying a cooler dog bed for your pooch. Cooling dog beds offer the comfort and softness that your dog craves. It uses gel-like material or simply water to keep the bed feeling cool. These kind of beds are great for the hot season, but consider changing them when the cold weather comes.

6. Brush your dog regularly

Brush your pooch regularly. You can help your dog stay cool and avoid summer skin problems as well in keeping his/her fur clean and untangled. You might think that shaving off your dog’s fur down to the skin can help alleviate heat, this just puts your pet on high risk of summer skin problems. Keep at least one inch long fur to protect the skin from the sun.

Just like humans, dogs feel a bit under the weather when the summer heat strikes. But despite the hot temperature, many dogs love to play outdoors. It’s not a good idea to keep your pooch inside the house for the rest of the hot season. Just like you, they need to have fun. Always remember variety is the spice of life. Don’t be cruel to keep them away from running around the backyard and get along with other dogs in the neighborhood. Just keep an eye on your buddy to ensure their safety.

 

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