- Dogs shouldn’t roam in the car. The safest way for your dog to travel in the car is in a crate that has been anchored to the vehicle using a seatbelt or other secure means. Dog restraints or seat belts are useful for preventing your dog from roaming around the car and being a distraction to the driver, but they haven’t been reliably shown to protect dogs during a crash.
- Leave the front seat for humans and keep your pet in the back seat of the car. If an airbag deploys while your pet is in the passenger seat (even in a crate), it might injure your pet.
- Keep those heads inside! Dogs and cats should always be kept safely inside the car. Pets who are allowed to stick their heads out the window can be injured by particles of debris or made sick by having cold air forced into their lungs. Never transport a pet in the back of an open pickup truck.
- Give your pet plenty of rest stops and stop frequently to allow your pet to exercise and eliminate. But never permit your pet to leave the car without a collar, ID tag and leash.
- Don’t ever leave your pet alone in a car.
- Use crash-tested crates. Crates are the best option to ensure your dog’s safety when traveling, especially in your car.
- Turn off power windows.
Holidays are the busiest travel time of the year with car trips – whether it’s to Grandma’s house or to meet up with friends. If you are like 75% of people, you plan to bring your dog with you for the holidays. But, like humans, dogs can get antsy and bored in the car. So, in between last-minute packing and making drool-worthy snacks for the trip, make sure to check out the tips below so your pup can have an enjoyable ride, as well.
Work on a new trick. While the car may seem like a distracting place to learn commands, what with all the new sights whizzing past, it is actually the perfect place to teach your dog something new. If you’re a passenger in the car, get ready to teach your dog new tricks!
Pack Toys. Most dogs have a favorite dog toy, so make sure you pack your dog’s on your next road trip. This will help him feel comfortable if he’s not used to riding in the car, as well as give him something to chew. But bring something new and exciting, as well. Buy a fun new toy your dog hasn’t seen before – this will keep him entertained for sure.
Bring treats. Of course you’re going to bring treats for your dog (or I would hope so, at least – that would be mean to bring food for yourself and not for him). But up the ante and make your dog work for them. Look for toys that have spots to put treats and give him something special to enjoy, like a Kong full of peanut butter or a toy from which it takes effort to get the treats – it’ll keep him both happy and entertained!
Take a break. Make sure you stop for breaks along the way. It is recommended that you stop for a break with your pup every two hours. Find a rest area that has a grassy space for your dog to go to the bathroom, drink some water (make sure you pack a collapsible dog bowl), and run around for a little bit. A park or an open field would be great places to stop, as well.
No matter where you’re going, whether your car ride is two hours or ten, if you’re bringing your dog, make sure you’re prepared. Bring his dog barrier, some toys, and a few treats and you’ll be good to go!
September means back to school, pumpkins and the fall season. This month is also recognized as National Responsible Dog Ownership Month started by the American Kennel Club (AKC), aimed at helping pet parents raise happy and healthy dogs.
Owning a dog is not just a privilege-it’s a responsibility. These animals depend on us for, at minimum, food and shelter, and deserve much more. If you are considering taking a dog into your life, you need to think seriously about the commitment that dog ownership entails. If you already have a dog, you need to consider if you are fulfilling all your obligations as its owner.
Some of the basics of responsible dog ownership include:
- Regular exams with your veterinarian, addressing issues like dental health, skin allergies and health issues that arise with age
- Keeping your dog up-to-date with vaccinations for diseases like rabies, canine distemper and parvovirus
- Maintaining a healthy weight for your dog by feeding a healthy diet and incorporating exercise into its lifestyle
- Reducing financial stress by putting pet health care in your family’s budget
- Making sure your dog has proper identification – optimally with both a microchip and a collar with your most current contact information
- Ensuring your dog is kept safe from the elements, making sure it is protected during times of extreme cold or heat and always keeping it properly hydrated
- Establishing natural disaster preparation plans in the event of emergencies, including creating an evacuation kit
- Having spay or neuter procedures performed to curb the pet overpopulation problem
- Lots of love and playtime，either indoor or outdoor play time. Well if you are out with your pets this water and dirt proof dog seat cover would be necessary for you: https://t.co/qSYaRArYuk. it is easy to use and clean.
National Pet Fire Safety Day is observed on the 15 July every year. July is a month marked by heat, dry grass, fireworks, and outdoor fires—all of which can pose a danger to pets. House fires are one such danger.
To create awareness on this topic, the American Kennel Club (AKC), ADT Security Services and the National Volunteer Fire Council have teamed up for this Thursday’s National Pet Fire Safety Day.
The AKC has provided the following tips to help protect your home and loved ones from accidental fire:
- Extinguish open flames – Don’t leave your pets unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flame before leaving your home.
- Remove stove knob– Be sure to remove stove knobs or protect them with covers before leaving the house.
- Invest in flameless candles – These candles contain a light bulb, rather than an open flame, and take the danger out of your pet knocking over a candle.
- Avoid glass water bowls on wooden decks – The sun’s rays when filtered through glass water bowls can heat up and ignite the wooden deck. Choose stainless steel or ceramic bowls instead.
- Keep pets near entrances when you’re out – Keep collars on pets and leashes at the ready in case firefighters need to rescue your pet. When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them.
- Secure young pets– Especially with young puppies, keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home such as in crates or behind baby gates in secure areas.
- Consider using monitored smoke detectors – Monitored smoke detectors, which are connected to a monitoring center, allow emergency responders to be contacted when your pets are trapped. These systems provide an added layer of protection beyond battery-operated smoke alarms.
- Affix a Pet Alert Window Cling – Write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static cling to a front window. This critical information saves rescuers time when locating your pets. Make sure to update the number of pets listed.
Staying aware and being prepared could save you avoidable heartache if a disaster strikes. Your pets are part of your family and deserve to be protected!
The biggest thing you can do to prevent your pet from being injured in a home fire is to have working fire alarms and extinguishers. Alarms with current batteries (checked regularly) should be placed on each floor or area of the home. If you’re out of the house a lot of the time, you might consider installing fire alarms that are connected to a monitoring unit able to alert the fire department directly.
You should also be aware of these common pet-related fire hazards:
- Never leave unattended candles or open flames lit around pets. Your dog or cat could accidentally knock them over and start a fire. The ASPCA reports that more than 1,000 fires are started accidentally by pets each year.
- Chewed electrical cords are another common cause of home fires. If you’ve got young pets who haven’t learned this is unacceptable behavior yet, be sure you’ve puppy- or kitten-proofed your home by hiding loose cords away.
- Stovetop burner fires can be caused by a pet (usually a cat) playing in the kitchen area. Consider using stove knob covers, available in the baby-proofing section of a store, to prevent accidental burner fires.
We love taking our dogs swimming during the hot summer months! They’ve enjoyed trips to lakes and rivers as well as the beach and always enjoy swimming.Wherever your dog is swimming, keep these points in mind:
- Beware of stagnant water. As water flows slow late in the summer, rivers and lakes can become stagnant…and dangerous.
- Watch out for blue-green algae. Hot weather also means a bloom of blue-green algae on many lakes and ponds. This algae is toxic for dogs and can be fatal.
- Consider a life jacket. Dog life jackets are a must for boating dogs but they’re also recommended if your dog is an unsure swimmer.
- Watch for water snakes. Living on a creek in Texas, we’re accustomed to keeping an eye out for water moccasins but water snakes can be found just about anywhere. Keep a close eye on your dog so he’s not nosing around holes in riverbanks or lakeshores.
- Bring fresh water for your dog. Yes, your dog will want to drink lake or river water but he’s safer drinking water that you bring from home.
- Watch for glass and metal. Just as our feet do when they’re wet for an extended period, dog paws get soft when they’re swimming–making them even more susceptible to getting cut by broken glass and metal.
- Carry a first aid kit. Accidents happen, whether it’s a cut paw or a thorn in a paw.
- Dry your dog’s ears. Water in your dog’s ears–especially floppy ears–can lead to ear infections. If your dog has been prone to ear infections, talk with your vet about an ear cleaning solution you can carry on your swimming trips.
- Dry your dog’s fur. Wet fur on the drive home can make your dog more prone to hot spots and other skin issues. If you have access to fresh water, it’s great to rinse your dog off then dry him before the trip home.
- Check your dog head to tail. Once you’re home, brush out your dog and do a good head to tail check looking for ticks, cuts, thorns, and any potential problem Swimming is not only fun for your dog…but it also does great things for him.
Dogs and humans need relief on hot summer days. Most dogs love water, but not everyone has easy access to an ocean, lake or pond.
Summertime means time to enjoy the outdoors! And for many of us, it’s the perfect time of year to go camping with our four-legged friends. There are plenty of great reasons to take your dog with you on your camping trip:
- Like you, your dog loves the great outdoors.
- Most dogs are great cuddlers, keeping you warm on those chilly nights.
- Going camping together will give you the chance to spend more time bonding with your pooch.
But before you pack up the gear and the dog in the car, consider these tips for camping with your dog.
- Stop regularly along your travel route to allow your dog to have a bathroom break, drink water and have some exercise.
- Should you have to leave your dog for a short period in vehicle or RV always make sure there is proper ventilation, shade and water for your dog.
- Try to make your dog’s travel area like home with a dog bed, blanket, toys, etc.
- Most importantly, constantly reassure your dog that he/she is safe, secure and loved.
Travelling and camping with your dog not only connects you to nature but also to your pet. If you think your dog smiles when you go for a walk, bounces when you give it a treat, or rolls over for some loving rubs wait for the reaction you get when your dog goes camping. Camping can be a dog’s dream come true…and for that matter yours as well.
Here are some general airline travel tips for pets to bear in mind:
- Never sedate your pet on a flight. High altitudes and sedatives are a dangerous combination and should never be mixed.
- Always have your pet’s leash and collar easily accessible for walking prior to departure, but do not take the pet out of the kennel inside the airport.
- Identification tags for your pet and travel kennel, including pet’s name, home address and phone number, are essential.
- Never use a muzzle on your pet during travel, as this is dangerous to the pet.
- Familiarize your pet with the kennel prior to the trip so that it is comfortable to him/her at travel time.
- Always make advanced reservations or arrangements with the airline when you are making your own reservations. The airline always reserves the right to refuse travel if there are too many pets on board, so make sure you advise them early.
It’s that time of year when having a barbecue is a good idea, especially with how spectacular the weather has been lately. Bringing your dog to a barbecue is a great idea! It gives your dog the opportunity to socialize with other dogs and humans.
You might think you aren’t harming your dog by offering him or her a scrap of leftovers, but it can have some severe consequences! Dogs don’t have the same digestive systems as we do. Many of the foods we love to eat can make your dog ill, causing symptoms such as diarrhea or vomiting.
These foods are usually high in sugars, salt, or fat. Other foods, such as chocolate, macadamia nuts or onions (popular barbecue foods!) contain chemicals which can be deadly to dogs.
Before you think about sneaking your dog a piece of your food from under the table, consult with your veterinarian or do your research! Keep your dog safe and healthy by only feeding it an appropriate diet.