When you bring your dog with you on your travels, you may face certain difficulties. If you’re not properly prepared, you might wind up getting into a mishap, such as losing reservations. Thankfully, by taking the right steps, you and your furry friend can have a fabulous time together.
Plan Your Excursion
While there is always the option for a road trip, going by car for hours or days can be rough on a pet. They need frequent breaks to stretch and relieve themselves. If your intended destination is several hundred miles away or more, it may be better to think of alternatives. You can travel by plane, which is an especially good choice for small dogs, as they can fly in the cabin with you. All you need is a suitable carrier and an airline that is pet-friendly and safe. A newer option is to travel by train, though you’ll need your furry friend’s health records and a carrier that fits in your lap. It may not be as quick as plane travel, but a train ride can be a pleasant means of transportation.
Know Your Destination
Different pets will have various requirements. Some cities across the country have bans on certain breeds, so do your research before you book a trip. Thankfully, there are many towns with less hostile laws regarding larger breeds. Look for destinations that have ample dog parks, low pet deposits, and plenty of pup-friendly cafes.
In the past, one of the more difficult aspects of traveling with an animal companion was finding pet-friendly accommodations. Luckily, a growing number of hotels have caught on to how important our furry friends are and how responsible pet owners can be when it comes to cleaning up. Thankfully, there are plenty of online tools you can use to find the perfect hotel, from dedicated search engines to lists of pet-friendly hotel chains. In fact, these resources not only show hotels that welcome dogs, but they also list the ones that accept your dog’s breed in the area of your selection.
Enjoy the Parks
No matter where you end up, your pup will need to exercise. Going to a dog park is a fun way to ensure that they still get to romp around and socialize while you’re vacationing. Of course, you’ll need to see to their safety before you go. Research the parks ahead of time, and be certain your dog is up to date on their vaccinations to prevent disease and parasites. Make sure your pup’s collar contains an ID tag, and ensure it’s been updated if necessary. Look after your dog closely, and always clean up after them at the park.
There are lots of things for you both to explore in a new area, so get going! Aside from dog parks, check out any local pet-friendly cafes. If the weather is good, you could rent a bike and go for a light ride downtown, or take your dog pup-surfing. After all, what dog doesn’t love swimming? If your pup prefers the water from a distance, take a boat ride together, or walk along the shoreline. You may even be able to find a “doga,” or dog yoga, class that you can enjoy together. This is a new place, so add some new experiences you two will love.
There are many wonderful places you and your dog can explore. With the right planning and preparation, you can ensure you both have fun and stay safe. Traveling with your pet can be an adventure, one that you will remember for years to come.
5 Issues for an Overweight Pet and How to Help Fido Get Fit It’s no secret that being overweight has serious consequences for your own health. What you might not realize is that dogs also suffer when their waistline is wider than their hips and shoulders. Keep reading for insight on the five most common health problems dogs experience due to chronic obesity and what you can do to help your dogget fitstarting today. 1. Breathing problems Dogs who are forced to carry around excess weight put additional strain on their heart and lungs. 2. Systemic inflammation Systemic inflammation can cause detrimental health effects and make it difficult for your dog to ward off other health conditions, including reproductive and urinary disorders. TheJournal of Nutritionlinks systemic inflammation to metabolic syndrome. 3. Intervertebral disc disease Smaller dog breeds, especially those with a long midsection and elongated body such as dachshunds and corgis, are at a higher risk of severe disc extrusion that can lead to long-term mobility issues and may require surgical intervention. 4. Arthritis and hip dysplasia Joint issues are common in overweight dogs. Large breeds, such as the labrador and boxer, are especially vulnerable. Hip dysplasia and arthritis are painful conditions that can lead to lameness. Boneo offers more aboutcanine obesityand its effects on your dog’s mobility. 5. Lifespan Not only do added pounds alter your dog’s quality of life, but they also may reduce their longevity by two years or more, according to theCummings Veterinary Medicine Centerat Tufts University. While these health problems are dire, the vast majority of dogs will see a significant improvement in symptoms simply by losing a few pounds. But, unlike us, your dog can’t do it on his own. There are many things you can do to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle that will benefit both you and your pet.
Measure your dog’s food to ensure they are being fed the proper amount.It is very common for dogs to be given open access to food. However, just 10extra biteseach day can increase your dog’s weight by one pound each year.
Walk your dog regularly.If it isn’t already, walking your dog should be part of your daily routine. The amount of exercise they need is dependent upon age, breed, and overall temperament. The most active breeds require at least 30 minutes ofintense aerobic exerciseevery 24 hours, so make sure to play with your pet after a stroll through the neighborhood. If you’re going to the dog park for exercise, make sure to bring a portable dog bowl along to prevent dehydration and heat exhaustion. Always keep your dog on aleashor lead when in public. Choose a leash and collar that’s comfortable for your dog and easy for you to use. Picking the right set will make your walks that much more rewarding.
Create a designated activity space for your dog.If you don’t have a fenced backyard and can’t dedicate time each evening for exercise, give your dog a space where he can run and play. Adog run, which HomeAdvisor notes should be at least 10 feet wide and cover the entire length of your yard, is preferable over a cable run, since an enclosed area allows for freedom of movement.
Talk to your veterinarian to create a weight-loss program.While losing weight seems like a relatively simple process, it isn’t. Dropping pounds is not simply a matter of burning more calories than you take in. Work with your veterinarian to come up with a plan that works for your dog. He or she may suggest a physical exam and blood tests to rule out underlying medical conditions. If your dog is significantly overweight, they may be prescribed nutritional supplements or put on a special diet.
As a pet owner, it is your responsibility to make sure that your dog remains healthy and happy. Managing his weight is one of the most important things you can do to ensure just that. Image viaPixabay Aurora James
Advice for First-Time Pet Owners Jessica Brody Ourbestfriends.pet
According to a 2017-2018 survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association (APPA), 68 percent of U.S. households — that’s about 85 million families — have pets. Over 244 million critters give comfort, make people smile, and provide unconditional love to their people.
How exciting that you’re preparing to join this world!
Picking the Right Pet
Think about the following considerations as you decide which pet will be the perfect addition to your family.
Your family’s lifestyle. Is your family constantly on the go and super active? You’ll want a pet that can keep up. Do you prefer to cuddle on the couch with a cup of tea, a good book, or your favorite Netflix show? You’ll probably welcome a critter with similar couch potato tendencies.
Kids. Age often determines the best type of pet. Younger children do well with animals that don’t require a lot of care or aren’t as hands-on, like a fish, rabbit, or guinea pig. Older children who can help with pet care might welcome a dog or cat.
Your home. A giant St. Bernard might not feel comfortable in a small, one-bedroom apartment. Greyhounds need zoom room. You’ll want a critter that fits your space.
Time commitment. Some pets require much more time than others. A puppy needs obedience training. Younger animals need more hands-on time than older animals.
Cost for care, upkeep, and supplies. Shaggy dogs (and even some cats) need regular grooming. Horses eat a lot of hay and grain. Cats love scratching posts. Certain reptiles are prone to illnesses that require frequent vet visits. After you’ve narrowed down the type of pet you’d like, research the average annual costs for their care.
Local laws. Check with your landlord, if you rent, to make sure you’re allowed to have pets. Some cities and townships restrict the type of dog breeds allowed. Others frown on less traditional pets like potbelly pigs or guinea fowl.
Health and safety risks. Reptiles, like turtles, can carry and spread salmonella, which is dangerous to young children and people with compromised immune systems. Certain dog breeds have reputations as nippers.
Should I get a cat? Dog? Fish? Guinea pig? Bird? Hamster? Rabbit? Reptile? The American Veterinary Medical Association offers sage advice and links to these and more exotic critters that make good pets.
Words of Wisdom
The amount of time spent planning and researching your pet adoption is time well spent. Before you bring the critter home, make sure you pet-proof (it’s kind of like toddler-proofing) your home. Get down on your hands and knees (encourage your kids to help) to see things from a pet’s eye view. Find and remove or hide wires and other easily chewed and swallowed items. Move poisonous plants out of reach.
Once you’ve brought your new pet home and introduced him to the family:
Begin training your pet (and children) immediately. Dogs and cats appreciate routine — beginning it on day one immediately removes some of the uncertainty and helps them acclimate faster.
Plan to spend plenty of time with your pet. Make accommodations for when you’re out of the house — crate training puppies and dogs prevent bored, scared canines from destroying furniture and possessions, for example.
Create an emergency plan for your pet. In a disaster, what’s good for you is good for your pet.
Stay alert for unusual behavior. The sooner you and your family can learn your pet’s habits, the easier it is to identify when something’s wrong. Female cats are prone to UTIs, but if you notice her straining in the litter box, you can get her to the vet faster for treatment and eliminate the possibility she’ll look for other (forbidden) places to pee.
Don’t start bad habits. Human food is bad for animals, so don’t feed them at the table. If you’d prefer not to encourage a bed and cover hog, establish the “no dogs on the bed” rule from day one.
Friends with Benefits
Our four-footed friends because make us happy and feel good. They love us unconditionally. They’re our wingmen and provide hours of entertainment. So, good luck finding your perfect match!