Take the Stress Out of Traveling With Your Pet

Traveling with your pet can be an exciting time when you and your family, including your pet, make long-term memories together. Traveling with a pet is a big responsibility, however, and being prepared is the key to a successful trip. Here are some things to remember when you prepare for your family vacation.

First, you should have a large, well ventilated cage for your pet to travel in during your car trip. Be sure your pet gets used to the cage before the trip so that it is as stress free as possible. Ideally, the cage should be large enough for your pet to stand and turn around in. Too small a cage can be tremendously restricting and cause your pet unnecessary stress. It would also be wise to acclimate your pet to car rides by taking them on several shorter trips prior to your vacation. During car trips, it is vitally important that you never leave your pet in a hot or cold car. You should stop for lunch or dinner somewhere that will allow you to stay with your pet.

Food and water are important for keeping your pet happy. If your pet begins begging for food, pull over. Feeding your pet in a moving vehicle is a recipe for disaster. Plan to bring some water as well. Water from different locations can cause stomach upset, so to be safe, bring your own. Fill a large jug or two with tap water or purchase bottled water for your animal. Grocery stores sell gallons of water that are ideal for trips.

A well- stocked travel kit can be the perfect solution. Be sure to make a checklist ahead of time so you won’t forget anything. A travel kit should include:

1.Accident clean up tools

2.Toys

3.Rawhide chews

4.Plastic water and food bowls

5.Any medication your pet takes regularly

6.Plenty of food (it’s a good idea to pack more than you think you’ll need)

7.Brushes and other grooming supplies

8.Paper towels

9.Waste disposal bags and a pooper scooper

10.Pet first aid kit, which you can purchase at most pet supply stores

11.Most importantly, be sure your pet has a few favorite toys and a pillow to provide him or her with comfort away from home

Because of the foreign environment, it is important that you have lots of identification on your pet, just in case. On your pet’s collar you should have the usual veterinary tag with important information, as well as a temporary tag with your cell phone and the address of your hotel. Also, you should do some research before your trip to locate local pet hospitals and veterinary offices- just in case. Be sure to map these offices out and bring directions and a phone number with you to ensure you can locate them in an emergency.

When it comes to traveling with your pet, the key is to prepare for every eventuality. Prepare for departure well ahead of time to avoid surprises on the road, when solving an issue can prove difficult and time consuming. Traveling is stressful enough without forgetting to bring your pet’s food or leash, so be sure to check and double check the night before leaving. Once you’re on the road, enjoy the time with your family and pet! One more thing, remember the camera and film! You’re going to make lots of joyful memories together.

Pet Proof Your Home Before Bringing Home Your New Pet

Are you a proud new pet parent? Before you bring that precious pet home, you should be a responsible pet parent and pet proof your home. This will not only keep your new furry friend protected but it will also save you time and work in the weeks and months to come.

I’m always saddened to hear about a new pet being returned because the new owner couldn’t handle them for some reason. I think one of the reasons that pets are often returned relates directly to their lack of preparedness. Not unlike bringing a new baby home from the hospital, bringing a new pet home also requires household changes and adjustments so that both you and your furry friend can start off on the right paw.

Where Do You Keep The Chemicals & Toxic Foods

One of the first things to address is the where you store your chemicals such as cleaners. Just like children, animals are curious and often get into mischief. Remove these items from underneath your bathroom and kitchen sinks and put them into a cabinet with a child-proof or pet proof lock. It’s always a good idea to switch to all natural or green products that are not only good for the environment but not harmful to your children or your pets.

Don’t Forget To Stock Up

Before bringing home your new pet, you need to think ahead and plan for potty accidents. Because I promise you there will be accidents for a while until you get them completely house trained. It’s also likely they may vomit some until they adjust to their new diet and environment.

You will definitely want to get a pet stain and odor remover that is an enzyme cleaner because this type of cleaner actually eliminates the urine odor, where other cleaners just cover it up. It also will help keep your dog from peeing over and over in the same area.

Now if you are a gagger or have a really weak stomach, no worries. There are handy little carpet cleaners made just for pet messes. These little pet carpet cleaner machines can even just be left sit on the spot and they do all of the work for you like the Spotbot Pet Compact Deep Cleaner! How much easier could it be that to just sit it on the spot and it does all the dirty work. If I were bringing a new puppy home, it’s seriously a purchase I would make.

What To Look For & Where

So you’re ready to pet proof but where should you begin? Try getting down on your pets level. Seriously, get down on the floor and start looking around. You’ll get a whole new perspective from their angle. You’ll see thing people have dropped such as money, medications, candy, food wrappers, children’s toys, cords etc. all potential hazards for your pet. Also look for spaces that need to be closed off so that a small pet can’t crawl in and get lost or stuck.

Potty Training

Potty training can be a trying time in pet parenting but it’s important that you maintain your patience and your temper. You need to expect accidents and often repeated accidents. Never react by screaming at the animal or striking the animal. This only serves to tell your new pet that they are not supposed to potty in front of you. So the next time, they will potty in private, say behind the couch or in your bedroom.

Instead, change the tone of your voice and firmly say “NO!” Then pick them up and take them outside to the area you want them to use to potty. Use the same place so they start associating that area with using the bathroom. If they do seem to understand why you are taking them to the same place each time, then pick up some of their potty and poop mess with gloves and paper towels and take it out to the bathroom spot and leave it there. Make sure that your dog sniffs this but do not rub their nose in it. This will help the dog better understand that this is their potty spot. Remember to praise them and even reward them with a small treat for having a successful outdoor potty.

Don’t Forget The Toys

Dogs are natural chewers and rely on chewing to relieve anxiety and as a form of relaxation and play. It’s really important to always choose quality toys and chew bones and give your dog the chance to chew everyday. By keeping toys and chew bones available, you are giving them an alternative to chewing on your furniture or shoes.

Keep Shedding Tools On Hands-free

There are multiple ways to clean up the hair your dog sheds but there a couple of things I think work better than others. First of all, keep your dog brushed regularly. This will help more than anything. Vacuum more often, like you had to do when your kids were little. This helps keep up with the shedding and doesn’t allow it to get out of hand. The other item that I absolutely love is the new Pledge Fabric Sweeper which picks up hair off of your couch and fabric. Just rub it side to side and it picks up the hair and stores it in a chamber for disposal. Super easy! They say it’s comparable to 145 of those sticky sheets. I think it’s amazing little gadget and I love watching the hair ball collect in the chamber – lol!

No Toilets Allowed

Always keep your toilet lid shut and/or your bathroom door closed. The chemicals you use to clean your toilet will make your pet sick and will poison them over time. Pets love to drink out of the toilet because the water is fresh and cool, so keep those lids shut!

Start Training From Day One

Too many pet parents go into pet ownership without recognizing the need to train their new pet. There is nothing more important that the need to teach their pet commands and how to obey when they bring them home. Not only does this teach manners but it is a safety issue. Poorly trained animals are often the reason pets are returned or taken to shelters. So do your research or hire a trainer and learn with your dog. It will make your dog and you much happier.

The most important thing when you pet proof your home is to do it before you bring your furry friend home. Beyond that, just enjoy your new pet and love them loads!

Pet Proof Your Home Before Bringing Home Your New Pet

Are you a proud new pet parent? Before you bring that precious pet home, you should be a responsible pet parent and pet proof your home. This will not only keep your new furry friend protected but it will also save you time and work in the weeks and months to come.

I’m always saddened to hear about a new pet being returned because the new owner couldn’t handle them for some reason. I think one of the reasons that pets are often returned relates directly to their lack of preparedness. Not unlike bringing a new baby home from the hospital, bringing a new pet home also requires household changes and adjustments so that both you and your furry friend can start off on the right paw.

Where Do You Keep The Chemicals & Toxic Foods

One of the first things to address is the where you store your chemicals such as cleaners. Just like children, animals are curious and often get into mischief. Remove these items from underneath your bathroom and kitchen sinks and put them into a cabinet with a child-proof or pet proof lock. It’s always a good idea to switch to all natural or green products that are not only good for the environment but not harmful to your children or your pets.

Don’t Forget To Stock Up

Before bringing home your new pet, you need to think ahead and plan for potty accidents. Because I promise you there will be accidents for a while until you get them completely house trained. It’s also likely they may vomit some until they adjust to their new diet and environment.

You will definitely want to get a pet stain and odor remover that is an enzyme cleaner because this type of cleaner actually eliminates the urine odor, where other cleaners just cover it up. It also will help keep your dog from peeing over and over in the same area.

Now if you are a gagger or have a really weak stomach, no worries. There are handy little carpet cleaners made just for pet messes. These little pet carpet cleaner machines can even just be left sit on the spot and they do all of the work for you like the Spotbot Pet Compact Deep Cleaner! How much easier could it be that to just sit it on the spot and it does all the dirty work. If I were bringing a new puppy home, it’s seriously a purchase I would make.

What To Look For & Where

So you’re ready to pet proof but where should you begin? Try getting down on your pets level. Seriously, get down on the floor and start looking around. You’ll get a whole new perspective from their angle. You’ll see thing people have dropped such as money, medications, candy, food wrappers, children’s toys, cords etc. all potential hazards for your pet. Also look for spaces that need to be closed off so that a small pet can’t crawl in and get lost or stuck.

Potty Training

Potty training can be a trying time in pet parenting but it’s important that you maintain your patience and your temper. You need to expect accidents and often repeated accidents. Never react by screaming at the animal or striking the animal. This only serves to tell your new pet that they are not supposed to potty in front of you. So the next time, they will potty in private, say behind the couch or in your bedroom.

Instead, change the tone of your voice and firmly say “NO!” Then pick them up and take them outside to the area you want them to use to potty. Use the same place so they start associating that area with using the bathroom. If they do seem to understand why you are taking them to the same place each time, then pick up some of their potty and poop mess with gloves and paper towels and take it out to the bathroom spot and leave it there. Make sure that your dog sniffs this but do not rub their nose in it. This will help the dog better understand that this is their potty spot. Remember to praise them and even reward them with a small treat for having a successful outdoor potty.

Don’t Forget The Toys

Dogs are natural chewers and rely on chewing to relieve anxiety and as a form of relaxation and play. It’s really important to always choose quality toys and chew bones and give your dog the chance to chew everyday. By keeping toys and chew bones available, you are giving them an alternative to chewing on your furniture or shoes.

Keep Shedding Tools On Hands-free

There are multiple ways to clean up the hair your dog sheds but there a couple of things I think work better than others. First of all, keep your dog brushed regularly. This will help more than anything. Vacuum more often, like you had to do when your kids were little. This helps keep up with the shedding and doesn’t allow it to get out of hand. The other item that I absolutely love is the new Pledge Fabric Sweeper which picks up hair off of your couch and fabric. Just rub it side to side and it picks up the hair and stores it in a chamber for disposal. Super easy! They say it’s comparable to 145 of those sticky sheets. I think it’s amazing little gadget and I love watching the hair ball collect in the chamber – lol!

No Toilets Allowed

Always keep your toilet lid shut and/or your bathroom door closed. The chemicals you use to clean your toilet will make your pet sick and will poison them over time. Pets love to drink out of the toilet because the water is fresh and cool, so keep those lids shut!

Start Training From Day One

Too many pet parents go into pet ownership without recognizing the need to train their new pet. There is nothing more important that the need to teach their pet commands and how to obey when they bring them home. Not only does this teach manners but it is a safety issue. Poorly trained animals are often the reason pets are returned or taken to shelters. So do your research or hire a trainer and learn with your dog. It will make your dog and you much happier.

The most important thing when you pet proof your home is to do it before you bring your furry friend home. Beyond that, just enjoy your new pet and love them loads!

Natural Cures For Pets – 5 Natural Home Remedies For Dogs

Are you one of the many pet owners concerned about the safety of the commercial products so common at local supermarkets or pet supply stores?

Many of the chemical names in these products such as flea dip or even dog shampoo can barely be pronounced, and the chemical strengths in these “concoctions” often vary dangerously!

As a result, many dog owners are turning to natural home remedies as alternative’s to the use of possibly unhealthy and more expensive store bought medications.

Many very effective natural home remedies for dogs are products which are easily purchased or commonly found around the home. Such as:

1) Garlic- Many people enjoy garlic in their favorite dishes while cooking, but this spice is also a powerful flea repellent. Garlic tablets are very inexpensive flea control and most dog’s really love them!

2) Epsom Salts- Sometimes dogs have problems such as the footpads cracking, a good method to soothe and keep the skin soft is to soak the dogs feet in some water with Epsom salt added. DO NOT allow them to drink the water at all.

3) Oats- Often times dogs scratch themselves a lot due to skin problems or allergies, and oats are a great natural pet remedy to safely relieve the irritation they suffer from. Blend one cup oats on highest setting till they are a fine powder, add to bath water while running. Let the dog soak for 15-20 minutes and gently pat dry with soft towel. DO NOT rub!

4 )Vitamin E- An excellent natural pet remedy for dogs or cats suffering from dry, irritated skin. Applying a bit of this to the affected areas on your dog should bring quick, soothing relief; especially if administered after completing step #3 above!

5) Almond, Mineral, or Olive Oil- While these common household items serve many purposes, they are really good natural pet cures for treating ear mites and ear infections in dogs.

Natural pet remedies for dogs can be easy, safe, and a less costly solution than a vet when it comes to remedies for your dogs health problems.