Posted: Mar 05 2012
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More and more Americans are choosing to vacation with their pets. If you're planning a trip with your furry friend, here are some secrets to creature comfort on the road.
Identification Is ImportantMake sure your pets are outfited with collars and ID tags that list your current cell phone number(s) so in case of emergency you can be reached immediately. It's also a good idea to pack a photo of your pet(s) along with vaccination records and microchip information. Better safe than sorry.
Car SafetyMake sure you clear a comfortable space for your pet in your vehicle. Many dogs like the security of traveling in a crate and there are some great travel crates on the market. If a crate won't fit in your auto, consider packing your dog's favorite bed or blanket. For safety and security, do not allow your pets to ride in the front seat or jump back and forth. And, while tempting, never let your dog hang her head out the window while traveling at high speeds to avoid potential injury.
Fast FoodBring plenty of fresh water and healthy snacks for your pet. It's best to stick to your dog's regular diet to avoid tummy upsets. You may find feeding smaller meals throughout the day a good option while traveling as well. Dehydrated foods are especially handy when traveling and are easily prepared on the spot or in advance and kept in a travel cooler.
Rest StopsAlways keep your pets leashed at rest areas or where ever you make a pit stop. Even if your dog has a solid recall at home, you don't want to take a chance when you're on the road and far from home. Also, remember that other folks and families may be traveling with their pets and it's not polite to let your pooch run up to an unfamilar dog.
Hotel StaysMake sure to call ahead and reserve a pet-friendly room. Many budget hotels and upscale properties set rooms aside for patrons with pets but be aware they may charge a pet deposit. When checking in to your hotel make sure to potty your dog before settling in for the night. If your dog does have an accident clean it up with a little water and baking soda (that you've packed for the occasion).
Posted: Mar 02 2012
Unfortunately, the biggest threat of pet poisoning is often found at home. Common medications like ibuprofen, antidepressants, acetaminophen and ADHD medications are major culprits. Not only do these medications, if not stored properly, pose a risk in the home, they also pose a risk to the environment if not disposed of properly.
In an effort to address this problem, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the National Sea Grant College Program have partnered to raise awareness about the proper storage and disposal of common, household medications.
Make sure you store all of your medication out of the reach of pets and children. Check that any medication you carry in your purse, backpack or briefcase is not accessible to pets. And, don't store medication in lower cabinets or shelves in your kitchen or bath.Do you have medicine you no longer need? Don’t flush it!Your first option should be to find a local medicine take-back program. If there isn’t a take-back program available:1. Mix medicine with cat litter or coffee grounds in a sealable container such as a coffee can before throwing it in the trash.2. Mark out any personal information before recycling your pill bottle.
Posted: Mar 01 2012
A new study by Pethealth, Inc. shows that more stray cats are being returned to their homes rather than taken to animal shelters. Increased use of pet tags and microchipping is helping to decrease the stray pet population and ensure that lost cats find their way home.
While this is good news for the cats that are returned home, overpopulation of cats and dogs in animal shelters continues. It's important to make sure your pets' tags are up-to-date with your current contact information. It's also a good idea to make sure the ring connectors on your tags are in good working order and that collars and harnesses fit properly.
Posted: Feb 23 2012
A study in the American Journal of Cardiology reports that people with pets had better heart rate variability than those without. The study of 200 Japanese people with a chronic disease like diabetes, high blood pressure of high cholesterol, found that pet owners in the cohort had hearts that responded better to the body's changing requirements, such as beating faster during stressful situations. Reduced heart rate variability has been linked to a higher risk of dying from heart disease.
While the study was very preliminary, Erika Friedmann, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, said that it's a step forward from what is already known about the connection between pet ownership and a person's heart health.
Hooray for heart healthy pets!
Posted: Feb 20 2012
Photo credit: Evan Richman, Boston Globe
As animal lovers, we all know the value our pets bring to our lives. It turns out more and more employers are recognizing those benefits and allowing pets in the workplace.
According to a survey conducted by the American Pet Products Manufacturing Association (APPMA), over 50 million respondents believe that having pets in the workplace creates a more productive environment, improves interpersonal relationships and leads to more creativity.Tips for creating a dog and human friendly workplace
- Keep dogs on a leash, unless they are in the employee's office or cubicle. Not everyone loves puppy kisses. Co-workers who want to pet your dog will likely come to you.
- Use a baby gate to prevent a dog from leaving your office unsupervised. Try to give the dog space to roam in your office.
- Certain areas such as bathrooms or dining halls should be designated as dog-free.
- Have a backup plan for taking the dog home if it isn't comfortable in the work environment.