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How to "Curb" Car Sickness in Puppies and Dogs

How to "Curb" Car Sickness in Puppies and Dogs

Pet Friendly Travel - Car SicknessMuch like humans, dogs and puppies can also experience a feeling of illness while on car trips.  This car sickness can make pet travel, whether short or long, quite an ordeal for dogs and their families.  Fortunately, there are things you can do to help your dog in the car.

The most common reasons for car sickness in puppies and dogs are:

  • The ear structures used for balance aren't fully developed in puppies. This can cause motion sickness.  Fortunately, many dogs will outgrow car sickness.
  • Stress can also add to travel sickness.   For example, if your dog has only been in the car to go to the vet, he may make himself sick from the worry and apprehension of seeing the vet.
  • If your dog has been nauseous the first few times traveling in the car as a puppy, he may have conditioned himself to see car travel as a time when he will get sick. 
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Pet Travel Tips for Holiday Road Trips

Pet Travel Tips for Holiday Road Trips

Christmas Holiday Pet Travel

 

It's almost time to go over the river and through the woods and start your holiday travels with your pet, possibly staying at pet friendly hotels along the way.  Before you start thinking of presents and egg nog, keep in mind that it's important to plan ahead for pet travel and always keep the best interests of your furry, four-legged friend in mind.  Traveling with your pet can be a wonderful and bonding experience or a not so pleasant one.  It's all a matter of proper planning and preparation.

Your first decision is whether to bring your pet along with you on your trip.  Not all pets are suited for travel. While it may be very tempting to bring your pet with you, keep in mind that not all pets are happy travelers.  Things to consider include your pet's temperament, any physical impairments, or if your pet suffers from an illness.  If you're uncertain whether your pet is suited for travel, you may want to consult with your veterinarian.

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Pet Friendly Travel: What to Know About Pet Car Seats

Pet Friendly Travel: What to Know About Pet Car Seats

Pet Travel Car Seats

 

Pet travel is on the rise.  No longer are dogs and cats staying at home while their humans venture off to run errands or a go on a family vacation.  Whether you're traveling across town to go to the pet store or to a pet friendly hotel, vacation rental or bed & breakfast across the country with your pet, it's important to make sure that they are properly secured in your vehicle.  

Pet car seats are one very popular option that many dog parents choose to secure their four-legged friend in their vehicle when they travel.  These are primarily used for dogs (as cats are best suited for travel crates/kennels).  

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Unsafe. And Illegal? Driving with Pets on Laps

Unsafe. And Illegal? Driving with Pets on Laps

Driving with Pets on Lap

 

While the biggest road safety concern was once driving under the influence, it has been discovered that simply driving while distracted – while eating, applying makeup, or using a cell phone, for example -- can be a dangerous endeavor. Over the past few years, texting and driving in particular has proven to be a very serious road hazard; it has cost a number of lives, and 42 states have developed laws and campaigns against it.

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Should Fido Come with you on your Road Trip?

Take Him Along, or Leave Him Behind: Should Fido Come with you on your Road Trip?

Should Fido Come With You on Your Road Trip?

How to decide whether to bring your dog with you on your next trip. By Kim Salerno

My dogs are my kids, and I love spending time with them. I would be completely happy to take them everywhere I go, and I know that other pet parents feel the same way. However, as fun as it seems, the decision to take a pet on the road – particularly on a lengthy trip – is one that requires some thought. Before you load your pets in the car, it’s important that you take some factors into consideration – keeping their best interests in mind.

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Top 5 Tips for Hiking with Your Dog

Why not turn that daily walk into an interesting and fun hike? It's no secret that exercise is a necessity for both you and your dog. We often forget that our dogs are pack animals and their origins are rooted in hunting, playing, and roaming all day long with their pack family. If you are already in the habit of walking your four-legged friend during your pet travel, you know that it's a special time for the two of you to bond as well as establish yourself as the leader of your domestic pack. Why not shake up your routine a bit and kick your workout into high gear by taking your best friend for a hike?

Follow these 5 tips and your hikes will surely be a wonderful experience that you'll both enjoy together.

1.  Know Your Limits (Yours and Your Dog's)

Does your current exercise endeavor consist of walking around the block a couple times? Then you may want to rethink that 10 mile hike you're mapping out. Not only do you need to be able to hike without difficulty, so does your furry companion. Start intensifying your walks by making them longer and include hills if possible so the two of you can build up your stamina. It's also advisable to take your dog to the vet just to ensure that he will be able to accompany you comfortably when you're ready to hike. Dogs are people-pleasers and they never want to let on that they are injured or in pain, so they will endure it for as long as they can.

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