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Friday, 18 July 2014

Tips For Traveling Safely With Pets


What To Pack - The Basics 


  • Bags (poop bags)
  • Bed and/or blanket
  • Bowls for food and water
  • Collar, considering bringing an extra
  • Leash, considering bringing an extra
  • Harness if using one
  • Crate / Kennel if using one
  • Grooming supplies
  • Medicines/supplements if applicable
  • Food / treats, especially if your dog has a sensitive digestive system that is  adversely effected by sudden changes in diet
  • Toy if your dog enjoys having one or two
  • Towels
  • Water bottle
  • Water for traveling in the car
  • Your dog’s papers (medical, vaccination records, ownership) - particularly important if you are crossing an international border
  • First Aid Kit

Emergency Preparedness - Health and Safety Basics


First Aid Kit
For instructions on how to make your own amazing all-natural first aid kit Go Here >>

Emergency Health Care - Know Where to Go
Consider looking up and writing down the contact information and hours of operation of some veterinarian offices or alternate and complementary medicine health care providers along your travel route and near where you will be staying.  This can save valuable time in an emergency situation.

How to Help an Anxious Dog Travel Comfortably


The Psychology of Travel Anxiety
When it comes to communication dogs are very insightful - if you expect your dog to get anxious you are actually directing your dog to be anxious. Vehicle anxiety is a psychological state that results in one or more of the following physical symptoms - barking, panting, whining, inability to ‘settle down’, wanting to hide or escape etc. Solving the issue is best accomplished by addressing and resolving the all elements that contribute to the anxious state, including:
  • The psychological state (human and canine)
  • The physical state (human and canine)
  • Food, diet, nutrition (canine)

Herbals for Travel Anxiety
In addition to providing appropriate psychological and physical support you can also purchase a holistic herbal or homeopathic tincture / tonic to help reduce your dog’s stress. 

There are many good quality herbal tinctures, tonics, homeopathic remedies that can be purchased on-line or from a good-quality pet store or natural health store. Be careful to check the ingredients list. Many products including those made for pets contain alcohol, toxic fillers, and slipping agents, artificial sweeteners, and other inappropriate ingredients.  Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions and dosage carefully.

If your dog has allergies or any health medical conditions please makes sure you check all herbals and homeopathic remedies for interactions and cautions related to your dog’s condition and medications prior to use.


Motion Sickness
Some dogs experience motion sickness - another condition that can be cured when addressed properly and with patience. You can read more on treating motion sickness here. Herbs such as ginger, anise or peppermint are good choices for treating nausea.  And do not feed your dog for at least an hour before vehicle travel, but do not restrict water intake. An empty stomach (no food, water is fine) helps to avoid the onset of nausea.

Food, Nutrition, Diet and Travel Anxiety
Diet matters.  Dogs, just like people have more serotonin in their gut than in their brain. A dog ‘food’ (i.e. processed commercial dry or wet food) that contains grains, chemical based preservatives, artificial food colouring, artificial flavours, poor sourced protein, and other toxins definitely contributes to increased levels of anxiety. If your dog is anxious - proper attention to creating a truly supportive diet is important to supporting an over-all cure.

When this type of behaviour is addressed properly vehicle anxiety and motion sickness can be resolved.


I am Lost - I am Found

Make sure that you have a better chance of recovering your dog if he/she wanders off. Even a well trained dog can end up lost when the unexpected occurs...
  • If your dog does have ID tags:
    • Check to make sure the ring that holds the tag on the collar is secure
    • Make sure all information on the tag is current
  • If your dog does not have an ID Tag:
    • Make sure you get one - even if your dog is micro chipped -the person that finds your dog may not know about microchips or have access to a facility that scans for chips
    • Include the following on the tag
      • Dog’s name (essential)
      • Your phone number (essential)
      • Your name (optional)
      • Your address (optional)
  • Make sure you always have available a recent photo of your dog 

Car Travel Safety



For important tips of car travel safety with your dog - guidance on what's best, the front seat or back seat; options for making sure your dog is not injured during a sudden emergency stop;  the right way to use a crate in the car if you need to do so and other life saving do's and don'ts Go Here >>

...and last but not least, have a good trip!

Additional Assistance - Holistic Health and Wellness Service
If you require additional support, and guidance - contact me to discuss your requirements. I will determine the appropriate course of action for your situation and I will let you know the applicable fees. I offer consultative services to clients around the world...
Diet, Nutrition Wellness Services
  • Unbiased Diet, Nutrition, Product Advice - information and payment here >>. 
  • Holistic Diet, Nutrition Wellness Plans - information and payment here >>.
Dog Obedience Training and Behavior Modification Services
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  • On-Line consultation and sessions - information and payment here >>.


Car Travel Safety for Dogs - Do's and Don'ts



Front Seat, Back Seat - What’s Best?
The back seat of a vehicle is safer place for your dog than the front seat.  The most serious hazards posed by the front seat are safety-bag deployment, front wind shield if you are forced to break suddenly, and if your dog is not calm in the vehicle - interference with your concentration while driving.

If you are going to allow your dog to ride up front with you, consider putting a properly fitted harness on your dog - in the case of a sudden stop your grip on that harness may save your dog from injury.

  • Never tether your dog by his/her collar
  • Never restrain your dog in the car with a leash attached to your dog’s collar - your dog can end-up with a crushed larynx or other serious / fatal neck injuries.
Dogs with motion sickness generally do better in the back passenger seating area as opposed to the front seat.

Safety Restraints
Even if your dog is a calm traveler, if you are forced to make an emergency stop your dog may incur a minor or major injury - or worse end-up ejected from the car, particularly if the car windows are open.  There are many simple ways that you can reduce the risk of injury to your dog…

Harness and Seat-Belt Tether
Purchase a comfortable harness and seat belt tether. Adjust the tether-length to allow your dog to sit, stand, turn around - but don’t make the length too long or you defeat the purpose of  the restraint. If you are traveling with more than two dogs it is not advisable to harness and tether the dogs in close proximity to each other as tethers can become entangled around the dogs’ neck and legs.

Crates / Kennels
Crates are not necessary for all dogs but for some dogs with travel anxiety and separation anxiety a crate can be a supportive mini-environment within your vehicle to support an anxious dog to transition and change his/her association of travel from fear and uncertainty to calm, comfort - normal.

If using a crate please make sure you select a crate that provides good air flow - don’t use a closed plastic/resin crate as air flow may be restricted leading to heat exhaustion or freezing.

If your dog is not crate-trained make sure you introduce and acclimatize your dog to the crate prior to your trip.

For tips and a comprehensive guidance on how to crate train your puppy or dog, Go here >>.

Car Barriers
When traveling with one or multiple dogs - a well-secured back seat, or car barrier is a very good option to ensure safety.  If your dog is in the back cargo area make sure you support good air flow to avoid heat exhaustion, freezing and general discomfort.


Dog Booster Seats
For small-breed dogs and puppies the pet-industry offers many types of dog booster seats.  Simply secure the booster seat to your vehicle seat making sure to follow the booster seat manufacturer’s instructions. Look for a booster seat that includes a tether to strap or secure your dog into the booster seat. Never secure the tether to your dog’s collar - always secure to a properly fitted harness.



Car Window Screens
If you are worried about your dog putting his/her head too far out of the window, or jumping out of the window leaving the windows rolled-up in the heat is not a solution. Your dog can quickly and mortally succumb to heat exhaustion. Consider installing made-for-dogs car window screens that can be purchased from a reputable retailer.



Other Important Life Preserving Tips…

First Aid Kit - The All Natural Holistic Way
For instructions on how to make your own amazing all-natural first aid kit Go Here >>

Don'ts
  •   Don’t allow your dog to sit in the lap of the person that is driving
    • Allowing your dog to sit in your lap while you are driving endangers you - the other occupants of your vehicle, including your dog, and other drivers. 
  • Don’t allow your dog to put his/her head or other body parts out the window - a rock or insect can do serious damage at high speed impact
    • Dust and other detritus can cause an eye infection or ear infection, or more serious damage
    • Your dog can learn to enjoy having his/her nose at the open window rather than having his/her entire head out the window. If you have trouble training your dog get professional help of use one of the safety restraint options that I discuss further below.
  • Don’t ever leave your dog in the car on very hot summer days
    • Even with the windows open your dog can get heat stroke and die
  • On more moderate summer days don’t leave your dog in the car with the windows rolled-up or windows just slightly open. Even on moderately warm days the heat in a car can build-up quickly.
For more tips on traveling safely with pets Go Here >>
Additional Assistance - Holistic Health and Wellness Service
If you require additional support, and guidance - contact me to discuss your requirements. I will determine the appropriate course of action for your situation and I will let you know the applicable fees. I offer consultative services to clients around the world...
Diet, Nutrition Wellness Services
  • Unbiased Diet, Nutrition, Product Advice - information and payment here >>. 
  • Holistic Diet, Nutrition Wellness Plans - information and payment here >>.
Dog Obedience Training and Behavior Modification Services
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Monday, 14 July 2014

First Aid Kit for Dogs, Cats - Natural, Holistic

 
Whether you are just enjoying time at home or traveling - when your dog or cat needs first aid, a well prepared all natural first aid kit can reduce stress, save you a trip to the veterinarian's office and ensure fast relief for your pet.

Be prepared for the inconveniences of summer - bug bites, ticks, hot spots, sun burns and common issues that can come-up unexpectedly any time of the year - diarrhea, ear infections, eye infections, etc. You can make your own holistic first aid kit for your dog and cat, you will be glad you did...

Holistic All-Natural First Aid Kit

Perfect for home and travel with your pet - here's what you will need...
  • Bandages - self adherent pet bandages
  • Clean towel and washing cloth
  • Cotton swabs
  • Insect repellent - natural herbal spray and/or natural herbal spot-on and collar drops
  • Tick removal tool
  • Natural Essentials
  • Sun Screen - for your dog’s nose and for dogs with thin or sparse fur
    • Don’t use conventional human--made-for sunscreen as it contains multiple toxins as do the majority of made-for pet sunscreens, including those sold in veterinarian offices.
    • Coconut oil, sesame seed oil, jojoba oil or wheat germ oil are good natural sunscreens and moisturizers. 
      • You can make these natural oils even more effective by adding 5 to 20 drops of therapeutic-grade lavender (or another dog-safe, cat-safe essential oil) for every ounce of coconut, sesame or jojoba oil
  • To heal a sun-burned nose just apply a little vitamin E 
Additional Assistance - Holistic Health and Wellness Service
If you require additional support, and guidance - contact me to discuss your requirements. I will determine the appropriate course of action for your situation and I will let you know the applicable fees. I offer consultative services to clients around the world...
Diet, Nutrition Wellness Services
  • Unbiased Diet, Nutrition, Product Advice - information and payment here >>. 
  • Holistic Diet, Nutrition Wellness Plans - information and payment here >>.
Dog Obedience Training and Behavior Modification Services
  • In-Person sessions - information and payment here >>.
  • On-Line consultation and sessions - information and payment here >>.