What you need to know when traveling with Dogs

Nowadays, dogs have become part and parcel of families especially in America. It is no wonder dogs are not left behind even when families go for vacations. You will see dogs wrapped in ribbons from Pawz and Ribbon in dog parks, doggy spas and in other dog-friendly businesses. When traveling with your dog, it is important to consider, your destination, the activities you will carry out there and the time you will set aside for your dog on a daily basis. If you are not planning to visit pet-friendly destinations, it will be prudent to hire a pet-sitter or leave the pet with a friend.

Below are factors to consider when traveling with your dog:

Dog safety in short car rides

Most accidents occur at home and thus when traveling with your dog over short distances, it is important that you consider their safety. Even though your car is safe for your dog, you should always buckle it up to avoid accidents. You can get accident tested harnesses and/or dog seats to ensure the dog stays safe while traveling in your car. The dog should stay inside and never stick out the head through the window. The dog should be restrained in the back seat and should never ride in the front seat with you.

Long Car Rides

Dogs need to eat regularly and thus you should feed them before the long trip. You should also make stops after every two hours to feed your dog and offer water to it. Always have the dog collars on or just a ribbon from Pawz and Ribbon with the owners name inscribed on it. This ensures that in case of an accident and the dog panics, you will get it back within a short time. Never leave the dog in your car even for a few minutes.

Flying

It is not advisable to fly with your dog. According to Catherine Miller, Anti-Cruelty Behavior Research director, dogs feel insecure flying and will be restless throughout the flight. However, if you must fly with your dog, ensure it is small enough to stay on the cabin with you. The dog should fit beneath your seat. Check with the airline policies before taking your dog with you. If the dog is big, choosing a good courier is important. The dog should be trained to stay for long lonesome hours in the crate. The crate should be comfortable for the dog with water and food for the dog.

Camping and Hotels

If you are going camping or you will be living in a hotel room, check the pet policies of the destinations to ensure that your pet has a place. Never let the dog run loose. There are dangers involved and since the dog loves new environments, you should restrict them. At night, the dog should always stay close to you. If you plan to live in a hotel, carry the dog crate and again have its collar on or a ribbon from Pawz and Ribbon.

 

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Treating joint pains in dogs

Pawz and Ribbon

Pawz and RibbonIf you haven’t kept a dog or any other pet, for a long time, you must be hearing this for the first time but it is certainly a fact that dogs and other animals, just like humans, do suffer from joint-pain. These pains can be really troublesome to animals if not controlled or taken care of at earlier stages. Arthritis – as this pain is commonly referred to, is a disease that any pet keeper cannot afford to take for granted. Once a smart dog keeper realizes that their dog is suffering from this disease, they will definitely want to keep them comfortable including getting the pet a personalized ribbon from Pawz and Ribbon.

 

Personalized ribbons from Pawz and Ribbon will not only make you comfortable to move around, but you will also be in a position to manage or even restrict its movement, particularly if it is suffering from arthritis. But that is not enough to keep this degenerative condition in check.

It is important to make sure you do the following to restore your dog’s good health;

  • Seek medical attention immediately

Once you suspect or see any arthritis symptoms in your dog, the wise thing you can do is seeking medical attention right away. In spite of the fact that arthritis tends to be a bit common in dogs, this condition mainly affects overweight, inactive and aging dogs. Therefore, if your dog falls in any of these three categories, you should be very careful and closely monitor its health.

  • Diet and nutrition

Veterinarians say that diet and nutrition plays a very important role in making sure dogs avoid arthritis or to at least manage this condition. Insufficient minerals and vitamins in dogs’ diets can weaken their immune system and, as a result, making the pet more susceptible in developing arthritis. To avoid that, always feed your dog with a diet full of all the required vitamins and nutrients.

  • Check the food you buy

Did you know that not all dog food have the minerals and nutrients they purport to be having? Yeah, that is right. That is just why you need to check the commercial food you buy for your dog. For instance, you may see certain commercial food being advertised as having human grade meat but that might not be the case. Also, it essential to know that your dog might be in more pain in the event that you feed him with certain food stuff that have too much calories.

  • Engage your dog in regular exercise

As mentioned above, inactive dogs are at higher risk of developing arthritis hence the need to make your dog exercise regularly. That is the point where special ribbons from Pawz and Ribbon come into the picture. The ribbons come in handy when guiding your dog during the training sessions.

However, do not force him to train in case your pet is suffering from severe arthritis. Make sure you subject him to some low-key exercises that will not hurt the pet or worsen its condition.