Category «Pet safety»

Tips on vacationing with your pet

Summer is the perfect time for vacations. Road trips, flying to exotic locations, bus rides to a town near by or boat rides to a island. Anything goes. However if you are a pet owner, then you know how hard it is to make a decision to either take your pet with you on the vacation or leave your furry friend with your family, finds or with a pet sitter. Whatever you decide, your pet will have to make certain adjustments, and since pets, especially dogs often don’t like strangers, I recommend to take your pet with you. And it isn’t even as hard as you think if you know a couple of simple tips.

1. Make sure your pet will be occupied during the vacation


The first thing to remember if you do decide to take your dog with you on your next vacation is to make sure your per will have things to do during it and your canine won’t have to stay in a hot hotel room all day long while you are longing on the beach. Check if the place you will be staying at is pet friendly and has tings like parks or open areas near by where you will be able t take your dog. Also check if your pup can come to the beach with you or do any of the other activities you want to do, since that will ensure that your dog will have plenty to do and won’t be suffering during your vacation.

2. Prepare for the trip

dog laws

Also make sure you do your research and find not only if your pet will have hings to do on your vacation, but also look up animal related laws and restrictions if you are going out of the country. Then of coarse also make sure all of the papers for your pet are up to date and you have the necessary things with you, like leash, mesh carriers and such, so you actually will be able to travel with your pet.

3. Decide on the type of transportation you will be using

dog on a plane

Think ahead of time and figure out which type or types of transportation you will have to use while on vacation and are they suited for your pet. Many say that planes and pups just don’t mix, however I think that hot and long bus rides can be even worse for your pet. So try to figure out the best ways to get to and from your vacation and to move around while on vacation, that won’t leave your pet friend exhausted, overheated or sick.

4. Develop a routine even wile on vacation

dog walkig on a beach

And lastly I would suggest do develop a some sort of routine with your dog even when you are on your vacation. Dogs thrive on routines and they make them feel better, so schedule regular walks and feeding times for your pet, so it knows what’s happening and has something to rely on even if the rest of his life is turned upside down. Also set up a corner in your hotel room or vacation rental for your dog, where you will be feeding him or her and where the pup will be sleeping, and preferably bring things like a doggy blanket and bowls from home, so your canine recognizes them and their smell and can feel a bit better about this whole situation.

Worst things you can feed to your dog

Food is sustenance and we can only last a few weeks without consuming any food, less if we don’t have any water. The same goes for animals, because animals too, can go only a little while without food, in fact in is estimated that the most dogs can go without any food is about 5 days. So we need to feed ourselves and our pets in order to survive. But there are some foods that are absolutely the worst thing you can feed to your dog , so lets look at some human foods that are toxic to dogs.



If you ever think to feed your canine with chocolate, then thing again, because it can be seriously toxic to your pup and it can even cause damage to your dog’s heart and nervous system. Why is that? Well usually chocolate contains such substances as theobromine and theophylline, which are not good for dogs and most likely will cause symptoms like vomiting and panting.



Another extremely dangerous food for dogs is coffee. Yes, you might drink it every day and cannot start your morning without a cup of jo, but to dogs caffeine is basically poison and can cause severe reactions, health problems or in some cases even death. So keep your dog away from your coffee in order to keep him healthy.

Grapes and raisins


Interestingly enough grapes and their dried version raisins are bad for dogs, too. And when I say bad I mean toxic bad, because grapes actually contains substances that can cause liver failure in dogs. There have even be multiple cases where dogs die from just a handful of grapes, because the toxins in them damage their liver beyond repair.

Raw salmon

Raw salmon

Fish can be good for your dog and a great change from the usual meat you give your pup, however be careful with feeding your dog salmon. Raw salmon tends to be infected by a parasite called Nanophyetus salmincola which in return contains bacteria that can be fatal to your dog if you don’t notice the symptoms and don’t treat your dog. If you really want to feed your dog salmon then make sure it is cooked, as the cooking process kills the parasites and the bacteria, making the salmon safe for your canine friend.



Yes, many of us like onions because they add a certain flavor to our food. But onions actually can be deadly to a dog no matter in what form they are. All onion based products, even onion powders or dry onions contain disulfides and sulfoxides, that are poisonous to dogs and cats. So if you love onions, just make sure you keep them away from your pets.

Pet summer safety guide

Summer is probably the funnest time of the year because in summer we can enjoy so many different activities and really bring out our inner adventurer. But summer is also time when many tend to suffer different injuries from heat strokes and dehydration to broken bones and other bumps and bruises. Unfortunately we humans aren’t the only ones who are prone to summer trauma, our pets too can just as easily get a heatstroke or a broken paw, so read this pet summer safety guide to prevent your cute animals from getting injured.

Be wary of heatstroke

dog heat stroke

One of the most common animal summer injury is in fact heatstroke. Many animals have trouble of regulating their body temperature during the hot summer days, since they cannot sweat like us humans can. That is why we need to do everything in our power to avoid our pets getting too hot and developing further overheating symptoms. One of the ways you can do that is to keep the coats of your pets long. Yes, you heard it, you should keep the coats long in the summer too, because pet’s coat actually helps them regulate their body temperature. Just make sure that the coat is well brushed and not tangled, since only then the coat will provide better air circulation allowing your pet to regulate their body temperature. On top of that also try to avoid walking your pet in the hottest time of the day. Usually temperature is the highest somewhere between noon and four p.m. which is why you should get into the habit of walking your pet before and after these periods. In summer I would recommend to walk your dog in early morning before the heat has hit and then in the evening when the temperature is cooling down again to really let your pet enjoy the walk not wishing for it to be over sooner.

Invest in a pet life-jacket

life jacket

If you like to spend a lot time on or in the water during the summer and usually your pet is whit you, then I would recommend to invest in a pet sized life-jacket. This will not only ensure that your pet is safer while in the water keeping you dog above the water, but a life-jacket will also make sure that your pet can be seen even from a further distance, so if your pet gets lost he or she will be seen by swimmers or other boaters and get rescued. Just make sure that you let your pet adjust to the life-jacket at first, since it can be very uncomfortable at first. Speaking of rescue, I would also make sure to monitor your pet in the water just like you would monitor a child, since not all pets are strong swimmers. And also teach your pet how to get out of the water, be it a pool or a lake, especially if your dog is still a puppy, because this will make sure that your pet knows how to get out of the water once it is necessary for him or her.

Know what you plant in your garden


And lastly also be sure that you know that all of the plants and flowers you are planting in your garden where you know your pet will spent a lot of time are pet safe. For example make sure you don’t plant any azaleas in your garden since they can be very toxic to pets if they ingest them. Also I would avoid planting lilies in your garden if you are a cat owner, because their pollen can cause kidney problems for them. And finally make sure you know what type of plant food you are using, since ones that contain insecticides or other chemicals can be fatal to some animals.

Tick prevention for dogs

Bugs such as ticks are a huge worry for humans, because ticks in particular carry many harmful diseases, that can make us sick for a ling while and damage our health for the rest of our lives. However, ticks can be just as harmful to pets, too, since some of the diseases also are bad for dogs, cats and other pet. On top of that they are extremely hard to remove, so it is better to prevent your pets from getting ticks in the first place. And there are some simple thing you can use to do it.

The first thing you can do to prevent ticks from latching onto your pet is you can use different external preventatives. Many people say to just limit your pets from snooping in tic infested areas, but man times pets get ticks even by running around your backyard, so in my opinion it will be much more efficient to just use something so your pet doesn’t attract so many ticks than to don’t let your dog or cat roam your garden or yard. One of the external preventative options is a herbal tick powder or spray, that is made with different plant based oils that are natural tick repellents. You can even make these types of powders or sprays yourself by mixing just a couple of simple ingredients and dusting or spraying your pet with the mixture. The other thing that you can use is a tick collar that could even be an easier fix, as sometimes animals don’t like to stand still and wait while you treat them with a tick repellent. But if your pet is one of the rare ones who like bathing then you can even use a tick shampoo on your pet before the tick season and then a couple of times during it. The shampoo will not only repel ticks but also will remove the ones that are already attached to your pets skin, which also can be very helpful.

For the best results, experts suggest using a couple of different tick repelling and prevention product together, as that way you will be able to provide your pet with the best protection. So on top of using a one or a few different external preventives, you can also use ones that your pet actually need to consume. It is believed that things like Garlic and Apple Cider Vinegar are able to make your pet’s blood less attractive to ticks. Just don’t feed your animal a large amount of garlic or vinegar, as that can harm its health. You can add about two table spoons of apple cider vinegar to your pets food or water or just mix a small amount of garlic in its food, and you pet should be more resistant against ticks.

Help your pet survive the summer heat

In the summer, there are many occasions when temperatures rise beyond warm and then we all are searching for ways how to cool of and survive the heat. But pet owners have additional struggle during the heat waves, as they have to find ways how to help their pets t cool off, so they, too, don’t suffer from heat stroke or other heat related illnesses. So here are some tips on how to protect your pets from the heat.

Heat strokes in animals occur when their normal body temperatures rise so high that their bodies cannot lower it to a normal temperature anymore. And since most pets like dogs aren’t able to sweat, it is quite hard for them to deal with their heat. So one thing any pet parent can do to prevent your pets from getting a heat stroke is to give your furry friend plenty of water. Dogs and cats need to hydrate especially in hot weather just like us humans do, so make sure you refill the water bowl of you cat or dog so that your pet is as happy as he can be during the heat.

Another thing to remember is to not let your pet on hot surfaces for long periods of time. Asphalt and cement especially heat up a great deal during the summer and since your pets don’t have the protection of shoes and they are naturally closer to the ground, they can suffer from the heat that is radiated off of these surfaces. So if you can keep the walks to the minimum or walk your pet in a shaded area with a trail or grass for surface, so your dog or cat doesn’t burn their paw pads and don’t receive unnecessary heat from the ground.

Anybody who has grow longer hair in the summer knows that the longer your hair is, the hotter it is for your head. The same goes for animals, so, if it is possible, try to give your pet as short of a haircut as you can. This way it will be easier for your pet to deal with the heat. Just don’t shave your pet, as pets need at least inch long fur, so their skin doesn’t get sunburn.

dog swimming

On top of that you can also bring your pet to your local pond or river for a swim or mist cool water of your pet. This way you can also help to bring your pets body temperature down, which will ensure that they don’t overheat and don’t require veterinary assistance.

Dog owners also shouldn’t muzzle their pets when it is very hot outside, as that will restrict their ability to pant. And since panting is one of the main ways how dogs cool off their body temperature, muzzling can prevent your dog from getting some much needed cooling off and therefore rise the chance of your dog getting a heat stroke.