1. Summer Travel With Your Pet

    July 26, 2015 by admin

    Traveling With Your Pet

    It’s important to plan carefully ahead if you take your pet along with your family on trips, whether it’s a winter holiday trip to visit family or a summer road trip. No matter what your travel plans entail, you can help  ensure that your trip with your furry family member goes as smoothly as possible by taking the below information into consideration.
    Road trips

    Use a pet carrier. A carrier is the best way to transport a pet in a vehicle. An unsecured pet can distract the driver or interfere with safe operation of a vehicle. Choose a carrier that allows your pet to stand up and turn around comfortably, yet doesn’t provide too much room for extra movement.
    Replenish fresh water. Your pet needs access to water at all times—especially on long trips and warm days.
    Take breaks. Most highway rest stops provide designated areas for pets. Your pet will need frequent stops to stretch and eliminate waste. Always keep your pet on a leash and bring bags to dispose of your pet’s waste.
    Keep your pet comfortable. Don’t leave your pet alone in a vehicle on hot days, even if the windows are rolled down. Because a car’s glass traps heat, the vehicle’s temperature can quickly rise to lethal levels.

    Air travel

    Always check your airline’s policy on pet travel and find out what carrier size it allows. Because your pet will most likely travel in the cargo hold area of the plane, it’s best not to travel with a pet during extreme hot or cold weather. If you think that your pet requires a sedative, visit with your veterinarian prior to travel to discuss prescription recommendations.
    Travel documents

    If you cross into another state, you are legally required to obtain a health certificate for your pet no matter how you travel. This certificate is required by the United State Department of Agriculture and can be obtained from your veterinarian. It’s generally valid for 30 days and certifies that your pet is free of diseases.
    Unique considerations for cats

    If you are traveling with cats, take special considerations and precautions with regard to their unique temperament. In general, tranquilizers aren’t as effective with cats as they are with dogs. Typically, the first 30 minutes of any type of travel is the most difficult for cats. For air travel, this translates to the time spent in the airport.
    Need more information?

    Prior to taking your pet with you on any trip, consider whether his or her personality, health status and temperament are well-suited for travel. Speak with your veterinarian about your concerns and make an informed decision about your travel plans.

  2. August 2015 Dog of the Month – Patashka

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  7. To Shave or Not to Shave… That is the question

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    Shave or not?

    pet grooming in summer Although this haircut is certainly eye catching, it might not be the best thing to beat the heat.

    As the summer heat escalates to oven-like temperatures, the thought of donning a fur coat may be unbearable. So how can you help ease your dog’s discomfort during sweat-inducing heat spells? Paw Nation spoke with Beth Recchia, Owner and Director of Furry Tails Grooming Salon and School of Pet Grooming and Kathleen White, Owner of The South Carolina School of Dog Grooming about how to groom your dog’s fur for optimal coolness.

    Here is the question everyone asks: Should pet owners shave their dogs for the summer?
    Some dog owners think their pooch would be more comfortable shaved, but many professionals insist that dogs’ coats are already equipped to deal with hot temperatures. “I believe that all dogs should be left in their natural coat if possible,” said White. “We sometimes have to give in to what the customer wants, but a dog’s coat insulates them for hot and cold weather.”

    If the owner does prefer to pare down the fur, which type of haircut is best for dogs in the hot weather?
    Hair styles do vary by breed, but Recchia recommends a generic “buzz cut” for her furry clients rather than shaving. “It’s a very short cut which removes excess fur, thus preventing shedding,” she tells us. “[Dogs] are much easier to bathe over the summer with less fur, and it’s also great for preventing ticks and fleas. You can spot pests much more easily.”

    White advises her customers to allow the groomer to leave some fur for sunburn protection and insulation.

  8. March 2015 Dog of the Month – Lilly

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  9. February 2015 Dog of the Month

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