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A Dog Parent’s Guide To Safe Summer Travel

Written by Indiana Lee

Summer’s here and it’s time to get out of the house and take those warm-weather vacations that we all love. It’s an opportunity to enjoy time with your family, and that may include your dogs as well. If your pets are partial to traveling, you can take them along for the ride, but caution and proper preparation are necessary. 

If you’re planning to take your pup on your next adventure, then heed these tips to make it a fun and safe experience for everyone.

Plan Accordingly

If you plan to bring your dog on vacation, then you need to start planning ahead of time to ensure all of your pet’s needs are met during the trip. Make sure to pack their identification and documentation so they can be found if they get lost. Also, bring at least one tagged collar and have your pup wear it at all times. If your dog has a microchip, ensure it’s working properly. 

If your travel includes a camping trip or other outside adventures through forests or parks, it’s important to have your pup up-to-date on all of their shots. For travel outside of the country, bring proof of all vaccinations and obtain a medical certificate if you plan to fly. No matter how you plan to travel, you should bring a first aid kit that you can use in case of emergencies.

Be prepared to take care of your dog’s basic needs. Bring their waste bags, toys, and enough treats to keep them happy and healthy. During travel, hydration is especially important for people and pets alike, so bring their water bowl and extra bottles of water if you have the opportunity to do so. 

Keeping your pet comfortable and safe during the hottest weather is also important. Never leave your dog in the car, give them plenty of water, and save your outdoor adventures for the early morning or evening when the temperatures are more bearable.

Practice Car Safety

An epic road trip can create memories that you and your dog will remember forever. It’s important to avoid the most dangerous times to drive, which include the late evening and afternoon, especially if you are in an area where there are a lot of commuters. The more cars that are on the road, the more dangerous it is. Do your best to be off the road and at the hotel or a nearby attraction during those times.

Before you take your dog on a long car trip, you need to verify that your pet is comfortable riding in a vehicle for long periods of time. If you’re unsure, practice before the trip. You can do that by taking your furry friend for a shorter trip around the neighborhood and then taking longer trips every day to see if your dog gets less fidgety. If your dog seems comfortable but gets restless from time to time, you can plan a route that involves plenty of opportunities to stop so you can both get out and stretch your legs. You can also take your pet for a long walk before the trip so they can work out some of their anxiety.

Flying With A Pet

If your vacation requires a flight, you’ll want to take extra precautions with your dog. Firstly, call the airline before you buy your tickets and ask if they have any unique guidelines or paperwork that you need to bring with you during the flight. Just like the car, you need to verify that your dog is comfortable with flying and won’t panic. Visit your vet before you leave and get a check-up, and they will tell you if there are any red flags.

On the day of the flight, you can prepare your pup by feeding them early enough so that they are satisfied but not too much or too close to the flight, or they may get an upset stomach during the trip. Again, let them get plenty of exercise so they are less anxious and more likely to sleep during the flight. Finally, make sure to buy a large enough pet carrier so that your dog is comfortable. Have the pup sit in it before the flight so they can get used to it.

If it looks like your dog will be too stressed to enjoy a trip, you may need to leave them at home in the care of a pet sitter. If you do, provide as much information about your dog as possible, including their medical history and your pet’s recall, so the sitter can easily call them back if your pooch escapes.

It is possible to have a fun and safe trip with your furry friend. Consider the tips mentioned here and create memories that you will treasure forever.

About the writer: Indiana Lee is a freelance writer and journalist with a wealth of experience in blogging, content marketing, and journalism.

How to Keep Your Dog Safe In The Car

According to Pet Pro Supply, 84% of dog owners do not keep their pets properly restrained when traveling with them in a car. 

Some dog owners might think that keeping their pet restrained while riding a car could make them feel uncomfortable. However, driving with your pet unrestrained can put them in harm’s way if you have an accident.

In a car crash, an unrestrained pet could be hurled forward and hit the back of a seat or the dashboard. This collision could injure or even kill your dog.

You should, therefore, always keep your “pawsengers” restrained in a car whether you’re going to an outdoor adventure or just bringing them to the park. We will now run through some of your options for keeping your dog restrained in your car in this article.

1. Dog Harness Seatbelt

You can keep a larger dog safely restrained in your car by having them wear a dog harness and attaching the harness to your car’s seatbelt.

Dog harness seatbelts have a tether that can be attached to your car’s seatbelt to keep your dog from moving and tumbling off the seat in the event of a sudden stop. 

This form of car harness is best for well-behaved dogs who can stay in one place for extended periods of time since it restricts their movement.

It should not be used with energetic dogs because they may get restless if restrained, and this can be distracting when you are driving.

It should also only be used for dogs weighing above nine kilograms as smaller dogs are not heavy enough to make the seatbelt taut if they suddenly lurch forward. 

2. Zipline Harness

A zipline harness is suitable for active dogs who need to move about while riding in the car.

It is made up of two mechanisms: the harness that your dog wears and the “zipline” which is usually a short leash attached to any two fixed points in the car.

The harness secures your dog to the zipline, while the zipline allows them to move around in the rear of the car in a controlled manner.

It’s critical to keep the harness just long enough to allow movement while keeping it short enough to keep your dog from hurtling forward when you step on the brakes.

3. Passenger Seat Hammock

A passenger seat hammock gives a pleasant spot for your dogs to lie down in the back seat and creates a barrier between the front and rear seats.

It’s best for older dogs who need to lie down the majority of the time because it keeps them from falling off the seat and catapulting forward.

4. Plush Carry Box

A plush carry box serves as a booster seat which is fastened to the car seat with a safety harness to keep your dogs secure. 

It’s ideal for dogs who are too little to wear a normal harness and who enjoy looking out the window.

It’s also perfect for anxious dogs because it allows them to see their owners and their environment.

Make sure your plush carry box is big enough for your dog to sit and lie down in. You can also keep them entertained by placing their favorite toy in the box.

5. Crate

Hard-sided crates are one of the best ways of securing your dog in the car while traveling because of their sturdy structure.

Crates can protect your dog from flying debris and prevent them from being tossed during an accident. 

Their solid build, however, may also cause discomfort to your dog when confined inside the crate for a long time. Therefore, you should place a soft blanket inside the crate to ensure that your dog is as comfortable as possible.

You should also make sure that the crate is large enough for your dog to move around in.

If your dog is not used to being confined, you should think about alternatives to a crate for keeping them safe in the car. Keeping them in a crate may upset them, thereby creating a distraction for the driver and increasing the risk of an accident.

The Takeaway

There are many options for keeping your dogs safe when traveling in a car. Some methods may or may not be effective for your dogs. You should, therefore, explore different approaches and see which one is the best for your dog.

It is also a good idea to consider getting a health care plan for your pet so you’re always covered in case of an accident.

This article was contributed by Mike Skoropad. Mike is the CEO of automotive parts retailer United Tires.

Essentials You Should Never Forget When Planning for an Outdoor Adventure in Autumn

Fall is the perfect and prettiest time to be outdoors! Here are our top essentials you should never forget when planning for an outdoor adventure in autumn.

Autumn is the perfect time to be outdoors. The weather is on the cooler side, the colors are spectacular, and fall festivals and activities are in full swing. 

Whether you’re looking for something to do with the family, friends, your furry friend, or alone, autumn is full of possibilities. 

Here are 5 essentials you should never forget when planning for an outdoor adventure in autumn! 

Layers 

Whether you’re hiking, camping, or going for an open water kayaking adventure, layering your clothing is essential in autumn. The weather can change at the drop of a hat, with temperatures varying from 35 degrees in the morning to 75 degrees by the afternoon. 

Take items of clothing that are lightweight, waterproof, windproof, and that insulate your body heat. This will allow you to adjust your layers based on the weather and the activity that you’re doing. 

But most importantly, you’ll be able to stay dry and warm!

Protection Gear 

Make sure to pack a hat, sunscreen, and wear your sunglasses when you’re spending a few hours outdoors. This will help to limit your exposure to harmful ultraviolet rays, which can lead to sunburn even in cooler weather. Depending on the activity and time of day, you should reapply sunscreen every two hours.

If you’re going to be hiking trails, take a GPS device and personal locator beacon with you. Not only can this help you find your way back to camp, but the personal locator beacon can alert emergency services if you need help while in the backcountry. 

A personal locator beacon will work even in remote areas where you may not have cell phone coverage. 

Fishing Gear 

Autumn is one of the best seasons for fishing, because the cool water temperatures lead to fish biting as they feed before winter. 

If you’re hiking or camping, this would be the perfect opportunity to either catch your own dinner or teach the kids how to fish. Pack your best freshwater spinning reels to lure in largemouth bass, walleye, pike, trout, and other popular catches. 

After a day of catching fish, you can relax around a crackling campfire surrounded by your loved ones. If you happen to be going coastal instead of inland, you can take your best fly reel and do some saltwater fishing. 

A Multi-Tool 

If you’re going to be going on a day hike or a long multi-day trek, you should take a multi-tool with you. You never know when you may need to fix something, and you’ll be happy to have it with you should a situation arise.

You may have to cut through some tangled fishing line, use the pliers to fix a jacket zipper that’s stuck, or open cans and bottles. Whatever the situation is, you’ll be prepared.

First Aid Kit 

A first-aid kit is a must-have safety item for any outdoor adventure. 

Make sure that your first aid kit contains an assortment of bandages, gauze pads, medical tape, antiseptic wipes, and antihistamines for allergic reactions. You’ll also want to include tweezers, bug spray, and an insect sting treatment. 

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Pet Supplies 

Pack a separate first aid kit if you’re taking your dog with you outdoors. Stock your pet’s first aid kit with similar items to your human kit and don’t forget your pet insurance details

Other supplies you should pack for your pooch include a comfy travel bed and blanket, dog booties (to keep their feet safe from hazards and warm in cooler weather), their food, some treats, and their harness and leash. 

Don’t get complacent and let your dog off-leash when other people are around, or if they spook easily or get overly excited in open spaces. Keep them leashed and safe! 

Also, do some research on keeping your pet safe on adventures. Consider using a platform like FirstVet to get advice on-the-go if you need. Make sure they always have enough water even in cooler weather and don’t be afraid to call the vet if you’re worried. 

Enjoy Every Autumn Moment 

Whether you’re out in the great outdoors alone, with loved ones, or with your dog, don’t forget to be grateful for the beautiful weather and amazing nature surrounding you! Autumn only comes once a year, so make the most of it while it’s around. Enjoy!

Interesting Sports That You Can Enjoy with Your Pet

Who said that you couldn’t stay active with your pet?

Today, more and more sports are becoming inclusive. Doing sports with your dog not only boosts overall wellness but strengthens your bond as well. Whether you have a hyperactive canine or a playful feline, there are plenty of activities that both of you can enjoy keeping their tails wagging.

To help you create lasting memories outside, here are some fun sports that you can enjoy with your four-legged companion:

Golf

Who would have thought that you can hit some golf balls with your dog cheering on you?

Just in case you missed it, there are a lot of dog-friendly golf courses today. In fact, our canine companions have been joining humans on the greens for decades already. So, if you’re a dog parent who loves playing golf, then what’s stopping you from bringing along your canine caddie?

While you’re busy practicing your swings, let your dog watch you or toss a tennis ball before you hit a golf shot. If you’ve finally decided to bring your dog with you, your driver or club would no longer be the most essential item in your golf bag—now, it’s your dog leash, dog treats, and tennis ball. These items will surely save you a lot of headaches on the golf course.

So, put your golf shoes on and seek a beautiful adventure with your pooch in a dog-friendly golf course near you!

Hiking

We all know that dogs make excellent trail companions. However, not a lot of us appreciate that hiking is for cats too.

With more and more cat parents training their feline friends on leashes, it’s becoming common to see a courageous cat braving the trails in the woods.

If you have an outdoorsy dog, hiking is a great way to appreciate nature, be active, and have fun together.

If you have an active feline companion, this is the purr-fect moment for you to indulge in a new outdoor activity. Hiking can also reduce boredom-related behavior problems and fight obesity.

Remember: Hiking isn’t for all dogs and cats. Your pet needs to be comfortable in the outdoors, on a leash, and with strangers. Your pet should be in good physical condition as well.

Walking

Nothing beats the classic leash walking. If the two aforementioned sports require too much effort on you and your pet’s end, then regular walking sessions would suffice. Leash walking gives you control of where and when your pet is going, which will help hone their obedience.

For cat parents, it may be challenging to train your cat to walk on a leash at first. Stop forcing your pet the moment you observe that they don’t like being on a leash.

Frisbee

Accommodate your pet’s flair for fetch through a frisbee game. There are many great things to love about frisbee. For instance, you don’t have to go to a secluded area as you can easily play it in your backyard or local park. It’s also fun to throw a frisbee, plus your pet will love—and stay active and healthy—fetching it for you.

All the running and catching will keep you and your pet physically and mentally stimulated. Not only that, you can have fun watching your dog run, jump, bite the disc in mid-air, and return it to you!

Conclusion

If ever you’re feeling lazy to stay active, may this article remind you there are ways you can make it fun and fulfilling with your pet. So whether you’ve decided to hit some golf balls or hike with your pet, now’s the perfect time to do it.

4 Noteworthy Activities to Do During the Spring with Your Pet

Spring comes as a great relief after long, unforgiving winters. Daffodils come into bloom, the smell of freshly-trimmed grass makes for a welcome scent, and your canine companion can’t quite get enough of the outdoors. 

Between keeping your dog healthy as the temperature rises and indulging in a handful of spring cleaning, here are four pet-focused activities that deserve to be on your April to-do list. 

Fish for Bass

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but just ask Fishing Fido. If your outdoor-loving pup is a natural at “sit,” “stay,” and “drop it” commands, there’s no reason they can’t learn to angle alongside you. 

Sporting breeds, in particular, have a knack for bass fishing and even duck hunting. When teaching your dog to fish, establish boundaries with your gear. Keep dangerous materials, such as hooks or lures, away from your four-legged angling assistant. Reels and tackle boxes, when sealed, are a little more pet-friendly. 

Teach them appropriate boat manners—not every dog will take to the water as naturally as others. Finally, familiarize your pup with the target species. Consider which game fish put up a bigger fight. 

Go for a Dip

If you live in a coastal area, there is no more popular activity than a beach trip. Alternatively, landlocked residents can hit hiking trails adjacent to freshwater lakes and rivers. 

Keep in mind that not every dog owner will consider the potential dangers of beachgoing—so you’ll want to review these safety tips. First, you’ll want to keep your dog hydrated. While it may seem counterintuitive to pack several water bottles when you’re hitting the beach, saline water can pose severe health issues. 

Second, keep your pet protected from the sun with dog-specific sunscreen. Keep their eyes doubly covered with a hat or umbrella. 

Finally, supervise your dog’s swimming activity. Take frequent breaks and keep an eye out for coral, jellyfish, and other hazards.   

Plan a Pet-Centered Holiday

Nowadays, pet-friendly accommodation is all the rage. If your Easter holiday calls for a trip across the state or country, destinations such as San Diego, Albuquerque, Sedona, or Key Largo are rife with pet-focused activities. 

If you and your dog are avid beachgoers, consider hitting the Dog Surfing Competition in San Diego, which draws in competition from the Americas, Europe, and Asia. For the more daring duo, you can take on one of many challenging trails in the mountains of Sedona. 


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Enjoy a Staycation

Who says a well-planned staycation with your couch-surfing pup can’t be as rewarding as an extravagant trip statewide? A makeshift garden course makes for simple and fresh off-leash fun. An active dog will never object to an afternoon of frisbee or competitive tug-of-war session, no matter the occasion. 

If you live in a smaller apartment, consider a pet-safe bake-off or brand-new puzzle toys. 

Bring on the Springtime

Whatever the case, there is no springtime activity your dog won’t enjoy. If heading out of town, ensure that your pet is in shape via a veterinary tele-consult.  

Otherwise, there are dozens of other ways to enjoy the fresh breeze, a kiss of sunshine, and the tickling scent of freshly-bloomed flowers from within your area.