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Proper dog care when going on trips with your dog

Dogs are indeed some of the best companions, which is why we tend to take them with us everywhere we go. Whether we’re driving to the store or heading across the country, having our friend there to keep us company is always a great comfort.

But despite the characteristics, little trips or long journeys, there is always the concern of keeping you and your pup safe during these adventures. The road can often be unpredictable, especially with the winter weather approaching. So, it’s up to us as loving dog owners to keep our pets safe from all dangers.

Keeping it fastened

Consider the endurance trip. You’re out for a long ride, which can be stressful on your dog who is constantly crated up. You might think they’ll be okay sitting in the back cargo area or lying in the back seat, but the truth is, free-roam can be dangerous. In the case of an accident or abrupt stop, they can become a projectile in an accident, injuring themselves or others.

And though we humans are accommodated with seatbelts, those are not always enough to keep a dog safe and secure. Safety harnesses are growing in popularity and versatility. Some target comfort, while others focus on a technical approach. It’s important to be sure your dog is comfortable in them, but you also need to be sure that they are going to be safe as well. Not all dog safety harnesses are designed equally and there are no rules or guidelines to regulate their safety or security.

In some cases, it may be necessary to locate a harness composed of a stronger material- like leather or chain. Dogs can quickly chew through cloth or nylon, especially if they don’t want to be held down. Utilizing a sturdier safety device is the best solution, though using a chew-deterrent could also help for puppies who enjoy nibbling on everything.

The ultimate goal is to keep them safely secured in their seats. This means that you don’t want them falling into the foot-well and getting injured. Be sure that your harness holds your dog to the seat and doesn’t just attach them to a location. Vehicle safety devices are designed to work together, so be sure that both areas are incorporated into the harnesses design (some will attach to opposite sides of the vehicle and may not be as effective). Though they may be harnessed in, that doesn’t mean they can’t slip or slide around the area. In some cases, such as leather seats, things can get slippery or even destroyed. A towel or cushion would provide additional traction during turns and regular driving.

Crates

Then there is the crate, which will definitely keep your dog in place during the trip. Secured in the crate does have its setback for active dogs though. Some may whine and want out, which can be a distraction while driving. Additionally, you will regularly need to let your dog out during long trips so they can stretch their legs and relieve themselves. Don’t neglect the necessities!

Dangers in the vehicle

Perhaps one of the most underestimated dangers of having a dog in the car is the vehicle’s safety devices- primarily the airbags. These are designed for adult humans, not dogs or any other creatures.

This is why it’s especially important that you don’t carry dogs in your lap, even the smaller ones (force multiplies their weight during a sudden stop; a 5 pound dog becomes a thirty pound dog at more than 30 mph impact). Additionally, it’s very dangerous for both you and your dog because if the airbag is deployed, it can crush your dog into your body.

Additionally, there is always the importance of keeping your dog from being a distraction to you while driving. If they’re harnessed or crated in, they won’t pace between seats. This is a big issue with more active dogs who rarely stay still longer than a second. The open scenery can be enjoyable for the dog, but the distraction they present when trying to spot a critter moving around in the bushes or a bird flying in the sky can distract you very easily. Be sure that you keep them safe and secure before you decide to travel.

Whether you’re taking a short trip to the market or a long trip to a new destination, it’s important that you keep everyone in your vehicle safe. Dogs enjoy going with you wherever you are, but they can only truly enjoy it if everyone makes it there safely.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember.  After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again.  Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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Prepare For Summer Safety

The sun is out, the summer is hot, and your canine companion is panting in the heat. Summer’s official start was just yesterday, Tuesday, June 21st!   Trying to keep your pup safe from the heat can be a pain on its own. But there are other dangers that the summer brings for your four-legged friend. Chemicals, insects and even a cool swimming pool can prove a hazard to your pup’s well-being.

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Pools are dangerous

Around the house, pools can be a danger to your doggy in a number of ways. The pool itself can prove a water hazard to some pups that can’t swim well and fall in. The edge may be too difficult to achieve, and steps may not be available to get out. Make sure that your pup stays away from the danger zone. Maintaining a pool requires chemicals that are poisonous in concentrated doses. Chlorine tablets and other detergents need to stay out of your pup’s reach. Some of the newer pools now use a salt solution to maintain the water. It’s overall much safer, but if your pup begins to drink far too much of it, it can result in dehydration and or salt poisoning. Something that serious would have to be treated by a veterinarian.

Fleas, ticks and worms

Outside your home, bugs and insects of all sorts come with the season. Fleas and ticks are a nuisance that every pet owner is familiar with. These nasty rascals can be quite annoying, carrying dangerous diseases and can make your pup scratch with a fierceness.  Mosquitoes can carry the dreaded heartworm disease that is plenty bad for a canine. There are several different types of preventatives for insects that include food supplements and topical solutions. Get with a veterinarian and find out what kind of repellants would be best for you doggy.

Sunburn

Getting sunburn is common for us humans, but dogs can get burnt as well. Sensitive areas like the tip of their nose and ears are vulnerable to the sun. There are special sun-screens for pups that are safe for the PH level of their skin. Do not leave your sunscreen around for your pup to get though. Licking small amounts off your skin won’t hurt them, but in large quantities, the chemicals in sunscreen can do lots of internal damage to your companion.

Overall, keep your eye on your pup during the summer, make sure he doesn’t get to hot, and is as comfortable as you. Stay cool and keep the dangers out of reach for your mischievous pal.

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