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Camping is one of the most fun activities you and the family can do together. It’s a great feeling getting away from the hassles of modern life for a relaxing weekend, at one with nature with your loved ones. If, like me, when you think of your family, you think of your pet too, then you might want to consider bringing them along for the wild adventure! Our dog loves the freedom, the fresh air, and the new experiences. Your furry friend can benefit from going on a camping trip but you will need to consider some steps to ensure your dog stays safe and you all have a good time.

 

  1. Ensure Your Dog Is Properly Trained

 

The possibility of overstimulation is increased exponentially in a camping environment. The birds to chase. The crisp, fresh air. The different smells! All of it leads to your dog being more likely to run wild. Make sure your dog is trained to obey commands. Losing your dog is the one guarantee to ruin your camping trip and having your dog misbehaving could easily cause trouble for you with other campers.

 

If you’re feeling brave, or silly, and want to take a puppy camping, then make sure you are ready to spend most of your time training them, otherwise it could be a very long trip!

 

  1. Keep Your Dog’s Vaccinations Up To Date

 

This should be something you should do regularly regardless of a planned camping trip, but make sure you have this ticked off a while before your trip incase of last minute bad reactions. Here’s a few other things you should consider to ensure your dog is in tip-top condition before a fun adventure!

 

  • Make sure your dog is microchipped
  • Check your pet insurance is up to date
  • Obtain your dog’s veterinary records
  • Get your dog a check up to ensure they’re fit to travel
  • Get the number of your veterinary in case of emergency
  • Find out the nearest vet to your campsite
  • Administer preventative flea and tick treatments
  • Check leads and collars for damage
  • Pack a first aid kit (LINK: http://notquitewild.com/outdoor-gear/whats-in-a-first-aid-kit/) for your furry friend!

 

Vaccinations are not only important for the health of your dog, but also important for the health of other dogs that may be at the camp site.

 

  1. Keep Your Dog’s Feet Safe

 

Camping often involves going for long walks. Something your dog will enjoy almost as much as you. The ground however isn’t always safe. While hazards such as glass and cut up aluminium cans will be encountered far less often in the wild, other hazards like sharp sticks, sharp rocks or hot ground, will be far more plentiful. You can stick to areas, or designated paths, which have been cleared and don’t have such hazardous ground when you take your dog for a walk. Alternatively, you could always purchase some foot protectors to ensure that your dog will be safe wherever you decide to walk!

 

  1. Choose An Appropriate Tent

 

While the day time will most likely be full of fun and frivolities for you and your four legged friend, the night time won’t be quite as easy. You might well have plans for the night, but there will come a time when you need to sleep. Unless you’ve brought a camper van with you, you’ll be sleeping in a tent. You’ll need to find the best family tent (LINK: http://notquitewild.com/camping/best-family-tent-reviews/) for yourself, your family, and of course, your dog!

 

It’s not just the size of your tent you need to think about though. You need to make sure that the the material won’t rip as your dog walks around. If your dog is well trained you can limit how durable your tent will need to be, but it is inevitable that there will be some damage, so a highly durable tent is a must. You may also want to choose a tent with an outside awning for shade during the day, as your dog will definitely be napping after running around in the sun!

 

  1. Choose A Camp Site With Other Dogs

 

If it’s possible try to camp at a site that welcomes dogs. Some campsites require you to have your dog on a lead at all times, but this may not be so fun for you or your dog. Ideally, you want your dog to roam free and have fun, so dog-friendly campsites may be a better option!

 

The social aspect of the camping isn’t just important for humans. It is exactly the same for your dog. Give your dog the opportunity to make new friends, whether that’s other animals, or other people. Your dog needs to have fun as well!

 

 

The Final Word

 

Taking your family camping, including your dog, can be a relaxing activity as long as you plan carefully, and take things into consideration. Your dog will have so much fun exploring a new environment, with new sounds, and smells, and they can also be a great comfort when you’re traveling away from home. The main thing to remember when you’re taking your dog camping is to keep both you and your pet safe, and of course, to have fun!

 

 

About The Author

Heather Adams is a keen camper, hiker and writer for Not Quite Wild (LINK: http://notquitewild.com/) a resource blog for those who may not always get the opportunity to get into the wild everyday but who are wild adventurers at heart! She loves taking her family camping, and could not imagine not inviting her furry family members along for the trip!

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When considering new ways to look after their pets, a lot of people find themselves at a loss. With all of the resources online, the support others can give, and the emotions of your pet, it can be hard to decide the best course of action. To help you out with this, this post will be going through a method which can be used to identify changes which you can make in a dog’s life.

 

This concept is simple; you just have to think about what your dog would ask for if he or she could talk. A little bit of empathy can go a long way when you’re looking after an animal. Unlike a human, they can’t vocalize the way they feel. Instead, you have to put yourself in their shoes, considering how they might feel about the way they live. You can find some examples of this the areas to consider below.

 

Like all animals, dogs are extremely susceptible to certain diseases, conditions, and other health concerns. Without the right care, this part of your dog’s life could easily leave them living with discomfort or even pain. By considering how you would feel if your health were ignored or if you were living with confusing pain you will be able to improve this area dramatically.

 

  • Vets

 

Most dogs hate going to the vets But, if you could ask if they want to be healthy or unhealthy, most would probably want to stay in the best possible shape. Of course, you probably want your dog to be healthy, as well, and there are some very easy ways to achieve this. Regular visits to your vet, along with checkups if you notice anything unusual, will limit the chances of discomfort in your dog’s life by a huge margin.

 

  • Products

 

One of the first things you would notice if your dog were to talk to you would be the stink of their breath. Thankfully, oral care for dogs is simple, and there are loads of products which can help you. Along with this, though, thinking about some supplements to improve your friend’s health could also be a great benefit. You probably take vitamins already. So, it only makes sense to pass on this healthy habit to your pets, too.

 

  • Parasites

 

Imagine living through each day with small bites all over your body. Each day, new bites form, as eggs hatch and more parasites feed on your blood. With fleas and a wide range of other nasties, your dog will be in a lot of discomfort. Looking for signs like scratching can help with this. But, you also have to be prepared to treat the issue right away.

 

It’s unlikely that health and hygiene would be on your dog’s mind for long if they were suddenly blessed with the gift of speech. Instead, they would probably be more concerned with a couple of other areas, like food, exercise, and entertainment. Dogs are too smart to be left without anything to do. Without enrichment in their life, they will often get stressed, depressed, and even frustrated.

 

  • Food

 

If you had to eat the same meal every day, you probably wouldn’t be that happy. Variety makes food exciting, and humans are very good at experiencing the wealth of different foods. Of course, your dog might not have as complex a pallet as you, but they still enjoy some change in their diet. You can often buy dog food in multipacks which contain different flavours. Along with this, though, you could also look into options like dry food or vegetables to add something different.

 

  • Walks

 

Dogs don’t get excited about going for a walk because they want go out and experience nice views or clean air. Instead, they want to hunt, and they want to do it with you, as you are what they see as their pack. This time is very important to your canine friend, and you should endeavour to go for them at least a couple of times a day. The exact frequency of walks you should take depends on the size and age of your dog.

 

  • Extra Play

 

Though they can’t talk, dogs often try to make their intentions known through other forms of communication. Unfortunately, a lot of owners fail to pick up on these attempts, and will often ignore their pet when they’re practically screaming for play. Not only does daily play exercise your dog, but it also strengthens your bond with one another.

 

Being pack animals, dogs are naturally very social creatures. They like to spend time with humans, and will often find ways to do it as often as possible. Along with this, though, most pooches will like to spend time with other dogs, too. This part of their life is very important. Without it, your dog would certainly tell you that they are lonely.

 

  • Other Dogs

 

One of the most important forms of social interaction your dog can have will be with other dogs. Unlike humans, fellow canines will be able to communicate and play in ways which work well for each other. Like people, animals will often form bonds similar to friendship with those they like. This makes it very important to try and find dogs which you can see on a regular basis so that your dog gets the time it needs.

 

  • At Home

 

Your dog won’t be able to spend all of his or her time at the park playing with other dogs. Instead, they will spend most of their time with you, making it very important that you socialise with them as best you can. Websites like TheSpruce can help you to learn about dog communication. This should give you a good idea of what you need to do to be able to give your dog the time it needs.

 

Hopefully, this post will give you a good idea of what can be done when you’re looking for ways to improve the life of your dog. By putting yourself in their position, it will be a lot easier for you to see the areas that are lacking in their life. Of course, though, you also have to think about this from a couple of other angles, too.

Pets can help us a lot in eradicating and keeping us away from stress and anxiety and this is what study says. But how that works? We’re exactly here to know the answer.

There is no doubt that anxiety and stress is really a serious sort of disease which can not only make you ill mentally but also it affects on your physical health level. It’s especially get more badly, if you already have some anxiety disorders or you always ready for it and get anxieties a lot. Often, there is nothing to think about that works really, as you keep thinking about a particular event, incident or thing but focusing on something else can help a lot to manage it.

It is also true that different people have different natures, it is possible that a technique might work for you but at the same time it doesn’t work for someone else but sometime pet can help you in getting rid of the mental disorder kind of issues as it will convert your thoughts to something else, you will be busy in doing a lot more with your pet and by this way you won’t get much time to think negatively or about that thing which is disturbing you.

It is true as well that pet’s can’t talk nor they can understand anxiety or state of mind of a person but they always ready to take the first step where humans don’t much often. To be honest, trust me if you will or you have a pet, you can do wonders. The best thing is there are different dog kinds and multiple breeds of cat; you can select the one which attracts you.

Right here below, I’m going to discuss few things that can really help you in curbing anxiety and I’ll explain how the phenomena work actually. Let’s start it, hope you will enjoy reading this article.

 

A pet is playful and always ready to play with you.

As I said, having a pet can do wonders in the case where you are. If you’ll have a pet, you will not feel alone and you’re not alone to think of your personal and domestic issues, A research says people who have pets at their house or with them, they are seems to be calm and having pet itself is calming for many people, although even if you don’t have anxiety issues,

Actually, in such hard time, when you’re sad, frustrated and hopeless inside because of anxiety and feeling really stressed, if you have pet and he approaches you, want to play with you.

At first you will ignore but they will not let you alone, you will look at their cute and innocent face and this is how you will start playing with him and this thing can truly bring you back to normal. All you need is a partner, who never get tired with playing you and you can spend a good time with.

 

You’ll have a good listener, who will just listen but will not give advices back.

People can have different assumptions about you, they are not at your place, they do not understand your state of mind nor can everyone understand anxiety. Other people often think that they are super hero and can fix you. But you don’t need any sort of advice from anyone, you just want to express and tell what you are going through and what you are feeling right now.

You need a good listener, who just listens to you and don’t give advices back to you. You will not find such guy so easily. Sometimes, taking advices are good for you, it helps too but maybe you are the state where you hate it.

What a pet do wonders is that, they will don’t give lectures and advices nor they will try to fix you up but you can tell whatever you want to say for hours and hours, you can express whatever you want. It will help you in a way that words which were disturbing you and eating you inside, you just let them get out of your mind through your mouth.

That’s what all you need, you will feeling far better than before, a relaxation will what you get. You will not have to hide anything within you as you got a lovely friend.

All you need is distraction and this actually they do.

 

When you are in anxiety, small feelings can get bigger in no time, things are smaller but it gets bigger in the state of anxiety and stress. You’re focusing only on your problems that coming in your mind. It happens but if you will have a pet, your focus will no more on the problems that might you have instead it will divert towards your pet.

Your attention grabbed by pet and you are no more worried about what happened with you last night. You will feel great and calm. Pets need a lot of care, everyone knows so it’s always best thing to take care of him and distract you from negative thoughts.

They need care, food, grooming and your love, sharing loves with someone result in more love from the opposite side. If you will see your pet happy, you will feel happy inside too. So, get a pet and go for a walk with him, your life will become much easier.

You’ll not be all alone at home; someone will always be there with you.

 

Having anxiety and being alone always get things worse and it keep dragging you into it. But at the same time having pet cannot make you to feel alone as he is around you and loneliness becomes thinner and thinner. People with someone around them never feel alone because there is someone you can talk to, share your thoughts and that’s what pet do when you are at home alone and actually you’re not alone at all if you have a pet in your house.

Your pet will never judge you but will love you always.

It’s a great deal if you’re anxious and stressed, tired of everything you do. You need some relaxation. But do you know pet cannot judge you and they will always love you.

They think you are the great and best master in the whole universe and that’s what all you need. You do wrong or right, good and bad, they will still loves you and not going to judge you for your actions and behaviors towards them. That’s what we all need.

 

They can help with meeting new people.

Do you know socializing and interacting with new people can helps you a lot in eradicating and curbing your anxiety and stress? This is what pet do for you. If you walk out with your pet then his cute face will always attract strangers to stop you and tell you that how much he is. A stranger introduce himself, ask pet’s name and you get to know a stranger little and people will keep coming to say hi to your pet and this is how it will help you in socializing and interacting with strangers and new people. You can make new friends as well and it’s easy to do.

 

If you think no one really loves you then your pet loves you.

 

You might feel this often that no one loves nor care about you in real meaning although that’s not really true but your mind is not ready to accept the fact but its fine as well. You’re going through difficult times and people in such conditions thing like that and you are not going believe it easily.

But imagine if you reach your home and pets rush and run to you, no matter what but you can believe in one thing that your pet is the one who loves you the most and he is the one, who will always stand on your side.

Stop Thinking and Get a pet right now.

Whether you’re moving to another state, a different country or just down the block, moving with your dog can be stressful. Packing all your belongings, making sure everything is stacked away safely and crossing off your checklist can be nerve-racking enough. When you add in a dog that won’t sit still, crates and playpens in the combination, things can get even more draining. To come to your help, we’ve hand-picked 10 tips for the big day. Read on to find out how to soothe a stressed dog, how to plan ahead and what you should prepare for your destination.

 

1. Your Dog’s Toys Should Be Packed Last

You don’t want to stress out your dog days or weeks in advance. If they have a favorite room in your house, you should pack it last. This way, the dog will still be in a familiar surrounding while the rest of house is being wrapped up and packed in cardboard boxes. When you do have to pack your dog’s toys, make sure to leave a couple of his favorite out. Your pet might be traveling with you or in a crate but either way, they will benefit from the comfort a familiar toy brings.

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2. Take Your Dog Out for Moving Day

When moving day rolls around, it might be a good idea to take your dog for a long walk or even take it to a friend’s place (if they are familiar and comfortable with that person). On moving day, your house will probably be filled with people coming and going, furniture being moved around with loud noises. If possible, take your dog out or take them to a vet’s boarding. This will protect them from the stressful noise and unfamiliar faces in their environment.

 

3. Consider Using Professional Services for Relocation

Moving day is not only stressful for your dog, it’s bound to take its toll on you as well. From dealing with suitcases, documents, and specific crate sizes, figuring everything out can be time consuming and energy depleting. If you want the moving process to go as smooth as possible for both you and your dog, trust a professional pet relocation company with helping you out and relieving the load. They are fully equipped to handle all types of relocations, dogs of different sizes and breeds, all needed documentation and mandatory vaccines.

 

4. Grab a Baggage Cart in the Airport

You might not need a baggage cart for your suitcases on wheels, but transporting your dog in a crate can go much smoother if you use a cart. Regardless of your dog’s size, it can be cumbersome to wheel your luggage, hold on to your passport and also carry your dog. The cart comes in handy and gives your pet a smoother ride.

 

5. Introduce Your Dog to the Crate Weeks in Advance

If you’re using your own car to relocate, you still need a crate for your dog. And if you are flying to your new home, you definitely need to transport your pet in a crate that follows the airline’s guidelines. Since your dog will be spending hours in his crate, it’s always good to introduce him to it in advance. This way, he will be familiar with the new space and even warm up to it. You can crate train your dog either by leaving the crate out and waiting for him to step inside it on his own or by placing a familiar toy or blanket inside. This will encourage your pet to go inside and explore, without feeling like they are being forced into unknown areas.

 

6. Take the Dog for Car Rides in His Crate

Dogs thrive on routine so the big moving day is bound to disrupt their lives and bring about a lot of stress and anxiety. You can help reduce your dog’s anxiety levels by getting him acquainted with car rides. Increase the length of the rides gradually so that your dog can adjust to the new settings and sensations. This can be beneficial even if your dog will embark on a plane journey since he gets the chance to feel comfortable in a small, confined space and learn that you will be there to comfort him at the end of the flight.

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7. Be Prepared on Moving Day

Give your dog a light meal before embarking on a car ride or flight. Consult your veterinary and find out if there are any special dietary requirements you must take into account. When you’re traveling, you should have your dog’s microchip number and medical records with you. If your dog is not traveling with you, make sure to write your name, address, and phone number on the crate.

 

8. Make Sure the New Place Is Pet-Proof

In all of the excitement and stress of moving, it’s easy to forget to check if your new home is fully prepared to house a dog. If you’re renting, make sure you have approval to bring in a pet. Not all landlords accept all types of breeds. If you’re moving into a house, you should always check the fence to make sure there are no gaps to allow your dog to sneak out and run away.

 

9. Introduce New Things Gradually

Even after the moving day is over, your dog can still experience stress and anxiety. Rather than overwhelming him with dozens of new places at once, introduce everything gradually and give him time to explore and adjust to everything at his own pace. For instance, when you go out for walks, explore the neighborhood bit by bit. Allow your dog to become familiarized with a block or two before you go any further.

 

10. Explore Safely

While your dog is still adjusting to new territory, always keep safety in mind. Use a harness and leash and help him discover things he might not have seen before. Be there for him when he meets the neighbors, both human and canine, so you can both make new friends at the same time.

When you have a dog that is pining for a little canine companionship, it can be really easy just to head to the rehoming center and pick up a new pooch. But ensuring everyone at home is happy with the new addition isn’t nearly so easy. Sure, they might have got on great at first. Now you need to remember these 6 essentials to make sure everyone stays happy and healthy!

 

  1. Preventative Medicines

You might need to give your current pet their treatment before the next one is due for your new pet. After all, the rehoming center usually takes care of that on the day you pick them up. Check with your veterinarian how to sync the two to make it easier to remember. Use options like Heartgard for dogs that is simple to administer for both your pets, regardless of any difference in weight.

 

  1. Overeating

Dogs like to assert their authority over each other. In fact, when your newest pet arrives, there may be a few tussles while a ‘pecking’ order is established. This is common, but one of the most difficult tussles for you to manage is the one over food. If one of your pets feels it is necessary to sit back while the other eats, there is a chance that both portions will be gobbled up! Keep an eye on this and feed separately if necessary.

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  1. Physical Tantrums

Beyond food fights, there can be growling, barking, and even hitting. Behavioral training can help a lot here, so look up some local classes. Separating the dogs for a while can help too. Of course, if this behavior is directed at the humans in the house, this is a much bigger problem and must be addressed immediately.

 

  1. More Chores For You

Having another pet around means there is another pet to keep clean! This takes extra energy and time on your part. If both your dogs are large breeds, you might also need to walk them separately or wait for some more human help. You’ll have double the work to do picking up after them as well.

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  1. Discounts For Doubles

A good veterinary practice offers a discount or even just a single consultancy fee for bringing both animals in together. However, there will be separate bills for any medication or treatments required. And if you need professional grooming, you may have to haggle for a loyalty discount!

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  1. Give It Time

Do you remember how long it took you to build up trust in your dog not to destroy your house when you went out? You need to start all this again with your new pet. Build up your time away little by little. You need to consider how their behavior will also affect your current canine. What can you do if they fight in your absence? Make sure both have their own spaces where they feel safe. Have you considered using a pet monitor? What are the biggest challenges you might face with a second dog?

 

 

Whether you have recently become a dog owner for the first time or you’ve had mutts all your life, it never gets easier to leave your beloved hound behind when you are venturing off on vacation. Your dog may get separation anxiety, and you’re positive that you are afflicted by it too. Every day while you are away, you are worrying yourself silly about how your faithful friend is getting on back home. However, there are ways in which you can mitigate missing your pal.

You may have a cheeky mini chihuahua or a large soppy St Bernard. It doesn’t matter. The love you feel for your pooch is strong no matter what their size. When finding a carer or a place to accommodate your dog when you go away, it’s vital that you consider all of the options.

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Boarding Kennels

 

Some kennels are notorious for being cheap for a reason. Their facilities are poor, hygiene can be shambolic, and the dogs that stay there have a horrendous time. With the advent of review sites on the Internet, it’s easy to check out feedback for the accommodation you’re thinking of sending your mutt to while you’re off on your travels.

Recently, doggy hotels have emerged that give dog owners peace of mind when they are away. Yes, they may cost a little more, but your little pal will be catered for in the same way as a human client at a regular hotel. Pooch pads like the one seen at www.fondren5starpetresort.com will have facilities like a private dog park so that your hound gets plenty of exercise, top quality food with optimum nutrition and a doggy grooming salon. You can head off on your journey knowing that your dog will be pampered and well cared for in a true five-star environment.

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Dog Sitter

 

If you have a particularly nervous pooch, you may not want him to have the stress of moving to an unfamiliar place with other dogs and strange people even if it is just for a couple of weeks. An alternative is to vet some professional dog sitters using a site like www.trustedhousesitters.com. An individual will move into your home and spend most of their days with your dog. They’ll be able to stick to your regular routines, lessening the anxiety for your mutt. You could invite your dog sitter over to your home a few times before your holiday so that your four-legged friend can get to know his temporary housemate.

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Contact

 

When you go on holiday, it’s common to receive pupdates from your dog sitter or doggy hotel just to let you know how your mutt is getting on. One text a day, maybe with a photo, showing your dog enjoying a game of fetch or munching on some nutritious treats can put your mind at rest and lessen your worries.

 

As a responsible and loving dog owner, you want your hound to be well cared for while you are away. Opting for a top quality dog sitter or a spa-like doggy hotel can see your hound enjoying his vacation as much as you end up enjoying yours!

When you or a member of your family are ill, you can usually express what’s wrong. With your dog, it’s not so simple. A dog may be able to show some signs that it’s sick or injured through limping or through a change in their diet, but sometimes the signs aren’t so obvious. Keep an eye out for these not-so-obvious signs that your dog is sick and get them to the vet immediately if you’re concerned.

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1. They’re not behaving like their usual self

Just like when you’re not feeling at your best, you might find that your dog is irritable or isn’t as energetic as they would normally be. Changes in behavior can be a clear indicator that something is wrong with your dog. It might just last a day or several days, but if you notice a change that doesn’t resolve itself, book an appointment with your vet.

2. Changes in their coat

You will be used to knowing the condition your dog’s coat should be in. Longer haired dogs will have coats that are usually full and glossy, while short haired dogs might be coarser. If you notice that your dog’s coat is starting to dull or you notice a rash or skin condition, especially if they’ve not shown similar symptoms in the past – you should keep a close eye and seek help if things don’t improve. Grooming your dog regularly is important for bonding, but it will also to help keep their coat in good condition and alert you to any changes.

3. Their sleeping habits have changed

Once a dog settles into a home, they will usually develop a sleeping routine. You might find that your dog goes to bed when you do, and may have naps during the day as well. If you notice that your dog sleeps longer than usual and that it’s you waking them up rather than the other way around, there might be something wrong. It never hurts to take your dog to the vet for a check over if something’s up, and sussing out a good insurance provider through petinsurance.review can help you out if treatment is needed. Dogs’ sleeping habits will change as they get older, but any sudden changes should be monitored closely.

4. They’re drinking a lot of water

Like us, dogs will drink more water when they’re dehydrated, it’s hot out, or they’ve been for exercise. If your dog seems to be drinking more than you’d expect, it could be a sign that something’s up. Dogs can suffer from a range of different health conditions, including kidney damage and diabetes. Any changes in your dog’s drinking habits should be monitored closely. If your home is too warm or they sleep next to a heating source, try making the area cooler to see if that has any effect.

 

Dogs are usually good communicators when something isn’t right, but you shouldn’t always take this for granted. Keep an eye on any behavior that is out of the ordinary and see your vet straight away if you think your pet is unwell. It’s better to be safe than sorry and could help you diagnose a problem early to get your pooch on the mend.

When it comes to taking a holiday, if you have a pet you’re less likely to go away. And if you do decide to go away, whether out of want or necessity, you have to find someone to look after them. However, dogs should be able to see as much of the world as you! We want man’s best friend to be alongside us in a lot of our special moments, so why not choose a pet friendly holiday for your next trip away? Here’s a few considerations for you and your dog.

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Places You Can Take Your Four Legged Friend

 

England’s National Parks are picturesque and animal friendly, as long as dogs are kept on leashes. A good walking holiday through these areas means you’ll both be in the best of shape and doing something you both love. Dogs always get excited at the prospect of a walk, and basking in nature is plenty relaxing.

 

The US’ National Forests also allow dogs and are a great place to hit up at any time of the year. The leash cannot be any longer than 6 feet however, and dogs aren’t allowed in any swimming areas if you were looking to take a dip.

 

A camping trip always works well for a dog, as they’re unlikely to disturb other people or create messes that are uncleanable. If you have a dog, make sure they’re well behaved around others, and that your tent isn’t too close to anyone else’s.

 

Make sure you check all regulations of your chosen spot before going away however. Rules and guidelines can change quickly, and turning up when you’re not permitted with a dog can be extremely impractical.

 

If You’re Worried About Transporting Your Dog Securely…

 

Dog safety when you’re on holiday is a massive concern. However, there are some steps we can take to make sure they’re as safe as can be. Going on holiday with your pooch isn’t necessarily any more dangerous than taking them for a walk, it’s just a bigger area. So try not to be extra paranoid from the beginning, as you want to relax on your vacation!

 

First of all, make sure your dog has had a rabies shot, as this solves your first peace of mind query. If you’re worried about the initial logistics of going on holiday with your pet, there’s no need to worry! You can travel safely with your dog in one of these, with all sorts of dogs being able to fit inside carriers which come in different styles and sizes. If your dog isn’t microchipped, now would be a good time to invest in that option, as your dog will be a lot easier to find if anything goes awry.

 

Travelling with your pooch is easy and fun to experience, just make sure you’re off to a pet friendly area with all necessary precautions taken. You’ll come home with some great photos and friendly memories, and you won’t feel guilty about leaving your puppy behind.

 

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Gardens are lovely places for your dog to play and relax in. Having said that, it’s also the perfect place to wreak havoc too, like digging up your strawberry plants!

Some gardens can also be dangerous to dogs because of the plants that are growing, due to harmful chemicals or sharp edges.

There are plenty things you can do to make sure your dog can have a safe sanctuary in your backyard. Here’s a few to get you started.

Make the garden exciting

Make different routes around and through your garden so your pup can have an adventure. If you have the space, create some digging spots too to give your dog a bit of stimulation. The more textures you offer your pup, the more fun it will be because it’s giving them all sorts of different experiences into one.

Dogs wee on lawns

A dogs wee can turn your beautiful green grass into horrible patches of yellow. Try and train your dog not to pee on the lawn, but if there’s nowhere else for them to go in the garden, hose the area down straight after. If that option still doesn’t work for you, think about investing in some pet zen garden grass. This is soft and fluffy just like real grass, but it’s synthetic instead, meaning your dog can pee, and nothing will get ruined. And when they do their business, just clean it up with a doggy bag like you usually would.

Plant robust plants

Playful pups can damage your delicate flowers, so if you don’t want this to happen, either create a fence around them or just take them out and replace them with something a lot more robust, than won’t die if it gets knocked around a little. Lavender is a great option and leaves your garden smelling divine.

Keep dogs away from slugs and snails

Be very wary when it’s damp outside, that your dog doesn’t come into contact with any slugs or snails. If your pup ingests these, they may get lungworm which isn’t pleasant. Symptoms include lethargy, difficulty in breathing, and coughing. If you notice any of these, take them to the vets.

Avoid toxic plants

There are many plants out there that are extremely harmful to your furry friends. Buttercups, daffodils, foxglove, oaks, tomatoes, and yew are just a few examples of what to avoid.

If you notice a change in your dog and think they may have eaten something they shouldn’t have, take them straight to the vets just to be on the safe side.

Secure your compost bin

If you have a compost bin in your garden, your dog may be very interested in it, especially if it contains scraps of old food giving off all sorts of different odours. These may be harmful to your pup though, so make sure they can’t break into it.

Keep your shed secure

If you have a shed in your garden, make sure it’s locked up and your dog has no way of getting in. You don’t want them having access to any sharp tools, electrical equipment, or harmful chemicals.

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Is Pet Insurance Right For You?

Is pet insurance right for you? Is it right for your pet? How much will it cost and what does it cover? If you are thinking about purchasing a pet insurance policy but are not sure what you should buy or what type of coverage your pet should have – read the below to find out. Everyone’s situation is unique and there are many options available for you to choose from.

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Three Types of Pet Insurance

In general, there are three types of pet insurance; accident, wellness and comprehensive. Many factors will determine what type of coverage you choose such as breed (some are more prone to certain types of illness), age (older dogs have more health problems and are more susceptible to accidents) and cost (what you can afford). Learn what is available then decide what would be best for you and your pet.

1. Accident Coverage – What if your pet was hit by a car and had to be rushed to the nearest veterinary hospital? Could you afford a potential $15,000 bill for care? Accidents covered in this type of policy also include: broken bones, toxic exposures, swallowed objects and burns

2.Wellness Coverage – Routine care such as vaccinations, worming, dental cleanings and checkups. According to ConsumerAdvocate.org 82% of companies do not include this coverage. It increases the overall policy rate when it is more cost-effective to pay these expenses yourself.

3.Comprehensive Coverage – Pays for accidents and illnesses plus routine care. There may be a cap on the total amount you can claim in a year. You may have to pay the vet or hospital bill yourself, then get reimbursed by the carrier.

It is important to point out that each policy will be different – you need to know what the carrier will cover and what it will not. As the saying goes, ‘read the fine print’.

Some things to think about are: Is an exam by a veterinarian needed? What is the co-pay? How much of the bill will the carrier pay after the deductible? Are pre-existing conditions covered? What about a chronic illness? Is your pet covered while traveling? Does your veterinarian or vet hospital need to be pre-approved by the company?  Are medications covered in the policy?

Some companies will not cover congenital (present at birth) or hereditary (genetic, passed to offspring from parents) conditions. If you are curious what these may entail, read this article to learn about genetic disorders in dogs: The 6 Most Common Genetic Disorders in Dogs. Examples are: hip dysplasia, bladder stones, epilepsy, heart disease and degenerative myelopathy.

Does your short-snouted dog snore or have trouble breathing? He or she may have Brachycephalic Syndrome. This refers to problems with the upper airways and can require extensive care during their lifespan.

This article describes common genetic disorders in cats and the cat breeds (or mixed breeds) that may have them: 7 Common Genetic Disorders in Cats. Examples are: urinary tract disease, diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease and blindness.

What Does a Pet Insurance Policy Cost?

If the thought of purchasing yet more insurance and having a monthly premium to pay makes your skin crawl or break out in hives… you are not alone. Many Americans feel nickeled and dimed to death and lowering their living expenses is a main priority. Can I afford it, may be the primary concern when considering pet insurance.

For those who are not independently wealthy and would not be able to afford a $5000-$10,000 vet hospital bill out-of-pocket, having an insurance policy at an approximate cost of $30-$70 per month may be worth the cost. Others may want to roll the dice and bet on the possibility their dog or cat will never be seriously ill or injured during their lifetime. The choice is yours.

To get an idea of how much it would cost to insure your pet for the type of coverage you want use this online tool: PetInsurer.com – America’s Pet Insurance Comparison Site. Quoted from the Pet Insurer website: “Every six minutes a pet parent pays over $4,200 on vet bills.” Something to think about when deciding whether to buy a policy or not.

Pet Insurance Companies in the U.S.

According to ConsumerAdvocate.org the top three U.S. insurance companies in 2017 that provide coverage for pets are: HealthyPaws, PetPlan and Embrace. Trupanion is another pet insurance company and they do provide some coverage for genetic and hereditary conditions. Each company is different as to what they offer and what they will and will not cover.

You Want the Best For Your Pet

Most pet owners are as devoted to their four-legged family member as parents are to a beloved child. “He or she is part of the family” is how these owners think and feel. Their pet isn’t just an animal, it is a cherished member of the family.

These owners choose to invest in an insurance policy for their dog or cat as they don’t want to ever have to face the heart-wrenching decision of whether to pay for quality medical care or have to euthanize the animal because they can’t afford the treatment. Purchasing a policy is not only responsibly preparing for any situation that may occur during the animal’s lifetime  – it gives peace of mind.

If that sounds like you, research your options, find a policy for your pet that you can afford and then leave your worries behind. Enjoy your time with Fido or Garfield as long as he or she is a part of your life.

Jayson is a writer from Phoenix, Arizona who loves pets!  He is a proud owner of a beautiful puppy and wants to share the joy of pet ownership with others.  He hopes to encourage people to keep their pets happy and healthy year-round.