Traveling with Your Dogs- Travel Animal Doctor

Traveling with Your Dogs- Travel Animal Doctor

If you are planning to travel with your dogs, there are some things you should keep in mind. Are you planning a long road trip with your dogs? After years of traveling with dogs, I have learned there are some essential things to bring along. Follow along for 13 quick veterinary tips for traveling with your dog: 1. Buckle Up Safety first! Remember to put on their seat belts before you start your drive. When dogs get excited they may try to get in the front seat with you or impede your driving. 2. Car Seat Covers Are you concerned about getting fur all over your clothes? Do you pick up friends in your car and get embarrassed with the fur they get on their clothes from your car? Avoid getting hair all over the backseat by purchasing a car seat cover for your car. 3. Portable Water There are a number of bowls that you can keep in your car so that when you are on the move, your car can stay hydrated. I have seen a number of water bowls made out of material that can easily fit in a a car seat pocket. We use a water bottle with a lid that turns into a bowl from which Jade can drink. We also keep a collapsible bowl in a car seat back pocket. 4. Avoid Toxins Prevent unintentional pet poisoning. Make sure gum, fast food, and caffeinated drinks are not in the same vicinity as your canine friends. 5. Air Conditioning Keep your pets cool. You can avoid overheating by ensuring plentiful airflow to your puppy dogs. 7. Bathroom...
9 Quick Tips for taking Extra Long Road Trips with your Cats

9 Quick Tips for taking Extra Long Road Trips with your Cats

When traveling involves taking your cats along, it can become difficult when you need to take extra long road trips with your cats.   Not only do you need to be concerned with the road, but you also have to make sure that your cats are safe throughout the road trip. Just as significant as keeping your cats safe, is the age old dilemma of where your cats are going to go to the bathroom. While you and human passengers can just stop at a gas station, it is not as easy for your furry feline counterparts. A cat should not have to hold his or her bladder during long trips. It is important to give your cat access to a litter box on the road. Forcing your cat to “hold it” can cause bladder infections. If you have kittens, their bladders will be even smaller. Besides the problem of where will your pet pee, you do not want to deprive him of water during the long trip. Your cats should stay hydrate and cool throughout the trip. Avoid overheating by ensuring air circulation is always present for your pets. Supply water in a bowl that cannot spill to avoid dehydration. Here are nine quick tips for what to remember when you need to hit the road with your felines in the backseat. 1. Cage Fit a cage large enough for your cat/cats in the backseat, with a litter box and water. Water Bowl Use a bowl that can hook to the side of the cage to avoid water spilling. 3. Water Bring extra water in case you need to refill the bowl throughout...
Cumberland Trail, Chattanooga TN- Travel Animal Doctor

Cumberland Trail, Chattanooga TN- Travel Animal Doctor

The Cumberland Trail in Chattanooga, Tennessee is known for unique rock formations and picturesque views. – Travel Animal Doctor Entering this state park by way of the North Chickamauga Creek Segment allows you to enjoy a brisk walk down to the creek to find crawdads before taking a breathtaking hike up the Hogskin Loop to the Coal Tipple Remnants and Open Mine. This state park is pet-friendly and parking is free at the North Chickamauga Creek Segment. If you choose to take the Lower Hogskin Loop, I recommend that you take caution when hiking with your dog. As you ascend up the trail there are points in which the loop becomes pretty steep. If your version of a dog walk is your dog walking you, this trail may be too sharp of an incline. The climb is exhilarating, and is for the most part canopied by trees. While the ample shade shelters you from the hot basking sun in the summer, mosquito repellant is highly recommended. Taking the Lower Hogskin Loop requires a moderate to high activity level for beginner hikers.  I am able to hike every other weekend if I am lucky, and I found some parts of the hike rather difficult. If you watch the ground you many notice centipedes and toads. Small wildflowers can be found alongside of the Lower Hogskin Loop trail. As an amateur hiker, it took me three to four hours to leisurely hike a littler further than the open mine and back to the parking lot. I did not make it to the Wood Stairs or the Boston Branch Overlook. While ascent up the Lower Hogskin...
This Pet-Friendly Beach Gave Me Crabs – travelanimaldr.com

This Pet-Friendly Beach Gave Me Crabs – travelanimaldr.com

Bowers Beach is a public pet-friendly beach located in Bowers, Delaware – travelanimaldr.com My husband and I took a road trip with our dog, Jade, so that we could see what all of the hype was about in the spring horseshoe crabs event. If you missed my last article: “All About the Horseshoe Crabs”, click here for a quick overview on the mating rituals of the horseshoe crabs. Arrival to Bowers Beach We arrived in the early afternoon and excitedly made our way to the beach with our doggy bags, towels, and phones to snap pictures and videos. The sight of this prehistoric looking crab was absolutely spectacular. Though the species have been around longer than dinosaurs, flying insects, and people, individuals have a lifespan of around twenty years. Crabs, Crabs, Crabs The horseshoe crabs become sexually mature at around ten years of age, at which point they scurry ashore during new and full moons each spring, when high tides can sweep them high up on the beachfront to mate. Sometimes the crabs would get stuck on their backs and would require our help to turn them right-side up. By the end of the trip my husband and I were crab- flipping naturals, saving thirty toppled crabs so that they could fulfill their reproductive goals. My husband and I were not the only ones that were intimidated by the sight of this living ancient relic.   Jade’s New Friend Jade, startled by the creature and the incoming waves, sat directly on top of her “pet parents” as often as she could. While Jade’s first time on the pet-friendly beach seemed pretty overwhelming, she...
Travel Animal Doctor: National Cherry Blossom Festival

Travel Animal Doctor: National Cherry Blossom Festival

This past weekend was the end of the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C.. – Travel Animal Doctor Breathtaking Views The majestic view of the Jefferson Memorial and Washington Monument, was intensified one thousand times over by the allure of the pink and white petals and aroma of sweet cherry blossoms in full bloom around the Tidal Basin. Prepare for Crowds Monday the petals started blowing off of the trees in a whirlwind blizzard of delicate colors and sprinkled the ground like a carpet of petals across the Tidal Basin walkway. As the sun set, crowds of people were photographing the spectacular scenery before them. It seemed like every family from the Washington D.C. surrounding areas had the same idea to catch a lasting glimpse of the natural beauty in the Capital. As the crowd shuffled along, it was hard to stop for fear that the people behind would be caught in a foot traffic jam. Glamorous Beauty Under the cherry blossom trees the petal carpet is so dense that all you see is white and pink. A reminder to all responsible pet owners in the area, that when seeing this beautiful petal carpet, do not forget about the potential toxic threat cherry trees are to your cats, dogs and horses. Even though we enjoyed the sights, smells, and beautiful weather we needed to keep a watchful eye on Jade because being the curious canine that she is, her sniffer was going a million miles a minute. On a normal hike or walk through the park this would not be a big deal.   Inedible to Pets But with the...
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