Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Summer Safety for your pets - travel

Travel By Air

Many airlines will not ship animals during summer months due to dangers caused by hot weather. Some will only allow dogs to fly in the early morning or in the evening. Check with your airlines for specific rules.

If you do ship a dog, put icepacks or an ice blanket in the dog's crate. (Two-liter soft drink bottles filled with water and frozen work well.) Provide a container of fresh water, as well as a container of frozen water that will thaw over the course of the trip.

By Car

Keep your dog cool in the car by putting icepacks in his crate. Make sure the crate is well ventilated.

Put a sunshade on your car windows.

Bring along fresh water and a bowl, and a tarp or tent so you can set up a shady spot when you stop. Keep a spray bottle filled with water to spritz on your dog to cool him down.

By RV - A dog's safety should not depend on the air conditioning and generator systems in an RV or motor home. These devices can malfunction, with tragic results.If you leave your dog in an RV with the generator running, check it often or have a neighbor monitor it. Some manufacturers have devices that will notify you if the generator should malfunction.

Never leave an RV or motor home completely shut up, even if the generator and AC are running. Crack a window or door or run the exhaust fan.Never, ever leave a dog unattended in a vehicle in the summer months. Heatstroke and death can occur within minutes in warm temperatures.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Summer Safety for your pets Beach & Water Tips

Beach Tips

Make sure your dog has a shady spot to rest in and plenty of fresh water.

Dogs, especially those with short hair, white fur, and pink skin, can sunburn. Limit your dog's exposure during the day and apply sunblock to his ears and nose 30 minutes before going outside.

Check with a lifeguard for daily water conditions.

Dogs are easy targets for sea lice and jellyfish.

Running on the sand is strenuous exercise. A dog that is out of shape can easily pull a tendon or ligament, so keep a check on your dog's activity.

Do not let your dog drink seawater; the salt will make him sick.

Salt and other minerals in ocean water can damage your dog's coat, so rinse him off at the end of the day.

Not all beaches permit dogs; check local ordinances before heading out.

Water Safety

Most dogs enjoy swimming, but some cannot swim, and others may hate the water. Be conscious of your dog's preferences and skills before trying to make him swim.

If you're swimming for the first time with your dog, start in shallow water and coax him in by calling his name. Encourage him with toys or treats. Or, let him follow another experienced dog he is friendly with.

Never throw your dog into the water.

If your dog begins to paddle with his front legs, lift his hind legs and help him float. He should quickly catch on and keep his back end up.Don't let your dog overdo it; swimming is very hard work and he may tire quickly.If swimming at the ocean, be careful of strong tides.

If you have your own pool, make sure your dog knows where the stairs or ladder are located. Be sure that pool covers are firmly in place; dogs have been known to slip in under openings in the covers and drown.Never leave your dog unattended in water.

Summer Safety Tips for your pets Heat Hazards

Hot weather can make us all uncomfortable, and it poses special risks for your dog. Keep the following safety concerns in mind as the temperature rises, and follow our tips to keep your dog cool.

Heat Hazards

If your dog is outside on a hot day, make sure he has a shady spot to rest in. Doghouses are not good shelter during the summer as they can trap heat. You may want to fill a child's wading pool with fresh water for your dog to cool off in.

Never leave your dog in a closed vehicle on a hot day. The temperature inside a car can rise to over 100 degrees in a matter of minutes.

Always provide plenty of cool, fresh water.

Avoid strenuous exercise on extremely hot days. Take walks in the early mornings or evenings, when the sun's heat is less intense.Try to avoid prolonged exposure to hot asphalt or sand, which can burn your dog's paws.

Dogs that are brachycephalic (short-faced), such as Bulldogs, Boxers, Japanese Chins, and Pekingese, have an especially hard time in the heat because they do not pant as efficiently as longer-faced dogs. Keep your brachycephalic dog inside with air-conditioning.

Check back tomorrow for more Summer pet tips from

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Pimp your Pooch

A silly little game from Animal Planet.

Put a Celeb hairdo on doggies. Just something silly for the weekend.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Pet Stain Removal

How to Remove Pet Stains

If house training your puppy is going a bit slow or your cat keeps missing the litter box, you don't always have to live with their pungent reminders. These unpleasant stains can be removed, especially if you catch them when they're still fresh.

Urine on carpet and upholstery
Soak up excess moisture with a white rag or paper towels.

Blot on a solution of 1/4 tsp. mild liquid
laundry detergent and 1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml) warm water. Repeat until there is no more stain transferring to a towel or rag.

Blot with a solution of 2 tbsp. ammonia and 1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml) water. Rinse with warm water. Repeat. Blot dry.

Blot the area with a solution of 1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml) white vinegar and 2 cups (16 fl oz/500 ml) water. Rinse.

Cover with several layers of paper towels weighed down with a heavy, nonfading object. Continue changing paper towels until the carpet is dry.

If you can't remove the stain, consider recovering the furniture item or replacing the carpet.

Feces on carpet and upholstery
Gently scoop up excess with a spoon or spatula.

Blot with an ammonia solution (see step 3, above). Let it soak in for several minutes.

Blot, then repeat until the stain is removed. Rinse with cold water. Blot dry.

To remove lingering carpet odors, sprinkle baking soda on the spot. Let it sit overnight, then vacuum
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