Category Archives: Pet Care

Tips: How To Prepare For Your Pets Road Trip

ID-100233930Many people like to travel with their pets on the road, whether it be a vacation or just around town, they make great companions. Just like you would want to keep anyone in your vehicle safe, so goes for your pet too. Here are some tips that can make your running around town or a long road trip, a good one for your both.

Keep them Safe

There are options like dog safety belts, car barriers and crates to choose from so secure your pets safety. You do not want your pet thrown in case of an accident or quick stomp on the brakes. Avoid driver distraction by letting your pet be comfortable while safe in the back seat and keep them safe from an airbag deployment in case of an accident, which could be fatal.

Prepare Your Pet

If your pet is not accustomed to many rides in the family car, prepare them for a road trip by going on small rides to the dog park, beach or your favorite destination where you can let your pet in and out of the vehicle. This way they will become familiar with the restraint you have chosen to make them secure while riding in the vehicle.

Road Trip

As you map out your trip, also consider your pets needs. Rest stops that offer bathrooms, food and a place to stretch your legs and your pet legs. Sometimes bathroom breaks not on your schedule can happen and your pet could have a bathroom break in the car. Be patient, and try to give them enough time at the stops.

Also check out what hotels or accommodations your like to stay along the way, accept pets. Those that do will usually have a Pet Policy. Some require an extra deposit {some non refundable} as an added expense. Others may not allow you to leave your pet alone in the room while out sight seeing. Best to do your homework first.

Next on your list should be Veterinarians. Keep tabs in the cities and towns you are going through, just in case your pet should need one.

Keep Your Pet Happy

In between stops your pet may become bored or over excited. Either way they are going to let you know by whining, barking or pacing. Bring along chew toys a favorite blanket or bedding your pet is used to to help them relax.

Never Leave Your Pet Alone in the Vehicle

On a warm day car temperatures can reach 120 degrees according to the Humane Society. In Florida every day in the summer is hot. Hot or Cold weather your pet should never be left unattended, this could endanger your pets life. If you have to run into a bathroom, or store, have someone stay with your pet or take them with you.

Talk to the Doc

Visit the Veterinarian before you go. Ask about what is best for your pet for meals, medicine and if you need to take anything extra in case your pet gets car sick. (Some pets do experience this)

What to Pack for Your Pet

Bottled Water/ Food

Bowls for water and food



Chew Toys

Favorite Toy or Blanket


Happy Traveling





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Donate To A Local Animal Shelter By Walking Your Dog and This Free App From Woof Trax

ID-100372507You can help your local animal shelter by talking your dog out for a walk. has a program called “Walk for a Dog” with a free App you put on your Smartphone (Woof Trax App) that calculates your walk from start to finish and donates money to your local shelter. The money is from advertisers and investors with no out of pocket for you. According to the Wooftrax website there have been “5,500,000 walks (and counting) have been taken for over 6,000 shelters in all 50 states!”

You can take your dog around the block or for a few miles, the more your walk the bigger the donation will be. Also you could visit your local animal shelter and volunteer to take one of those adorable dogs out for some fresh air and be double donating…

There are heath benefits not only you but your dog too. According to exercise keeps your dog “healthy, agile, and limber” and great for their digestive system.

Check out these Top Ten Health Benefits Walking Provides Your Pet .

Do you have an animal shelter? See how you can get listed on the app as a beneficiary.


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How To Keep Your Dog in Shape During Winter

ID-100134747The winter cold and snow makes it harder to take your dog out for walks or play in the yard for more time then you normally would. This can cause your dog to get out of shape and be bored. You can keep your dog active during the winter by doing things indoors that are fun for both of you.

Your dog should be walked at least once a day for fresh air, exercise and mental stimulation. Protect their paws with booties. The salt and other chemicals used on sidewalks and streets can be harmful. Make sure you remove the booties upon entering your home and rinse them off. For dogs with shorter hair, put on a sweater for them as well.

Play fetch up and down the staircase or play in the basement. You want the dog to have room to stretch its legs fetching and bringing back.

Have a treat or favorite toy you can hide for your dog to find. has some great ideas for this.

Give your dog a chew toy they can work on for a while to help with boredom. There are many to choose from online to your local pet store. You want a toy that has food in it that they have to work for.

On those snow days when you are stuck in the house, provides a great time to teach your dog new tricks and bond. Check out  Easy and Fun Dog Tricks

Indoor dog parks are another great way for your dog to interact with other dogs, get exercise and with out the could wintry weather. Take advantage of the obstacle course if available, which most indoor parks have.

Photo Courtesy of Tina Phillips

How to Help Your Pet Feel Safe During the 4th Of July Fireworks

dog-1444979_640Do your pets ( dogs especially) get scared during the Fourth of July Fireworks? Highlands Today Newspaper out of Sebring, Fl  has great tips for Pet owners to help put their pets at ease.

Fireworks spook your dog? Keep him inside


Wishing everyone a very Happy and Safe 4th Of July


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Fireworks spook your dog? Keep him inside
Fireworks spook your dog? Keep him inside