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Friday, June 29, 2012

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: VACATION TRAVEL TIPS FOR YOU AND YOUR PETS

Traveling with your dog can be great fun but, just like roadtripping with toddlers, advance planning makes everything easier! Here are some plan-ahead considerations and tips to make this holiday smooth sailing.

Is this a vacation your dog will enjoy? If you're headed to Vegas or Branson, for example, your dog will be terrifically bored sitting in a hotel room all day. Make sure the accommodations on the road and at your destination allow pets -- this includes your relatives' homes! Don't assume your grandparents will be thrilled to see your three bouncy, fun-loving Labs...Ask first!

If you are touring and/or camping in a state or national park, check out their dog policies. Many parks do not allow dogs in campsites, in certain areas, or even out of the car at all. Don't rely on a website. Call the ranger's office and ask.

For safety, dogs should always be confined while riding in a car. Airline kennels offer the most protection during a sudden stop, swerve, or collision. At the very least, your dog should wear a seatbelt harness designed for car travel.

Always put your dog's leash on before you open the car door. This prevents him from bolting out into the road or escaping.

When traveling, dogs should wear a well-fitting collar 24/7. Make sure the current rabies tag is on it and consider a special ID tag. For example, a staff member at Stay N Play Pet Ranch has special road trip tags for her dogs that say "TRAVELING-REWARD." The tags include her cell phone number, as well as an emergency contact number of someone who knows how to reach her. A home address and home phone number are useless if you're in another state!

Do not leave your dog unattended in a hotel room. Put him in a crate or take him with you. Remember, the hotel has your credit card information. If your dog soils or damages something, you will pay a premium for it.

If your dog is a barker, don't leave him alone until the wee hours of the morning. Other guests don't want their sleep disturbed and they will call the front desk. Enough complaints and you will be asked to leave.

Your dog's "suitcase" should include: food, water from home or distilled water, current medications, current vaccination records, food and water pans, treats, toys, bedding, an extra leash, paper towels and wet wipes for messes, trash bags, old towels, a sheet to cover the bedspread at the hotel and poop bags. Be a positive ambassador for all pet owners and clean up after your dog every single time!

Jane makes sure her suitcase is packed with everything she'll need to ensure the family vacation is a happy one for everyone!

Friday, June 15, 2012

THE DOG (AND CAT) DAYS OF SUMMER: HOT WEATHER HINTS FOR YOUR FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS WEARING FUR COATS!

by Stay N Play Pet Ranch

Our cool, rainy spring has departed and a hot, dry summer has arrived in Central Texas, which means it's prime time for a few hot weather reminders for our pets. Dogs and cats only have sweat glands in the pads of their feet, so they cool themselves primarily by panting. When it's even moderately warm and very humid, they can get overheated fast. Here are some tips on keeping them safe and cool...  

Make sure your pets have shade and cool water outside when the temperature rises above 80 degrees. If it's 90 degrees or higher, time to let them hang out in the A/C. If it's too hot for you to stay outside for more than 15 minutes, then it's too hot for your pets. They're wearing fur coats!  

A small wading pool in a shady spot provides water lovers a quick way to cool off. Dump and rinse it frequently to prevent algae from growing and mosquitoes from breeding.  

Young and high energy dogs will often play too hard in the hot weather. It's up to you to monitor their activity levels when the temperature is high. Many dogs become "moon babies" during deep summer - they play in the evening!  

If your dogs jog or bike with you, they run a huge risk of burning and blistering their pads on hot pavement. Either adjust your outdoor exercise schedule for early morning workouts or leave your running partner at home.

 Heat stroke can happen very quickly and hundreds of dogs die from this every year, so be alert if your dog is acting abnormally during hot weather. Signs include heavy panting, uncontrollable drooling, a rectal temperature greater than 104, bright red or dark gums, staggering, disorientation, seizure, collapse, and coma. If you see any of these symptoms, wet your dog down with cool (not cold) water, get him into the shade or A/C and transport him to your vet immediately. Even if your dog seems to be recovering, he may still have heart arrhythmias or abnormal blood clotting.  

Do not leave your pets in the car in hot weather! Even with the windows cracked, the temperature inside a car can hit 102 degrees in 10 minutes on an 85 degree day. When you're running errands, leave your dog at home or take him inside with you.

 If it's too hot for you to stay outside for more than 15 minutes, then it's too hot for your pets. They're wearing fur coats!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A RED ARENA ROUND UP ... ROUND UP!

Stay N Play Pet Ranch was proud to be a Silver Sponsor of the RED Arena Round-up on Saturday. What a fantastic day for such a fantastic organization.

Everyone was a joy, kids and canines!


Agility course

Equine therapy did us all good!

Whispering sweet nothin's!

Tucker the PAWS Shelter and Humane Society Ambassadog stopped by the booth for some fun!

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