British summertime is something that can be incredibly empowering and a source of joy and happiness for all involved – when the mercury reaches the mid-twenties, that is! The rest of the time, our summer weather consists of elusive and highly temperamental bursts of sunshine with the odd rain shower and storms thrown in for good measure.
Your pets are part of your family and family holidays can definitely be more fun when your four-legged friends are invited along too! To ensure the whole family has a safe and healthy time, Australia’s celebrity vet, Dr Katrina Warren, has put together some tips we love to help you plan your holiday and be well prepared.
Before your departure make sure your pet’s microchip details are up to date and that they are wearing an ID tag with a contact number that works where you are staying. This is the quickest way to ensure you will be reunited with your pet should they become lost.
If your pet has a Bow Wow Meow Smart Tag, log on to their profile and update all your holiday contact details and any other useful information should your pet become lost while away. Or order a Bow Wow Meow Smart Tag before you leave for dispatch within 24 business hours by first class post for only £9.95 including our popular eZeClip.
Prevention is better than cure and you don’t want a sick pet to ruin the family’s holiday feeling. Before you travel, check your pet’s vaccinations and worming are up to date and take your pet’s vaccination booklet with you on the trip. If needed, you should update your pet’s vaccinations one week prior to your departure. If you have an older dog, it is advisable to get a full vet check done before you leave.
Your holiday destination may well harbour fleas, so apply a flea preventative before you leave and take your pet’s own clean bedding for them to sleep on.
If you are travelling to a coastal destination, phone ahead to the local vet at your destination and ask if paralysis ticks are prevalent in the area. Paralysis ticks are deadly and you need to start preventative treatment prior to departing for your holiday – often two weeks ahead.
When travelling in a car, it is important to have cats and small dogs confined in a crate and large dogs harnessed. This prevents them from becoming flying missiles, should you have an accident or have to apply brakes urgently.
Have regular toilet and water breaks. With cats, it is best to offer them a litter tray inside the car unless they are trained on a lead or harness. Cats are far more likely to bolt off in strange territory.
Pets will appreciate it if their new environment feels like home even when they are far away. It is a good idea to pack your pet’s regular food as you can never rely on being able to buy it at your holiday destination and a sudden change of diet may cause tummy upsets.
When you arrive at your destination keep your pet confined indoors. Many pets get lost on holidays and you can’t be too careful. With dogs, be sure to keep them on a lead for the first couple of days whenever you are outdoors. Please make sure your dog stays away from the local wildlife and if in doubt keep them on a lead. Cats should remain indoors at all times, unless they are familiar with walking on a lead.
Check local regulations and laws about pet ownership at your holiday destination, you will usually be able to find these on local Council websites.
Weather conditions at your holiday destination may differ from those at home. If it is cold, your pet may need a coat when walking outside, if it’s raining a rain coat may be a good idea.
Taking your pet’s bedding and toys will help them to feel at home very quickly.
Hope you and your pet have a fabulous summer holiday!
We all love our pets and we all love our holidays, but we hate to think of our pets unhappy when we’re away from home.
You can ask friends and family to help, or consider a cattery or boarding kennel, but the first option can be difficult to organise and the second can be very expensive. Add to that the fact and most people (and vets) agree that pets are happiest in their own environment when their owners are not at home and the logical solution is to find a pet sitter whilst you’re away.
We’ve found a great solution for pet owners. You can leave your pets at home with a TrustedHousesitter. Finding house sitters is easy, just join the TrustedHousesitters community where thousands of people find reliable and trustworthy, 5-star rated people to look after their pets for free in exchange for a place to stay. To date their members have saved over £150,000,000 in pet care and accommodation costs and they’ve facilitated over 1,000,000 happy-at-home pet sitting nights. A one-off annual fee of £89 will give you access to pet sitters as many times as you need throughout the year.
TrustedHousesitters have thousands of happy pet owners living all over the world already using their service, and they often receive stories and positive feedback highlighting the ways in which their membership has enabled them to find travel freedom.
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Since launch in 2010, TrustedHousesitters has helped thousands of pet owners to travel with complete peace of mind knowing their pets are receiving the best possible in-home care from a trusted and verified sitter. According to TrustPilot, TrustedHousesitters is the world’s most trusted house and pet sitting network with an ‘Excellent’ score of 9.7. Just take a look at a few of the 4,000 independent reviews from members.
With industry-leading trust and safety features including ID checks, criminal record checks, and member reviews, TrustHousesitters enable registered pet and house sitters to demonstrate clearly their trustworthiness. This gives owners peace of mind when choosing their ideal sitter and ensures that both parties are comfortable with the arrangement.
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oes your dog seem overly itchy, scratchy or licks a lot? Chances are that your dog suffers from an allergy.
Allergies in dogs are almost as common as they are in people and it is been estimated that nearly 20% of dogs suffer from allergies, with increasing tendency.
As they are for humans, so are allergies for dogs: uncomfortable, itchy, annoying, irritating and sometimes very painful. On top of this: all the itching, scratching and licking can cause secondary infections, which worsen the symptoms even more. As a result your dog can lose hair which causes so called “hot spots”.
To produce an allergic reaction, it takes more than one exposure to the allergenic substance. White blood cells in the animals body build up a memory of the allergens. The more contact made, the more the body releases histamines and the itchier your dog will be.
As with all allergies, unfortunately they can’t be cured but can be managed.
This article explains the different types of allergies in dogs, their symptoms and how they can be treated. We also talk about how allergies are diagnosed and the dog breeds that more prone to skin conditions.
There are three types of allergies:
In this summertime article, we’re focusing on Atopic Allergies.
Atopic Dermatitis is an environmental allergic reaction to certain substances like pollen, moulds, dust mites and even animal dander (skin or hair fragments). Somewhat like hay fever in humans.
Dogs can get in contact with the substance through either inhalation or direct contact, and these allergies can be seasonal or all year around depending on the presence of the allergen. In most cases of atopic dermatitis, the allergens penetrate directly through the skin microscopically to bring out an itch response.
Through a higher concentration of the substance (e.g. pollen in the air), the animals body will release excess histamine which then prompts the symptoms.
Atopic allergies result in itchy skin and the most common signs are scratching and chewing of their armpits, between their hind legs and abdomen, their face and their ears. You may find that they often lick or even chew their feet.
You will see redness in those areas, and licking and scratching makes it often makes it worse. This can cause bacterial infections on their skin and in their ears.
Check your dog’s ears by pulling back the ear flap and look for redness and discharge.
Even though some atopic allergies may start out as seasonal, they are progressive which means they get worse and your dog can become itchy year-round. Allergies to dust mites are also very common, which means the symptoms persists even through the winter months.
Typically these symptoms start between 1 and 3 years of age, however an onset of these signs can be seen from as early as 4 months to 7 years of age.
Like all allergies, Atopic Dermatitis is a life-long condition that can’t be cured, however it can be managed in a few different ways:
Generally, every dog is at risk of an allergic reaction to a substance. Some breeds however are more susceptible than others due of genetics, making their skin more fragile and sensitive to allergens.
Here are some of the breeds that are more prone to skin allergies:
If your dog suffers from an allergy, we recommend you do not breed this dog, as it is often an inherited condition.
Allergies in dogs are more common than most of us think, and the number of allergic dogs is increasing. There are many different things that can cause an allergic reaction in our dogs. Whilst you can’t cure allergies, you can manage them so your dog can live a comfortable, almost itch free life again.
You will need to consult your vet or a specialist (dermatologist) to identify the type of allergy your pet is suffering from in order to find the best treatment suited to your dog.
So you’re thinking of adopting a new puppy? Well you’ll be pleased to know that summer is the best time to bring home that new bundle of joy!
Deciding to adopt a brand new member of the family is a big decision. Dogs are lifelong, loyal companions, but they come with absolute dependence on their new owners and rely on being well cared for. Sadly many pets are abandoned or end up at rehoming centres because their new owners didn’t realise what they were getting themselves into, and couldn’t cope.
So why can it be better to get a puppy during the summer months?
In general, we’re all a bit more relaxed when the days are long and we can venture out and about without having to layer up. Having a puppy is the best reason in the world to enjoy the outdoors so whether you’re an early riser or a night owl, you’ll have a lot more sunlight during summer in which to do so. Not only will your pup be blissfully happy, but you’ll benefit from all that extra exercise. Get yourself a Fitbug and see how easy it is to clock up the 10,000 steps that will make you healthier. Another benefit is that you’ll move into the ‘puppy world’ and meet new friends for both you and your pup. It won’t take long before you’re standing around at the park chatting about raw food vs kibble, tips on toilet training, issues with recall, to vaccinate or not to vaccinate…..
A puppy will guarantee that you wake up early in the morning. Think of how productive you can be with that extra hour or two each day. The thought of what might happen if you don’t let the puppy outside is a definite incentive!
Puppies take time to toilet train, and for the first few months you will need to be prepared to take them outside regularly – every half hour – while they are awake. In summer this means enjoying warmer temperatures and more sunlight during these times. By the time winter arrives your pup should be perfectly toilet trained and only require being let out every few hours.
If you have kids around the house, they’ll be home for summer and can help with the puppy. Look online for games to play with puppies and training exercises that will keep the kids and puppy happy and occupied. Our favourite is http://www.yourpurebredpuppy.com/ which is great for all dog breeds including crossbreeds, designer breeds and mixed breeds. You’ll be surprised at how much your kids will learn!
Leaving work at a reasonable hour is especially enticing during the summer. There is no better excuse than a puppy at home to leave at 5:00 and maintain some balance in your life.
No one will love you as much as a puppy. A puppy will show you that you have traits to admire and the world can be a better place, so you’ll be set for a happier summer.
Need help finding a name for your new puppy? You’re bound to find one using our pet name generator.
We couldn’t finish this blog without mentioning the importance of having an ID tag for your new puppy. Being out and about will mean more chance your best friend might find themselves lost. Check out our great range of engraved tags from £5.99 including full engraving and first class post.
For everything you need to know about bringing home a new puppy, why not download our free and useful Puppy Guide?
And if you haven’t yet decided on the breed you’d like, our free breed selector tool might help.
Enjoy the summer with your new puppy!
Moving house is a very stressful experience and the process can be demanding. From hiring removal services and packing to contacting various suppliers to change personal details, the ordeal can become hectic.
So imagine how taxing it can be if you are moving property with pets? The transition needs to be carefully planned to ensure your furry friends do not get frightened or upset. Organisation is the answer, to make the move as stress-free and easy as possible. Pets are bound to become somewhat alarmed as their daily routine gets interrupted but you can prepare in advance:
The Missing Pets Bureau claim that approximately 3,200 dogs go missing every week. This can be more likely if your pet is unsupervised in a strange new environment, so keep an eye on them more than ever throughout the whole process.
For more information download ‘Moving house with your dog’, from The Kennel Club.
Ladies and gentlemen, puppers and doggos of the UK; your attention, if you please!
It is National Take Your Dog to Work Day on Friday 23rd June, which means pet parents up and down the country will be making their journey to work with their beloved pooches by their sides. This makes for an extra special passage into the weekend as your furry friend sits by your side while you attempt to carry out your daily tasks.
When people talk about cats they often say “they’re independent”, “they just want food” or “cats are selfish”. However, cats are one of the most popular pets, for example, in the UK, 26% of households own a cat, that’s 1 in 4 families. We believe cats are so popular because they are easy to look after. They are independent, they choose when to go out, eat, or seek out human company and they are loving companions.
If you are the proud owner of a feline friend, the chances are that you will be familiar with all the benefits that a cat can bring. Love, affection and devotion are all perfect examples of how cats can enrich our lives – there is nothing quite like having a kitten curl up and fall asleep on your lap! Cats can also help us to relax and offer excellent ways to reduce stress levels and improve our general mood.