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Saturday, Nov 17: A Holistic Approach to Health & Behavior Issues
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The Center for Pet Safety has released its 2018 Test results! Go to https://www.centerforpetsafety.org/cps-certified/ for information on their latest crash-tested safety harnesses, travel crates, and travel carriers. Make sure you use a CPS certified device. The right equipment can save your dog's life. 

You can buy Sleepypod Clickit sport and Sleepypod Clickit Terrain harnesses and Gen7Commuter travel carrier locally from Piper's Walk, an organization dedicated to furthering CPS's ability to test dog safety devices. Go to  https://www.piperswalk.org/shop

Staying at Home:
by Debra Ekman for Your Dog's Friend

Let’s face it, Thanksgiving is almost here. It’s too late to train your dog before Aunt Mabel arrives. Even if you have trained your dog, the holidays present a whole new set of challenges. Your dog is excited (or stressed). You are excited (or stressed) and have less time for your dog. There are all sorts of distractions (including food).  Be patient. This too shall pass.

  • Your dog may be excited when guests first arrive. When the doorbell rings, we rush to the door, talk with enthusiasm, hug. Obviously, the doorbell means that something exciting is happening. Before your guests are due to arrive, put your dog in another room or crate with a safe toy or stuffed Kong. Once your friends and relatives are in and settled, you can bring your dog out to greet everyone. 
  • Your dog should be on leash when greeting your guests. This will help keep your dog from jumping and running around. It's is more pleasant for your dog than being yelled at for saying "hello" the way that dogs say "hello".
  • Don’t assume that everyone likes dogs (even yours). Be sure to ask your guests if they're afraid of or allergic to dogs ahead of time. It's not fair to your dog or your guests if you allow your dog around people who aren't comfortable around dogs. Your guests will feel uneasy all night, and your dog will get in trouble for simply being himself around the wrong person.
  • If you have a timid, anxious or reactive dog, don't force him to be part of the activities. It's best to allow your dog to spend "guest time" in his crate or in a separate room with the door shut and something super yummy to chew. Be sure to do this at random times for weeks ahead and then before your guests arrive. Your dog would rather be in a safe place than around all those “scary” people.
  • Teach your guests, both adults and children, how to interact with your dog. It's a hectic time; so, if your dog joins your guests, either you or someone else responsible should have your dog's leash and keep your dog feeling safe. When people approach dogs head-on, look them directly in the eye, reach over them, pat them on the head, or lean over them, dogs feel threatened. So, ask your guests to angle sideways and pet your dog under his chin or on his chest. If your dog looks away or backs up, respect your dog’s wishes. He is not comfortable and would rather not meet and greet. 
  • Being around young children is stressful for most dogs. Kids have high-pitched voices, move quickly and are unpredictable. Don’t let children crowd your dog, chase him, pick him up, hug him or get their face in your dog’s face. Let your dog go somewhere safe, where he won’t be bothered by children’s antics. Even a good dog will bite when he has had enough.
  • If you have a small dog, don’t hold him when people approach. Small dogs may feel trapped and become growly if held during greetings. 
  • Ask your guests NOT to feed your dog. The emergency vet offices are full during the holidays with dogs that have had too much "holiday cheer". Well-meaning friends may not know that raisins are bad for dogs or that macadamia nuts (think cookies) could kill your dog. Instead, have some of your dog's healthy treats around for your guests to offer your dog.
  • If you don’t want your dog to eat off the kitchen counter or beg at the dinner table, keep him out of those rooms. Put up a baby gate, or put your dog in a crate or room with a special treat – like a Kong stuffed with goodies or an interactive toy that will drop kibble if moved the right way. Don’t feel guilty:  Your dog will get plenty later when he helps you clean up by eating all the crumbs.
  • Don’t tempt fate. Even the most well-behaved dog will be tempted to commit "a crime of opportunity". If you're planning to leave your dishes out, so you can watch the game or move to another room for dessert and coffee, make sure your dog comes (and stays) with you. If your dog does get something such as a turkey bone, offer your dog something yummy in exchange, instead of trying to reach into his mouth to get it.
  • WATCH THOSE DOORS! Just as you should have your dog in another room/in a crate/on leash when your guests arrive, you need to do the same when your guests are leaving. People will be hugging, getting their left-overs to take home, and putting their coats on. No one will be paying attention to how wide the front door is held open or for how long. It only takes a second for your dog to bolt out that door or to follow a guest out and keep going!
  • Prepare ahead. Around the holidays, more pets get lost or sick than usual. It's hectic, and you may not be closely watching your dog. Get your dog micro-chipped NOW and register the number. For a membership fee of $20/year, you can join Home Again (http://public.homeagain.com), a site that provides lost pet registration for any brand microchip; rapid lost pet alerts; and a pet medical emergency hotline. Want to help others with lost pets? Think about joining Home Again's lost pet network as a volunteer pet rescuer, and ask your vet and local shelter to join the network too!
  • When visiting a relative or friend on Thanksgiving, it's a good idea to leave your dog safely at home. Everyone is preoccupied, there are lots of people, a TV blaring, and food, some dangerous to dogs, for the taking. If another dog lives there, don't expect him to welcome your dog with open arms either, especially with so much food around. If you must bring your dog, take a folding crate, a familiar dog mat, and chew toys. Help your dog stay out of trouble, and enjoy yourself!

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Pet Travel Tips
from the Center for Pet Safety

GENERAL TRAVEL TIPS:

  • Make sure your pets are up-to-date with their vaccinations,flea, tick and heartworm treatments.
  • Microchip (in addition to collar and tags) – a very important tool to help you locate your pets should they wander during your adventures together. This little rice-grain sized object can help bring them back to you.
  • Pack their bags! Be sure to bring along extra collars, leashes, toys as well as food and water bowls for your pets.
  • Bring extra food, treats – and don’t forget the water. Water content changes from city to city so it’s best to prevent digestive upset and bring bottled water or bottled tap water from home.
  • Locate a veterinary medical provider near your travel destination. Being prepared will give you peace of mind. There are many sources to help you locate a quali ed veterinarian near your destination location. (www.healthypet.com/accreditation/hospitalsearch.aspx)
  • Bring medical records, medications and identification, including pictures of you with your pets.
  • First aid kits are essential in the case of an emergency.
  • Hold onto your dog's leash before letting him out for potty breaks or at your destination.
  • Remember, pets don’t belong in hot cars! Heat stroke can be deadly and happens in minutes.

Your family is counting on you to ensure they arrive safely together. Please don’t let them down.

AUTO TRAVEL TIPS:

Distraction Prevention vs. Crash Protection; Here’s what we’ve learned:

  • Pet travel harnesses come in two forms, those that only prevent distraction and those that provide actual crash protection. Choose wisely!
  • Prevent driver distraction! Did you know that distracted driving can be caused by not only your cell phone, but by the family pet? It’s important to be safer together on the road and ensure that your pet is safely harnessed in the back seat of the vehicle.

But what about crash protection?

  • We know from our research that all pet safety harnesses are not created equal. The Center for Pet Safety encourages pet parents to select a quality crash-tested harness to protect your pet and also protect your family if an accident occurs. CPS also warns against the use of long extension tethers and zipline style products during travel.
  • Dogs should be reined in during car travel. Allowing pets to put their heads out of the car window is dangerous for many reasons. While your dog’s ears flapping in the wind might be funny – road debris in his eyes can be painful and costly.

Securing Pet Carriers –

While it is intuitive for most people to “buckle up” their pet’s carrier – DON’T! – unless the manufacturer provides you with crash test video to illustrate structural integrity. Using a seatbelt to secure a carrier can actually crush the carrier if you get into an accident.

Instead – put the small carrier on the floor of the vehicle behind the front passenger or driver seat.

AIRLINE TRAVEL TIPS:

  • Airlines typically require a health certificate be issued 7-10 days prior to travel by your veterinarian. This is an essential document and may be reviewed during different check points – keep it with you at all times.
  • Choosing a direct flight over multiple stops will help reduce travel related stress for both of you.
  • Certain breed types (bracheocephalic) are restricted from flying for health reasons. Check with your airline for details.
  • Arrive early – pets must be checked in at the airline counter – allow extra time especially during peak travel times.
  • Do not feed your pet for at least four hours prior to boarding your flight. This will help reduce airsickness.
  • Do not tranquilize your pet for air travel – tranquilzers can lead to in-flight emergencies. If your pet is a nervous traveler – try high activity exercise within two hours of heading to the airport.

While we prefer that you stay with your pet during travel – If your pet must travel as cargo –

  • Thoroughly research the airline and the care your pet will receive during travel. There are no standards for pet travel service providers (or their contractors) so the quality of care is subjective and inconsistent. Do your homework!
  • Ensure your pet is microchipped, has collar and tags, and the carrier is appropriately and heavily marked “Live Animal” and include your contact information, including cell phone. The destination location should also be included in labeling. If you have a secondary family member who can act as your backup in the case of an emergency – provide that information to the airline and include it on the travel crate as well.
  • Ensure you have a direct point of contact from the airline who can assist you with and pet related problems upon landing.
  • Upon inspection if you are the least bit concerned about the condition of your pet – obtain immediate veterinary care – and retain all paperwork and medical records.

If your pet can accompany you on the plane –

  • Ensure the carrier you select meets the criteria for the airline in advance of getting to the airport. Check with your Airline for details on size restrictions and travel conditions for in-flight pets.
  • If your pet is not accustomed to travel – acclimate him to his new carrier prior to heading to the airport. It will make the trip much easier for both of you!
  • Always pack your carrier with extra potty pads, pick up bags extra collar and leash. Small plastic food/water bowls are also helpful (especially if they have lids).

HOTEL TIPS:

  • It is always helpful to bring an extra containment option with you to ensure your dog  is secure when staying in a hotel. Soft Crates are a very portable option and can be your dog’s home away from home.
  • Potty pads and belly bands can also be important tools – especially if your dog marks his territory!
  • Bringing extra blankets and comfort items can help your dog transition to the unfamiliar hotel room.
  • Avoid pet GI issues during vacation: forego the treats provided by the hotel. Bring extra treats from home instead. Introducing new foods during travel can be a recipe for disaster when it comes to pets.
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