More and more, Americans are traveling with their pets. In fact, a recent study conducted by AAA and Best Western International found that more than half of US pet owners take their pets with them when they travel! As more people are taking their canine companions and fluffy felines with them, the resources available for finding pet-friendly places to stay, eat and play are growing.
Living With Pets
A cat-proofed home is a cat-safe home whether your new pet is a newborn kitten or a fully- grown cat. Before that first front paw crosses your threshold for the first time, your home must be a health zone, not a hazard zone. Be especially attentive to the sensibilities of former “outside” cats, who may never have walked on wooden floors, carpets or tiles, or been exposed to so many unfamiliar sights before.
If you are reading this article, chances are you either have a dog (or more than one) and/or know someone who shares their life with one or more dogs. As a society, we have begun to humanize our pets and while some might shake their heads in disbelief and disagreement, we in the doggie know embrace the special bond shared with our canine family members. Here, then, are ten ways to be the best dog parent you can be to your one (or more) pooches:
10 Unplug electronically each day for one-on-one time with your dog.
If you've been to the Georgia SPCA Shelter recently, you've probably seen the precious dogs we have available for adoption – from frisky, frolicking, adorable puppies to more sedate, mature dogs who are just looking for a second chance at the loving home they deserve. You already know how fabulous shelter dogs are, and how much they enrich the life of anyone lucky enough to adopt one.
Pulling up stakes and transporting oneself and one’s goods to a new address is truly a moving experience. It may even be more so for family feline, who doesn’t know what it’s all about – only that the owner is suddenly boxing up the books and rolling up the rugs. Indeed, to the cat it may seem the world is turning upside down, reassurances from the humans notwithstanding.
Everyone loves to celebrate the 4th of July with friends and family -- including the furry, four-legged ones! But some of the ways humans celebrate can be scary or even dangerous to pets. Our friends from Camp Woof put together these tips for making sure this holiday is a safe one for cats and dogs:
Summer is exciting. It's easy to get swept up planning for parties, running to the store for S'mores ingredients and arranging plans to view fireworks. But during the seasonal festivities, keep in mind that dogs feel differently than you do. It's common for them to be frightened by changes in routine like loud booms of thunder or fireworks and crowded party atmospheres.
Dogs: One of the most life-threatening mistakes people can make is to leave a dog in a vehicle during hot weather. Dogs can’t perspire, as humans do, to cool themselves off via evaporation, so they have to pant to cool themselves. If the air that they are taking in is too hot (as it is in a parked car in hot weather), then panting has little cooling effect and the dog quickly overheats.
Information provided in these articles is intended to provide some guidance for you and your pet. Not all animals behave (or respond) in the same manner. Should you have questions or concerns about anything you see here, please consult your veterinarian. While we work with vets on a regular basis, we are not veterinarians. We feel the articles here provide useful but general guidelines and suggestions for working with your pet. Please note, some articles may be disturbing to young children. Please preview articles to make sure they are appropriate for your child.