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Pet Travel Tips

Pet Travel TipsTraveling with your pet can be fun for everyone with a little planning. It’s important to understand the rules before you go so your trip can be as smooth as possible.

I love this little antidote about a man who wanted to travel with his dog (author unknown).

A man wrote a letter to a hotel: “I would very much like to bring my dog with me. He is well-groomed and very well behaved. Would you be willing to permit me to keep him in my room with me?”

An immediate reply came from the hotel owner, who said, “I’ve been operating this hotel for many years. In all that time, I’ve never had a dog steal towels, linens, silverware or pictures off the walls. I’ve never had to evict a dog in the middle of the night for being drunk and disorderly. We’ve never had a dog that smoked in bed and set fire to the blankets. We’ve never had a dog who played the TV too loud or had a fight with his traveling companion. So, if your dog can vouch for you, you’re welcome, too!”

Here are a few tips to make your travels with pets a bit easier.

Call Ahead

The hotel website might say it allows pets, but be sure to call ahead anyway. Sometimes a policy change takes place but a website update doesn’t. The last thing you want is to show up only to be told that a particular hotel doesn’t follow the chain policy for pets.

Weight Limits

Many hotels have weight limits and even pet type restrictions. This policy seems to be in place to discourage very large dogs, as most weight limits seem to hover around 25 pounds. It’s unlikely they will actually ask to weigh your dog at check in, but if you know your pooch goes over the limit be sure to get permission in place before hand.

It can help to speak directly to a manger, especially if you explain that your dog is well behaved and won’t be left alone in the hotel room.

Barking

No one would enjoy a vacation if they heard a dog barking at all hours. Goodness, even people can be loud and annoying with their behaviors in hotels, so being considerate is rule number one.

If you know your dog is prone to bark, especially when left alone, make sure you don’t leave them alone in the room. Even well trained dogs can bark in new environments, so don’t be too hard on yourself. Do your best to minimize barking though, even if a hotel is pet friendly they can still ask guests to leave for any reason.

Fees

There are usually extra fees involved in having your pet stay at a hotel. Make sure you ask if the fee is one time (at the end of the stay), or if it is an added nightly fee. This fee will vary depending on the hotel.

You may also be asked for a deposit. The deposit is there to protect the hotel from damage that a pet may cause to the room. The deposit is given back to you at checkout if all is well.

Be courteous.

Nothing is worse for other pet owners than those who want to ruin it for everyone. Be courteous and clean up after your pet. Follow the rules of the hotel. Help pet travelers gain a reputation for being guests hotels want to have.

Have fun, and safe travels!

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Can dogs eat chocolate?

chocolate candy

Oh how humans love chocolate! While it may be a wonderful treat for us, you should never share it with your dog. While there are many “human foods” that are fine to share with our furry friends, chocolate is on the do not feed list. Chocolate, even in small amounts, can lead to illness and even death in dogs.

If you suspect that your dog has eaten chocolate, don’t wait for signs before taking them to see your veterinarian. Warning signs of poisoning can take 6 to 12 hours to manifest. Symptoms include:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Diarrhea
  • Pacing
  • Panting
  • Shaking
  • Seizures

Early treatment is important, so be sure to see your vet right away if your dog eats chocolate. Make sure to tell your vet how much chocolate you think your dog ate, and what kind it was. Also be sure to alert them of any changes in behavior, and if your dog vomited.

A dog will usually vomit on their own, but if not your vet may recommend ways to induce vomiting to get the chocolate out of their system. Because stimulants in chocolate stay in the body for a long time, symptoms can last up to 72 hours in severe cases.

Keep all chocolate in a place where it is out of reach for dogs, and be extra careful when eating it so you don’t drop any. Dogs can be quick when they see something they want to eat!

As always, if you have concerns about your pet consult with your veterinarian.

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Guardian Angels K9 Fund for Police and Military Service Dogs

police-dog-300x240In recognition of K9 Veterans Day, the Angels for Animals Foundation is launching the Guardian Angels K9 Fund, which will raise money to ensure that service animals such as police and military dogs receive life-saving medical care while on active duty and in retirement.

“Our K9 officers and veterans serve our communities and risk their lives in the same way that our bravest service men and women do,” said Mark F. Magazu, II, Founder and Chairman of the Angels for Animals Foundation. “Like our human protectors, K9 officers are subjected to gunshot wounds, shrapnel from explosive devices, bone fractures and life-threatening internal trauma resulting from perpetrator physical assaults. The costs for this type of care can reach into the tens of thousands of dollars range, often exceeding the funding capabilities of handlers and departments. The Guardian Angels K9 Fund, if successful, will help ensure these canine heroes receive the medical care they need to return to health.”

The Guardian Angels K9 Fund was started in honor of a K9 hero named Judge, who served his community with the West Deptford Police Department in New Jersey for seven years. When K9 Judge was diagnosed with Cushing’s disease, his medical bills exceeded $12,000 in specialist medical care, the cost of which required his handler, Corporal Mike Franks, to ask his community for fundraising help.

FranksJudge13-8x10 The Guardian Angels K9 Fund is meant to assist service men and women, like Corporal Franks, and K9 heroes, like Judge, during these kinds of urgent, unexpected times of need. K9 Judge was laid to rest on February 20, 2015, surrounded by nearly 100 fellow human and K9 officers, who lined the road to honor Judge with a final salute. The Angels for Animals Foundation honors his memory today on K9 Veterans Day.

To donate to the Fund, simply text the word “GuardianK9” to the number 41444, followed by a space and then the amount you would like to donate. Donations can also be made online at www.BeMyAngel.com/Guardian.

For additional information, visit the Angels for Animals Foundation at www.BeMyAngel.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/angelsforanimalsfoundation.

About Guardian Angels K9 fund

The Guardian Angels K9 Fund is a dedicated fund of the Angels for Animals Foundation solely focused on raising money to provide life-saving medical care to police and military service dogs on active duty and in retirement. More information can be found at
www.BeMyAngel.com/Guardian.

About Angels for Animals Foundation

The Angels for Animals Foundation is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization that raises money to help pet owners suffering from extreme financial hardship to provide veterinary care for animals facing serious medical challenges. Each year, thousands of family pets are euthanized because their owners simply cannot afford life-saving medical treatments and procedures. The Angels for Animals Foundation has facilitated nearly $500,000 in services of either cash raised or negotiated free or discounted services for all types of animals since it was founded in 2011. Donations to the Angels for Animals Foundation can be made online or via text message. More information can be found at www.BeMyAngel.com.

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14 Reasons “The One” For You May Have 4 Legs

With millions of people looking for love online, Best Friends Animal Society asks the question: Why limit the search to the two-legged?

The One Kitten

“Ask just about any pet owner and they’ll tell you, dogs and cats provide them with a lot of joy, comfort and companionship,” said Gregory Castle, chief executive officer of Best Friends Animal Society. “And with so many dogs and cats in shelters or rescues waiting to be your one and only, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time of year to adopt a pet.”

To further promote prospective people and pet matches, Best Friends Animal Society is offering $10 adoptions during “The One” promotion taking place February 13-16 at its adoption centers in Utah, New York, or Los Angeles, as well as through participating No More Homeless Pets Network partners across the country. More information about the promotion can be found by visiting http://bestfriends.org/TheOne/.

The One Puppy

Still not sure about a four-legged Valentine? Best Friends Animal Society offer 14 compelling reasons why a pet might just be “The One” for you:

1. Pets won’t play hard to get.
2. Pets won’t break up with you on Twitter.
3. Pets won’t mock you for eating ice cream out of the carton.
4. Pets will never take the last beer.
5. Pets don’t care what kind of car you drive.
6. Pets love binge watching “Orange is the New Black” as much as you do.
7. Pets have no desire to trade you in for a newer model.
8. Pets couldn’t care less about your hair or what you wear.
9. Pets love it when you leave your clothes on the floor (instant nap spot!).
10. Pets won’t look at their smartphone when you are trying to have a conversation.
11. Pets are cheap dates – no fancy dinners or expensive jewelry required.
12. Pets drooling and snoring are pretty cute. Humans, not so much.
13. Pets will snuggle whenever you want.
14. Pets think every day is Valentine’s Day – just one more chance to show you unconditional love!

“We encourage anybody looking for love to go to one of our adoption centers or your local shelter or rescue to find that perfect match,” Castle said. “Big and small, young and old, there’s a wonderful adoptable pet waiting to meet you and make this your most special Valentine’s Day ever.”

The One Dog

About Best Friends Animal Society®
Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization dedicated exclusively to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. A leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends runs the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, as well as lifesaving programs in partnership with rescue groups and shelters across the country. Since its founding in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in American shelters from 17 million per year to about 4 million. By continuing to build effective initiatives that reduce the number of animals entering shelters and increase the number who find homes, Best Friends and its nationwide network of members and partners are working to Save Them All®.

To like Best Friends Animal Society on Facebook go to: http://www.facebook.com/bestfriendsanimalsociety

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