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Top Tips for Summer Pet Safety

Summer is full of fun events, and more and more of them are welcoming pets! Always check first to make sure your dog will be welcome, and if they are, here’s what you need to know before you go to keep your dog safe and happy.

Keep your pets safe in the summer

Top Tips for Summer Pet Safety

1. First thing’s first! Don’t leave home without… 4-ft. leash (NOT retractable), portable water dish + water, pet formulated sunscreen, ID tag with your cell phone number, poo bags

2. Parked Cars – Even on mild days your car gets HOT, which can turn fatal in as little as 15 minutes. Never leave your dog in the car, even with the windows cracked. If he’s not feeling the festival, you need to call it a day.

3. Sunshine – When temperatures are peaking, take frequent breaks in the shade. It’s also a good idea to bring along a spray bottle so you can deliver a cooling spritz whenever your dog needs it.

4. Beer Tent – Nothing refreshes like a cold beer on a hot day, but never share your brew with your bud. Alcohol is toxic to pets, even in seemingly “harmless” amounts.

5. Food Truck – Chicken wings, Mexican street corn and funnel cake, oh my! They may be staple fare at summer fairs, but they don’t belong on Fido’s plate. Bones, cobs and greasy fats can cause intestinal blockages and pancreatitis. Pack fresh veggies for a healthy treat.

6. Your trash is a dog’s treasure – Fairgrounds are a smorgasbord of dropped food and wrappers—so you’ve got to think one step ahead of your pet! To prevent accidental snacking, use a Gentle Leader to control roving noses.

7. Other Dogs – It’s always fun to make new friends, but remember that dogs can easily become overstimulated in a busy environment. Keep meetings with other animals brief, and if you see either pet stiffen, growl, or give a hard stare or side eye, end the introduction and take a time out.

8. Children – The youngest among us can be unpredictable, loud and unaware of how to properly approach a dog. Small children who are running around can activate your dog’s instinct to chase. Give your pup space from playing children so he doesn’t perceive them as a threat.

9. Fireworks – A summertime favorite—but your dog may not always enjoy them. Avoid events with explosives if your pup suffers from noise phobias (if he doesn’t like thunderstorms, that’s a good clue). If you do bring your pet to a festival with fireworks, hold on tight to his leash; a startled pup may try to bolt from the blast, and you don’t want to lose your dog in the crowd!

10. Music – Keep an eye on your dog when your favorite band takes the stage, and remove him to a quiet area if you notice any signs of discomfort. If your pup is trembling, barking, cowering, or trying to bolt, he may not be ready to rock and roll.

11. Campfires – A crackling campfire feels quintessentially summer, but can tempt curious noses and cause accidental burns. Keep furry friends a safe distance from the flames. If you’re making s’mores be sure chocolate, wrappers and roasting sticks don’t fall into the wrong paws.

12. Puddles – If a “rain or shine” event turns soupy and soggy, be sure to keep your dog from drinking from puddles. Leptospirosis and giardia lurk in standing water, and can cause nasty illnesses that will rain on your parade.

13. Crowds – Unfortunately, there may be times when furry festival goers behave better than two-legged guests. Stay away from rowdy crowds and avoid letting intoxicated people hound your dog.

Whether you’re sun worshipping or stargazing, summer fairs and festivals are fun for the whole family. With your best friend in tow, there’s more to prepare for, but with a little planning it’s easy to put safety first. We hope that you have a fun summer, and don’t forget to follow these tips from the Petplan expert.

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Pet Proof Your Car

The summer season has started, and with it comes road trips! Of course, any time you travel with your fur baby in the car messes might happen. Luckily there are some easy tips to help you pet proof your car so it’s always ready to go!

Pet Proof Your Car

We thought that these tips were pretty helpful and quiet easy to put into practice. Plastic mats are a good idea even if you don’t travel with your pet! We would also like to suggest that you get your pet their own seat belt so they can stay safe during your rides.

Also, it’s helpful to know if your pet suffers from car sickness or not, because that is miserable for everyone! If they do you can talk with your vet to see which options might help best.

Hopefully these tips will help you, and your fur babies, enjoy road trips and keep your car clean too!

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7 Signs Your Cat Is Sick: The Symptoms You Need to Look After

When you own a furry feline, you’ve got a friend for life! And what’s great about owning a cat is how laid-back and relaxed they are. But the problem is that they can end up being too calm that you might not know they’re already sick! Besides the regular checkups, you’ll also need to look out for the signs yourself. It’s time to start paying extra attention to the way your cat acts and feels when around you.
It’s tricky to tell your cat feels off; I show you the seven signs your cat is sick and how you can deal with it.

Even if your cat doesn’t look like it, these are the telltale signs your cat is sick:

Change in Attitude

Usually, your cat would feel in pain without showing it. But he has different actions from before, such as:

  • Hiding
  • In a hunched position and sitting very still
  • Uninterested in anything and neglecting to groom himself
  • Over-grooming or licking one spot more often
  • Excessive and unusual meows or other sounds
  • Restlessness or feeling anger towards surroundings

If you see that your furry friend begins to sit still even when he used to play a lot, or that your relaxed cat moves more so than usual, then he might be feeling uncomfortable with something in his body.

Change of Appetite

Classic Tabby Scottish Fold

If you noticed that your cat isn’t eating as much as he used to, then he might have lost interest in his food, focusing more on the pain he feels. Other times, he might feel too nauseous to eat (without showing it!). Weight loss from this is another sign that your cat is sick.

Another thing to notice would be if your cat suddenly starts eating more. This symptom may mean a problem with your cat’s thyroid glands. Excessive thirst might also mean something dangerous, such as a kidney disease, diabetes, or infections.

Bad Breath

Sure, cats don’t have the minty fresh breath. Usually, they have cat food breath that’s acceptable. But if you’re with your cat and suddenly smell something very fishy and off when he meows, then that may mean there’s something wrong.

Constant Yearn for Attention
If your cat begins asking for even more attention than he has before, he might be trying to tell you that he’s sick. Just like hiding, it may be him showing he’s in pain and needs help.

Change of Toilet Habits

Classic Tabby Scottish Fold

If your cat regularly goes to the litter box or consistently stays around it, he might be suffering from a medical problem. And if you notice a change in bowel movements, such as always urinating or pooping, then you’ll need to have him checked for any stomach problems. ESPECIALLY if it’s diarrhea!

Change of Sleeping Habits
Just like humans, cats in pain or feeling sick would have a hard time resting up. So if your cat, who usually sleeps or has a regular sleeping pattern, starts to stay up incessantly meowing or staying still the whole night, then it’s time to check him for medical problems.

Or if your usually active cat begins to sleep more (even during mealtimes!), then that means he’s trying to relieve the pain by resting.

Mouth Breathing
It might seem amusing if your cat breathes through his mouth like a dog, but it isn’t normal at all. It may mean that he has a heart or respiratory problem. Once you notice your cat panting through his mouth, then take him to the vet immediately.

An exception to this sign would be if he were running around or feeling very stressed (such as being in the vet’s office or other unfamiliar surroundings).

Tips On Caring for Your Cat

At the Vet's 2

If you spot any of these symptoms on your cat, then it’s time to take action. Here are the tips to follow to care for your sick cat:

– Take him to the vet. If your cat suffers from any symptom despite the relaxed look, then it’s best to bring him to a medical professional and have him checked before anything else. The vet will know what to prescribe or what you should do to keep your cat healthy.

If your cat suffers from diarrhea but seems fine or appears to have difficulty eating or digesting his food, then what he consumes may be the culprit. Have him drink more water and check what he eats. If you can change your cat’s food to something healthier (wet food is better for younger or senior cats), then better.

Again, you can ask your vet for food recommendations if your cat’s stomach seems to reject the food, even if he likes it.

– Not only should you give him medicine (only as prescribed by the vet) and feed him well, but make sure to give him the care and attention he needs. Bring familiar and loved toys to him and have your cat stay as comfortable as possible, may it be in the hospital or if you’re treating him at home.

In Conclusion
There will be times you get surprised to know that your cat is feeling sick. Why? Because of how relaxed he seems to be. That’s why you need to be informed about the signs and ways to tell if your cat doesn’t feel good. That way, you won’t only find out when it’s too late, and your cat ends up feeling worse.

I hope that this article on the seven signs your cat is sick informs you about the things you’ll need to watch out for when caring for your cat. So what are you waiting for? If you spot your cat suffering from any of these symptoms, then know how to treat him and bring him to the vet immediately. You’ll be preventing more consequences for both you and your cat that way.

Do you have any questions or tips when caring for a sick cat? Then comment down below. All your comments are greatly appreciated.

Author Bio:
Annie is the founder of MeowKai, where she and her associates write about cat behavior, health issues, and tips and tricks on how to get your cat to behave! It concentrates on creating the best life for you and your cat so you can enjoy each other’s company and build that trust that is so important between pet and human.

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Making Trips to the Vet Easier [Infographic]

Your dog might understandably be quite apprehensive about going to the vet and the whole experience is often very stressful for them. It’s a trip that they will almost certainly need to make at some point, though, so find out what you can do to try and ease your dog’s worries about visiting the vet.

This infographic from Greyhounds as Pets contains some very useful tips and pointers on making the trip to the vet less stressful and worrying for your dog – and, indeed, for you.

Making trips to the vet easier

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