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Make pet holiday travel safe and sane by following these expert tips.
Traveling can be stressful and terrifying for your pets…and frightened pets can bolt very easily. Before you go on your trip check your transport equipment, such as carriers and leashes and collars, to be absolutely certain they are safe and secure before you leave home. Have tags printed with your mobile phone numbers so you can be reached if your pets get away from you. Hopefully you are doubly secure with a microchip in your dog, bird or cat’s body.
Traveling during the holidays can be tiring and downright. Make your family holiday sane and safe.
Feeding them before you leave will cause them to get upset stomachs and get sick in the car. I do recommend safety seat belts/pet car seats for pets, as we know anything can happen on the road. Please keep them safe. And one of the most important things about traveling with pets, is being sure they have proper ID. Go to your local pet store and use their quick vending machine to make a temporary tag that you can attach to your pet’s collar with your name and either cell phone number or phone number of the residence where you will be staying. Keep in mind that if your pet gets lost and it’s micro chipped, more than likely they’ll be calling your home residence, and if you’re traveling, of course you will not be there to take that call.
Use-TAGG the pet GPS tracker, so if the pet gets out of the car, or gets away at a rest stop, you can easily track it on your smart phone or laptop computer and get them back quickly. You can Google that! (pet tracker-TAGG)
The reason you’re traveling with your pet is because you love it and do not want to leave it home for the holidays, so please love it enough to keep it safe.
Resource for blog “petside.com” and myself
I asked Sara how she came across Luna, her dog…(see my last blog)….this is what Sara wrote-Please read-and if you can send a few bucks..it will make a HUGE difference! Sayulita-Their work is heart and soul!
“Last full moon night (August 30th) I drove home from Sayulita. I live 5 km from town. Just when I turned into the drive way I saw something black standing on the side of the highway. I stopped my car and got out to see what that black thing was. It was a dog. I immediately took food out of my car (I always keep dog food in the back), put some kibbles in my hand and slowly carefully approached the dog. He was careful, didn’t trust me at first and it took him a while to decide what to do. Finally he came up to me and started eating out of my hand. I put some more food in a bowl and put it on the ground away from the highway. I looked at him closely, it was a bright night and it broke my heart. I saw his jaw looked weird, I saw he was limping from his hind leg, I saw his fur was rough, I saw he was dripping wet as it had rained just before, I saw he was painfully thin……..overall he was the worst I have seen.
He ate and let me touch him.
Because I have a pack of 4 dogs and one of them is aggressive I couldn’t take him home that night. I decided to put him in my car and in the morning I would bring him to the clinic and have the vet look at him.
So I carefully picked him up and carried him to my car. He didn’t like it but let me do it. He absolutely did not like being in the car and wanted to jump out. So I said to him: ”ok buddy, I let you out, I put food for you here and you better stick around till the morning. Wait for me here and I will get you and we go to the vet!”
I drove off and saw him in the back mirror lying right there. I came to my house, turned on the light and……… saw that there were thousands of maggot-like insects growling all over me! I screamed at my dogs not to come close and went straight to the bathroom where I took a shower with my clothes on! It was gross and made me realize that the dog must be COVERED with these things but he didn’t even scratch himself. He is beyond that, he is like a Zombie dog.
Next morning came and he…..was NOT there. I looked for him but nothing.
The morning after he…..was THERE! I fed him and took some photos (one I sent to you) from that first meal. And then I saw all the insects that were living on him! Horrendous! I picked him up again and carried him to my car and off we went.
The vet and I gave him a bath which made me almost throw up and she checked him out.
He is old, he has no front teeth, his tongue is hanging at the side most times, he has a fractured leg or hip, he has erlichia and he is EXTREMELY sweet!
So now he lives at the clinic and I love him so very much. I named him Luna (even though he is a male) because I fist saw him at full moon.
I have been doing dog rescue for the last 3 1/2 years and it’s brutal work, Barbara. My heart is so broken and my soul so sad that I sometimes feel I can’t anymore. But I WILL! I won’t give up. It’s my passion and the dogs and cats are my very best friends.
Right now there are 5 starving dogs at the highway for whom I put food out. Four a female so as soon as they are fatter I will try to get them and have them spayed. They are very shy but with time I will win their trust.
Thank you for listening and thank you for your kind words, support and encouragement!
Yes, donations are coming in thanks to your efforts! Kimberley Clemens donated $15, Katie Hoffman $75 and Kim Kurylo $50 so far! Click here to help-www.sayulitanimals.org
It’s just wonderful!
Big hugs back from the SA gang!
Be careful! and read labels.
- Over four years and hundreds of sick and dead pets since their first warning to consumers, the FDA continues to proceed at a snail’s pace investigating just what the problem is with chicken jerky treats from China.
- Fed up pet owners have begun to involve their elected officials in demanding faster and more decisive action from the FDA. Pet owners have also teamed up to put pressure on retailers to voluntarily pull chicken jerky treats made in China off store shelves.
- An internal FDA document obtained by a major media outlet mentions three brands of pet treats contained in reports from pet owners and veterinarians.
- Predictably, the pet food companies in question and the FDA continue to insist there is no link between sick pets and chicken jerky treats.
- Under no circumstances should pet owners offer chicken jerky treats, tenders or strips from China to their dog or cat. Buy pet food products made in the U.S., or even better — make your own chicken jerky treats right at home
The FDA’s position is they will not implicate nor recall products until a specific contaminant has been identified. The agency maintains chicken jerky treat samples have been tested for drugs, poisons, mycotoxins, heavy metals and certain chemicals, yet the problem remains a mystery.
But while the FDA seems content to remain clueless about what’s causing the problem, pet owners and veterinarians in the U.S., Canada and Australia have their own suspicions. These include:
- Ongoing melamine contamination
- Irradiation of ingredients in jerky treats
- An as-yet unidentified chemical preservative
- Diethyelene glycol (a toxin)
Meanwhile, a grassroots group calling itself Animal Parents Against Pet Treats Made in China is working — with little success so far — to have retailers voluntarily pull potentially tainted chicken jerky pet treats off store shelves.
The Number of Sick and Dead Pets Continues to Climb
According to MSNBC.com, by February 10th of this year, the FDA had received 537 reports of sick dogs. That number included 353 from 2011 and 184 so far in 2012.
(Please note: The number of reported incidents varies tremendously depending on the source, thus I’m also seeing a total of 596 new reports just since the last FDA warning in November 2011ii . That would mean in about 4 months’ time there have been nearly 600 new reports of illness and death in pets who ate chicken jerky treats made in China. I’m not sure which sets of figures are correct. The situation is absolutely unacceptable, regardless.)
Symptoms include loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea (sometimes bloody), increased thirst and/or urination, and decreased activity.
Symptoms appear within a few hours to days after a dog eats the chicken jerky treats. Pets who become severely ill or have symptoms lasting more than 24 hours should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
Blood tests may show markers for kidney failure. Urinalysis may point to acquired Fanconi syndrome.
Fortunately, most sick dogs have fully recovered, however, an increasing number of deaths are also being reported.
RESOURCE: Dr Becker
I took my dog to Seal Beach Dog Park (March 25th 2012) and saw this incredible sight.
Julie, the English Pointer, was focused on a gopher hole. Suddenly I saw the gopher pop up and Julie was mesmerized. Keeping her focus on that cute little critter. This gopher would touch her nose to the dog’s nose. What???? A connection? Friendship? ADORABLE!!!
The dog’s owner said that Julie has killed the gophers in his backyard…but NOT at this park. He joked that this gopher is “Julie’s Pet”. I was in awe. Gotta watch this!
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This sweetheart of a DOG needs FOREVER home. Help us circulate. The right person will be very lucky to have Dash for their pet! He needs out TODAY! Watch the YOUTUBE video all the way at the bottom! Very sweet!
Dash (A1271488), 1 year, 28 pounds, the perfect size. This happy-go-lucky puppy is loved by everyone who meets him. Watch his video and see if you don’t swoon as well: http://youtu.be/LsDOLaxRhQs
Dash has got a chocolaty, soft coat, a great big smile, a winning personality – and sort-of-a-bum leg (well, femoral head). He’s been kept in the medical room and, though running around with glee and total enthusiasm whenever he gets the chance, seemingly in tip-top shape, will need an orthopedic consultation to determine if a further procedure is called for now or in the future. Dash adores other doggies, passing by their cages with a sniff and a wag whenever he gets the chance. DASH needs out of the shelter now!!!
HE IS LOVED BUT NEEDS A FOREVER HOME> He is LA but will travel to his FORever home…we can make it work!
“Something Good” – Directed/Photographed by Robin Layton from Robin Layton
Need Pet Loss Support for Children and Adults?
Here are some Books that can help cope with the loss of your Pet. Your Pet is a family member and sometimes the unexpected grief you feel can be overwhelming. You may feel depressed and miss them more than you knew possible.
For Children: These stories can help them cope:
*TEAR SOUP by Pat Schweibert
*THE TENTH GOOD THING about BARNEY by Judith Viorst
*I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU by Hans Wilhelm
*WHEN YOUR PET DIES by Diane Pomerance PhD
*WHEN ONLY THE REMAINS: THE PAIN OF PET LOSS by Emily Margaret Stuparyk
*SAYING GOODBYE TO THE PET YOU LOVE: A COMPLETE RESOURCE *TO HELP YOU HEAL by Lorri A. Greene and Jacquelyn Landis
This is Elliot, a British Bulldog, and this is an “un-posed” picture
Trying to beat the TEXAS heat after his owners emptied their cooler in the driveway in Sachse , TEXAS .
One picture is worth a thousand words……