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December 18th, 2013 Volume 4, Issue 51 Follow Us Facebook Twitter Youtube
If Dogs Could Talk

What Pet Owners Must Do When The Weather Outside Is Frightful

by Monica Reyes

This time of year, holiday travel is at its peak, and if you’re planning a trip yourself, you may be considering whether to take your fur-baby along with you.  Like many other pet parents, you may worry how well your dog or cat will do on a long flight or car ride.  For those with older pets, you may even worry about how the cold weather can affect your pet’s mobility.

When the weather is cold (and in some locations throughout the US, beyond freezing), it can take us humans, and our pets, a considerable amount of energy to fight through the harsh weather and get to where we need to go.  Our furry friends, being much closer to the ground, may be having a more difficult time battling this Winter weather that we are.  You may want to consider a sweater and some booties to keep your pup or kitty warm when you go out for walks.  

Older dogs and those with arthritis or joint problems may be taking to the climate change even harder than younger animals, finding it harder to stay active.  Our new product from Wapiti Labs, called Mobility, helps promote joint flexibility for dogs in their second stage of life or those with mobility problems. This product has been formulated for dogs that have begun show signs of decreased activity due to joint pain or arthritis, are affected by extremely cold and damp weather, or dogs that feel pain when climbing stairs.  

Mobility is also great for helping pets maintain an active lifestyle or for those that enjoy activities like hunting and agility.  This product includes a blend of Eastern herbs for healing as well as Elk Velvet Antler to support and maintain:

  • Long term health
  • Joint mobility
  • Normal stamina and endurance
  • Healthy immune system
  • Normal blood cell health
  • Normal function and health of the kidneys
  • Eye function
  • Proper body functions and overall quality of life

When it comes to travelling, some pets may associate a car ride with negative experiences (like going to the vet) and will show signs of discomfort and anxiety.  This can cause your pooch (or your kitty) to not want to get in the vehicle or carrier.  Don't let that discourage you from travelling with your favorite pal. After all, it is a fear that they must overcome.  To help your pet acclimate to the travel environment before you head out on your trip, use Doggy Dan’s dog training method to desensitize your pet to the “stressful” travel environment.

As a pet parent, we want to make sure that our dogs have positive and comfortable experiences while travelling, especially during this time of year when we want to visit family and friends for holiday gatherings.  The cold weather can greatly affect how your dog feels during a long drive.  We have some great tips that may assist you and your family to help make it to your next destination safely and at ease.

Whether you plan to travel by car or plane, there are many things that you may need to consider in order to make the ride pleasant for everyone.  Here are a few things to consider when travelling:

  • Am I travelling by plane or car?
  • Is my pooch comfortable with riding by car or plane?
  • Is my pooch comfortable in a harness, crate, etc?
  • Is my hotel or family okay with me travelling with my pooch?
  • Does my pooch have anxiety or get sick while travelling?

A great item to keep with you while travelling is Rescue Remedy (RR), a natural remedy for stress relief.  This can be used by your pet and you during stressful situations like adapting to new surroundings, loud noises, or separation and travel anxiety.  You can spray RR onto food or in your pet’s water and repeat as needed until your pet is calm. You can also rub RR on paw pads, ears, nose, or gums.  RR is a safe, natural remedy and cannot be overused or overdosed.

Remember, when it comes to traveling this holiday season, your pet and you are not on your own.  You can be sure that having Mobility and Rescue Remedy on hand will put your pet (and your mind) at ease.  Just remember to stay prepared when you are ready to hit the road so your pet and you can enjoy the holidays together.

ggggMonica Reyes is a Raw Pet Food Specialist for BARF World Inc. She is a full-time student and working mom to a young toddler, a terrier mix named Mookie and a tabby cat named Phillip. Monica enjoys healthy home cooking and spending quality time with her family. For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for The Intelligent Pet monthly e-zine at www.barfworld.com.

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