What You Need To Carry When You Travel With Your Dog

Written by Terrie Simpson

Spring is here and withrepparttar onset of warm weather, comes more dog shows and our annual vacations, plusrepparttar 142774 urge to take a Sunday drive. However, we sometimes neglectrepparttar 142775 needs of our pets or do not take extra precautions for unseen emergencies. If you cannot board your pet, or leave it at home and find that you must take it with you please make sure you provide adequate ventilation and water in your vehicle. Plus you should read up on heat stroke and heat prostration. Below is a simple check list to ensure your pet is provided for under normal circumstances and inrepparttar 142776 event of an emergency:

• a comfortable crate or seatbelt harness

• 2 leashes (your usual one and a spare)

• a spare collar

• ample water for your pet, yourself and your vehicle

• a water dish

• your pets first aid kit

• your first aid kit

• tools for your vehicle

• a brush to remove brambles and ticks

• pet food (if canned, store in a cooler if opened) • toys to offset boredom (nothing worse than chewed upholstery) • a tarp for shade, or park in a shady area

Protect Your Pet from Toxic Plants

Written by Michele Webb

Have you checked your yard for flowers or plants that may be toxic to your pet? If you have a cat or dog, you may want to do some research on plants, before you bring them home, to determine which could be harmful to your pet. Here are a few plants that are toxic to cats and dogs.

•Oleander: if your pet comes into contact and eats (or licks) an oleander bush or flower, symptoms may include upset stomach or hypothermia. In cats and dogs hypothermia presents as cool paws, ears and stomach.

•Azalea: symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, and weakness.

•Lilies: in cats symptoms may include vomiting, lethargy and loss of appetite.

•Sago Palm: if your pet consumes any part of a Sago Palm, symptoms might include vomiting, diarrhea and seizures.

Other common home and garden plants that are considered to be toxic to your dog or cat include:

•Aloe Vera (commonly used for burns and sunburns)

•Boston Ivy (common ground cover or hanging plant)

•Calla Lilly (flowering plant either indoors or outdoors)

•Bracken Fern (common variety of fern)

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