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How to Safely Travel With Your Pet

There is nothing more distressing to me than driving by someone who has their pet in lap as they drive. While it’s obvious there is a bond between the pet and its owner, I can’t help but worry about the pet’s safety. A simply accident and the family dog could be severely injured or worse by hitting a steering wheel or by an airbag deploying. In fact, the accident itself could be the result of the pet suddenly moving or distracting the driver.

There is a reason small children aren’t allowed to ride in the front seat until they are a certain weight and height. While an airbag certainly prevents many injuries, the force of it going off is a violent action. A small body, whether it’s a child or a pet aren’t designed to withstand such force.Travel with your dog so that your safe

Pet safety seats are a way to keep your dog or cat safe whether it’s on a trip to the park or while traveling across country. Many are easy to hook up and even easier to secure your pet in. Often it’s a matter of using a safety strap that secures with a seat belt. One of the advantages for a smaller pet is the raised seat allows them to easily watch out the window. They are also easy to remove so it doesn’t take much to switch them to another vehicle.

It’s not just traveling that can pose a risk to pets. Leaving them alone in a vehicle in the summer makes them vulnerable to the heat. A car can get as warm as 120 degrees while parked and just opening a window will help in cooling them off.

Time for a Vacation? Plan Accordingly

Summer is coming and vacation plans are being made. If you’re like many pet owners, this trip involves taking the family pet along. A car seat is even more important, but so are other accessories.

Just as you do with the rest of the family, prepare a list in advance of what your pet will need on the trip, from having enough food to bringing their favorite water dish. Any medicines your pet may need should be at the top of the list, as well as some of their personal belongings such as blankets and toys.

Whether flying on an airplane, traveling in the family vehicle, or touring the country in an RV, a pet carrier is a good idea. An airline approved dog carrier could function for all of these. And there are even carriers that function like slings, making it easy to take your pet around as you take in the scenery.

If you don’t want to go with a car seat for your pet, then consider a pet travel crate. This will give them a little room to walk around and if you decorate it with their favorite blankets and toys it could seem like a second home for them. It will also come in handy if you have to leave for a while and can’t take them along.

Going to a warm location can mean your pet can become overly warm, not just during the day, but at night. Cooling mats or cooling vests are easy to use and do a lot to keep your pet comfortable.

One thing not to overlook is to have an easily readable engraveable Pet ID tag. It wouldn’t take much for your dog to suddenly jump out the door when you’ve stopped after a long day of driving. If your dog or cat has a pet id with your cell phone number on it, it will make things easier if someone finds them running around the campground.

Do you and your pet travel frequently? If I’ve left off something that travelers might find of interest, please leave something in our comments section.

Why purchasing a quality Pet ID tag is important

March 15, 2012 | Comments (0) | Pet ID tags

Of all the items you purchase for your pet, its ID tag can seem to be the cheapest. After all you can walk into a pet supply store, put a token into a machine and have your information punched into an ID tag. Yet, an ID tag can be one of your most important purchases and that cheap tag you recently purchased may, in fact, put your pet at risk.

Having a pet become lost is a stressful time for them and their owners. Each year millions of dogs end up in shelters or found wandering on the streets by strangers. One report estimates that each year 600,000 pet owners have to go to a shelter to reclaim their missing dog. You can make sure your pet is one of those lucky enough to be reunited with their pet through an easily identifiable id tag.

One of the first steps you should do after you pick up your new pet is to get its ID tag.  Your pets name will be the first things listed on the tag, followed by its family name and address.

The phone number is next. Many people naturally put their home phone number on the tag, but is this the best idea? Most people don’t use their home phone as much anymore, but they always have their cell phones. And what about when you’re traveling and no one is home? Your best option is to put your cell number on the id tag, so anyone finding your pet, can get in touch with you Pet ID Tagsimmediately.

The problem is that many cheap tags don’t allow you to put as much information as you like. Just the basic information may not be enough. For example, what if your dog has health problems, such as being blind or deaf? Perhaps it has allergies. Having medical information on your tag could protect your pet, while the person who found it is temporarily caring for it.

Having more information on a tag is just one reason to go with a better quality pet ID tag. While they may be more expensive initially, a quality pet id is actually cheaper, and safer, in the long run. That pet id tag you purchased from a machine isn’t designed to last forever.  They’re cheap because they’re made cheaply.  It won’t take long before the engraving begins to wear down. All it takes is for one number on your phone number to wear down and suddenly whoever finds your pet, can’t call you. If like many people your number is no longer in the phone book, they also can’t look it up even if they can read your name.

At Sassy Pup and many dog boutiques, engravelable pet id tags are available. Our identification tags are made of stainless steel and brass and the engraving is guaranteed to be readable for life. So the information on them remains easy to read. Our identification tags are made of stainless steel and brass and the engraving is guaranteed to be readable for life

Something else to consider is that a pet id is constantly in view. If you want to have your pet stand out then why not get a pet id with a little bling or character to it. At our dog boutique we offer a number of different styles, from gold and silver tags, to those that are patriotic or have a sports theme.Engraveable Dog Id tags

We even offer crystal pet id tags that come in an assortment of Swarovski crystal colors, shapes, and sizes. The jeweled dog id tags are gorgeous, handmade, cut from various metals and hand set with fancy Swarovski crystals. A layer of protective coating is added on top of the crystals to make it last for years to come.

Purchasing a Pet ID tag may seem like a simple thing. But take the time and money to get one that adequately protects your pet when they become lost. This way they’ll get home that much quicker.

What to buy for a new puppy

 

Getting a puppy is a big event for a family or for someone looking for a companion. Before bringing your new friend home you want to make sure you’re prepared. Knowing what to buy for a puppy before you bring it home will make it easier both for you and your new pet.

Where your puppy sleeps is an important decision. They are going through a period of adjustment in their new home. A crate is a way to develop their own little room while also keeping them and your belongings safe when no one is home.  Depending on the breed, you might want to find something they can easily grow in so you’re not replacing it in a few months.  If it’s too big in the beginning, do something to partition part of it off.

Some prefer to use a dog carrier for their pet to sleep in, especially if they travel a lot. Make sure what you get is airline approved if you plane to take your pet on board airplanes. At Sassy Pup we identify which airline carriers we sell are airline approved.

If you’re looking to really pamper your puppy then consider getting them their own bed.  There are literally dozens of styles to choose from, from a bolster bed to novelty beds that look like race cars. Maybe you already know your new pet’s personality and a designer or novelty bed could reflect their character.

Initially you might just want to put an old blanket or towel in the bed or crate with them as they are liable to chew on it or have accidents. You can always get them something nicer as they become housebroken.

A cage is a place they have a little more room in and can play in. It can also be a place where they can play with other puppies. Get something sturdy so that you don’t have to worry about them knocking it over and possibly being injured.

For the water bowls and food bowl get them something that won’t be easily tipped over, such as ones made from stainless steel. Otherwise you’re constantly cleaning up their mess and they’re liable to be without water.

Having something to walk your pet with is a must, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be a leash and collar. While these can be safe some prefer a harness as it puts less pressure on a puppy’s neck. Whatever you get, make sure it’s the right size so that you can secure them safely. The last thing you want to have happen is for your little puppy get loose on their walk and potentially be harmed.

Most pet owners know that they need to have an easy to read pet ID tag, but why not get them something with a little bling. Get your little prince or princess something that will stand out and contain the needed information.

If you want to carry your pet around with you then consider a dog sling that slips over your shoulder and easily carries your pet.  At Sassy Pup we are all about designer products and what has proven popular with many of our shoppers are dog carriers that double as purses. These designer carriers look like stylish purses and even have room for your belongings.Puppy Toy

As with any youngster toys are a great way to occupy their time and maybe even burn off a little energy. Get something durable so that it’s not torn to pieces after one day of playing. One dog toy that is especially popular with Sassy Pup’s clientele is a Puppy Toy With Heartbeat Golden Dog. Many puppies feel separation anxiety being away from their mother and siblings. This toy has a heartbeat that comforts them and has heat packs that will keep your puppy warm at night. It’s a great way to get them to adjust to sleeping in their new environment and not have them whimpering all night.

As with any newborn there are always a lot of things they’ll need to have from food appropriate for their age to even diapers and belly bands. If it’s the winter months, then go clothes shopping starting with a winter coat. Shampoo and toothpaste also need to be purchased. And don’t forget to have plenty of dog treats on hand, as they’ll come in handy while training your puppy.

It seems like a lot to take care of, but you want your puppy to come into a welcoming and safe environment. They are going to be an integral part of your life for a number of years and they’ll pay you back tenfold for what you’ve given them. Help them get adjusted to your place right away and feel it is their home.


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