Sweeten the Kitty: Tips for Easier Traveling with Pets

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – You look forward to your vacation, but leaving your furry friends behind is more than you can handle. Luckily, it’s easier than ever to bring your pets along for the ride.

There are plenty of pet -friendly lodging establishments, restaurants, and a slew of gear and other pet products that make traveling with Fido and Fluffy more comfortable. Consider trying the following tips before packing your pets’ travel bags:

* Plan ahead. Prepare to include your pets in the fun by making a list of the extra gear and supplies that you will need and any special reservations that you may require. Include food, litter, leashes, toys, beds, medications and pet carriers. Just to be safe, carry notes regarding your pet’s medical history and your veterinarian’s contact information.

* Have a practice round. If your pet is not used to car or plane travel, introduce him to the carrier prior to departure. Toss in a favorite toy or familiar object and take a spin around the block. Make sure that the carrier is airline-compliant and sturdy enough to make the trip.

* Travel green. Leaving home does not have to mean abandoning planet-friendly habits. Use biodegradable waste disposal bags when cleaning up after your pooch. If traveling with a cat, use a cat litter that offers odor control, clumping for easy clean-up and all-natural, flushable ingredients, such as World’s Best Cat Litter (www.worldsbestcatlitter.com).

* Keep moving. Just like humans, your pets need as much exercise away from home as they do in their own environment. Make sure you make plenty of stops along the way and allow every member of your family to stretch his or her legs and breathe fresh air. Once at your destination, include your pet in hikes, walks on the beach or a visit to a local park.

* Drink up. Make sure that your pet has access to clean water throughout your travels. A pet’s body is comprised of 80 percent water– proper hydration is key to good health at home and on the road.

* Have fun. Enjoy this extra-special time with your pet. Include him or her in your vacation photo album. Visit a local dog park. It’s likely that your pet will “introduce you” to new friends along the way.

Are You Ready for Your New Puppy?

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Many families buy puppies during the holidays, only to become overwhelmed.

Bringing a dog home can be a 15-year commitment, not to mention a huge financial and emotional responsibility. Many families do not realize how much work raising a puppy entails. Sadly, many holiday puppies end up in shelters come January.

Animals can bring joy into their human’s lives, but only if people are ready to keep a canine companion healthy and safe. Here are some tips for anyone considering getting a puppy for the holidays:

– Make sure that a dog will fit into your lifestyle. Do you have the money to pay for food, routine and emergency vet bills and training costs? Will you be home to care for your puppy? If not, will you be able to find or hire a sitter? Can you handle paw prints on your floors and dog hair on your furniture? If you answer “no” to any of these questions, you might want to get a lower-maintenance pet instead.

– Puppy-proof your home before you bring Fido home. Puppies will chew on anything in reach. Some people hide or bundle loose cables and wires as a preventative measure. Place house plants out of puppy-reach, and keep floors clear. Make sure your puppy has a kennel or a bed -; it will need its own space.

Owners can also use Invisible Fence to keep their new dog safe. “A lot of people don’t realize our products can be used inside the home,” says Mark Thomas, the Senior Brand Manager for Invisible Fence Brand. The company’s Shields In-Home Safety Solution is an ideal gift to keep a new puppy safe. The system features a small, portable transmitter and a special computer collar worn by the pet. The system is gentle enough for puppies as young as eight weeks, so it can help young pets stay out of trouble.

– Do your research before getting your puppy. Many pet stores are fronts for puppy mills, where ill dogs face horrendous abuse. Consider adopting from an animal shelter -; one out of every four shelter dogs is a purebred animal. If you really don’t want to adopt, look for a reputable breeder who will let you see their breeding facilities and meet your puppy’s parents.

To give an Invisible Fence Brand Solution as a gift these holidays, you may visit www.invisiblefence.com and find your local Invisible Fence Brand dealership.

Survey: Canines Are Kings of the Castle

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Ever wonder what your dog does while you’re away? A new survey shows that most dogs are enjoying the comforts of home: Nearly 70 percent of dog owners say their dogs spend at least half their time hanging around indoors.

When asked what their dogs do all day, 66 percent of American dog owners thought their dogs lounged the day away, while only 9 percent imagined their pets romping with toys.

Many dogs have a lot of freedom in the home, according to the survey, which was conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs on behalf of Purina Little Bites Indoor Complete brand. Thirty-six percent of dog owners allow their dogs into every room in the house, as long as they follow special rules, while 28 percent of dog owners offer their pups free reign over the entire house.

The majority of dog owners surveyed said their pets spend most of the day sleeping, so diet is a special consideration for these dogs, who might not expend the same amount of energy as their outdoor counterparts.

Inside dogs can benefit from a high-protein food, such as Purina Little Bites Indoor Complete, which is specially formulated for indoor dogs to help maintain lean muscle mass and ideal body condition. Vitamin E and minerals also help keep the skin and coat healthy, as indoor dogs can be prone to dry skin.

What about home decor? How much does Fido influence your decorating? The survey showed that 31 percent of all dog owners decorate with their dogs in mind. Generations X and Y are at the forefront of this trend; 41 percent of dog owners between the ages of 18 and 34 have dog-friendly decor.

Perhaps it’s the practicality that appeals. After all, if your pooch is home all day, it’s wise to invest in a little stain-resistant flooring or scratch-proof furnishings. If money were no object, 63 percent of dog owners surveyed would buy furniture that resists shedding, stains and tears. And 75 percent would buy their pampered pups all new furniture of their very own.

For more information on the survey and nutrition for dogs, visit www.longliveyourdog.com.