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Finding a Boarding Facility or Pet Sitter for Dogs: Where to Start and What to Ask


Bringing a dog into your life often means that trips out of town can become a little more complicated. Sometimes you can’t bring your dog with you, sometimes you don’t want to bring them with you, and some dogs simply don’t want to go with you — at least not all the time. Where do you leave your dog when you’re away? This is usually a tough question, especially if you can’t find someone you know who has the time (or experience) to care for your pet. On the other hand, Internet pet sitting services have made it easier than ever to find a sitter, but not all sitters are created equal. And many people prefer to board their dogs at their vet or with another reputable facility.

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Topics: Dogs, travel with pets, holiday safety, Travel, pet sitting, treatment authorization, pet health, pet sitter, dog boarding

Traveling With Pets – Tips For Taking Them With You Or Leaving Them Behind


With Labor Day weekend upon us, we assume that many of you might be packing up and heading out of town for some much needed R&R or holiday fun. So we wanted to provide you with a few pet travel tips and considerations, regardless of whether your cats and dogs will be joining you for your trip or staying behind.

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Topics: dog fleas, cat fleas, travel with pets, fleas in bed, Heartworm, Rat Bait, Rodenticides, Bug Bites, Sunscreen, sago palms

Snail & Slug Bait – Bad For Pets – What You Can Use In Your Garden Instead


Like to garden? Hate snails and slugs? Have pets?
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Most snail and slug poisons contain a compound called metaldehyde, which is also extremely poisonous to cats and dogs. Metaldehyde kills snails and slugs by causing them to dehydrate (it does this both by disturbing their ability to produce their protective mucus coating and by causing them to swell). In cats and dogs it has a much different effect, an effect which can be quite devastating and even fatal!

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Topics: toxicity, travel with pets, Snails, Outdoor cats, Dogs Outdoors, Dog-friendly products

How Pet-Friendly Is Your Next Hotel?


Traveling with pets can be fun, but...

Now, more than ever, pet owners are finding it easier to bring their pets on vacation with them. With the emergence of VRBO, Airbnb, as well as an increasing number of hotels and motels opening their doors to pets, finding a place that accepts the whole family is becoming more commonplace. But just because the place you’re staying at is labeled “pet friendly” it doesn’t mean that you and your pet won’t get a rude awakening.

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Topics: dog fleas, cat fleas, travel with pets, fleas in bed, chocolate toxicity, Rat Bait, Rodenticides, sago palms

Going On Vacation... Who Makes Pet Care Decisions While You're Away?


The holiday season often means vacation

And while it’s always nice to include your pets in your travel plans, doing so isn’t always practical or possible. It’s at times like these that more and more people are turning to pet sitters and family/friends to watch and help care for their cats and dogs (and other pets).

When you're away from your pet though – who's authorized to make their medical care decisions on your behalf?

You'll likely think to leave behind instructions regarding feeding, walking, and medicating your pets. But are you aware of the importance of leaving whoever is going to be watching after your pets another very important bit of information, too – authorization for medical care decisions in your absence? 

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Topics: Dogs, travel with pets, holiday safety, Cats, Travel, pet sitting, treatment authorization, pet health

Preventing Travel Anxiety and Carsickness in Dogs


Picture this… the family heading off to the coast, kids and pooches eager for the journey and playing in the ocean. Perhaps you envision more of a quiet camping trip with your furry buddy, or a visit to the in-laws? Whatever the destination, having your dog along for the ride just tends to make for a better trip, doesn’t it? Dogs can be great travel companions!

But wait, before you gas up the car and back out of the driveway, there are definitely a few things you can do to make your dog's trip in the car smoother, safer, and more enjoyable – for everybody.

Travel Anxiety and Carsickness… They’re No Fun for Anyone

Does your dog get anxious in the car? Do they pant and never settle down? Do they vomit at even the thought of a car ride? Travel anxiety and carsickness can ruin a road trip before it even hits the highway. What can you do about it? Fortunately, quite a few things – give the suggestions in this article a whirl to make Fido a better traveler.
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Topics: Cerenia, How to Travel with Dogs, Adaptil, Road Trips, Dogs and Cars, Travel Sickness, Nausea in Dogs, travel with pets, antihistimines for dogs, travel anxiety, anti-anxieties for dogs, travelling with dogs, Blog

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Please do not ask emergency or other specific medical questions about your pets in the blog comments. As an online informational resource, Preventive Vet is unable to and does not provide specific medical advice or counseling. A thorough physical exam, patient history, and an established veterinary-patient-client relationship is required to provide specific medical advice. If you are worried that your pet is having an emergency or if you have specific medical questions related to your pet’s current or chronic medical conditions, please contact or visit your veterinarian, an animal-specific poison control hotline, or your local emergency veterinary care center.

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