Traveling With Your Dog

Traveling dog

If you are traveling with your dog this summer, here are a few tips to help you prepare.

1 – See your vet – Make sure all vaccinations are up to date.  Carry a record of those with you.  Make sure you have an ample supply of all medications.

2 – ID Tag – Even if your dog has a microchip, it is a good idea to use an ID tag while traveling.  Include your name, address, cell phone number, the location and contact number for where you will be staying, and perhaps an email address.  A recent photo of your dog will make it easier for others to help find a lost dog.

3 – Food – Make sure you pack plenty of your dog’s food.  It is a good idea to have a couple of extra days supply as well just in case plans change or unexpected delays occur on the way home.  Don’t rely on a store at your destination to have your particular brand of food.

4 – Water – Be sure to always have plenty of water available during the trip.  Bottled water is best since dog’s stomachs can be sensitive to changes in water supply.

5 – Other packing essentials – Other necessities to consider include bedding and favorite toys.  I like to always have an extra leash and collar as well, especially if going to the beach where I know they will be quickly covered in sand!

If you are traveling by car, here are a few other considerations.

  • Please, no heads out of the window!  I know that dogs smile wildly feeling the breeze on their face, however it is just not safe.  Your dog can be easily injured by flying debris.
  • Make frequent stops for bathroom and exercise.  Be sure to offer water at each stop to prevent dehydration.
  • Don’t leave them alone in a parked vehicle.  The temperature in cars, even with windows down, can rise very quickly.
  • The safest place for your dog to ride is in the back seat.  Just like small children, dogs are unsafe riding in the front seat of a car.


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Dog Bite Prevention Week May 18 – 24

The American Veterinary Medical Association has designated the third week of every May as Dog Bite Prevention Week.

Millions of people – most of them children – are bitten by dogs every year in the United States. The majority of these bites, if not all, are preventable. How much do you really know about dog bites? Here are some basic facts that might surprise you.

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National Dog Bite Prevention Week


Dog Bites by the Numbers

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What The Dog Saw Today

This morning we were in Myers Park.  What a beautiful place to run!  Myers Park was my first home in Charlotte.  As a student at Queens University of Charlotte (Queens College at the time), we spent many spring days enjoying a warm breeze under canopy of towering trees.  Who wouldn’t fall in love with the city after spending four years living in the heart of such a beautiful neighborhood?

Are you familiar with the history of this neighborhood?  Take a few minutes to browse the history on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission website.

Myers Park Neighborhood History

The tree-lined sidewalks are the perfect spot for dog to run and walk.  There is so much to see, smell and hear!  Flowers, birds, dogs, people, bikes, lawn mowers, and more provide a lot of mental stimulation in addition to the physical workout provided by the rolling hills.  We love that there are water fountains along the path!  Just one of the many touches of kindness offered by the residents of this historic Charlotte neighborhood.

Queens statue of neighbor walking dog Water fountains for all runners


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“Mutt-garitaville” Yappy Hour

Are you looking for something fun to do with your best dog friend this weekend?  Canine Cafe Charlotte is celebrating the arrival of summer this Saturday with a dog wash special and “Mutt-garitaville” yappy hour.  They will have complimentary mutt-garitas, doggie cake, and treats for humans and pups.  Baths will be $15 and all proceeds will go to Crossroads Animal Rescue.  More information about the event can be found on their Facebook page.

Canine Cafe Charlotte “Mutt-garitaville” Yappy Hour

Enjoy your weekend!

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What The Dog Saw Today

On my run this morning I saw several happy dogs taking in the scenery of a Charlotte greenway.  They saw runners, walkers, bikers, kids, dogs, ducks,turtles, trees, flowers, grass, water, and much more.  They were smiling as they enjoyed the warm sunshine on their back.  They are probably all enjoying a well-deserved nap right now.  They will great their owners with a relaxed, wagging tail this evening!

What did your dog see today?

Great shade on the greenway

Great shade on the greenway

Turtles sunning on the greenway

Turtles sunning on the greenway

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The Easter bunny is coming!

Is your dog’s Easter basket ready?  Here are some of the Easter bunny’s favorite way to fill Annie Girl’s basket.

  • A new spring collar – Even dogs need new Easter outfits!
  • Outdoor toys – Spring is a great time to get outside and play with some new balls and water toys!
  • Travel gear – Are you planning any hiking, camping, or beach trips this summer?  Pick out a new travel water bottle or splurge on some colorful waste bags!
  • Homemade dog treats – Consider making your own treats to ensure a healthy snack that is free of preservatives, dyes and sweeteners.

Of course there are a few things you want to avoid.

  • Candy –  Jelly beans and marshmallow candy contain lots of sugar and can raise your pet’s blood glucose to dangerous levels. Even diet candy is bad for dogs. Sugar substitutes, like xylitol, can be toxic and can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar or liver failure. Chocolate candy contains a chemical called theobromine that is toxic to dogs. That chocolate Easter bunny can elevate your dog’s heart rate or even cause a seizure. Dark chocolate is more dangerous than milk chocolate. And all candy can cause vomiting or diarrhea, especially if the dog eats candy wrapper and all.
  • Easter eggs pose a danger, too. Consumption of boiled eggs can definitely cause an upset stomach and may really constipate a dog if the shells are eaten. Passing undigested egg shells can make your dog miserable. If the dog swallows the egg whole, it can block the intestinal tract and surgery may be needed to remove it.  Be cautious with the plastic eggs as well, especially around puppies who will try to eat just about anything!
  • Synthetic grass lining the basket can also create problems. Fake grass made of paper or plastic will cause GI troubles if ingested. Even worse, long strings of fake grass can cause an intestinal blockage which may require surgery.

Happy basket filling!


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Why dog running?

Just like us, dogs need regular, vigorous exercise to remain healthy and happy.  Unfortunately, many dogs are not able to get the amount of exercise they need.  There are many benefits of proper exercise and play.  Below are just a few.

  • Reduces behavior problems such as chewing and hyperactivity
  • Strengthens muscles
  • Improves cardiovascular health
  • Keeps weight under control
  • Lowers anxiety

If you are not able to provide 30 minutes to an hour of vigorous exercise each day for your dog, give me a call!  Coming home to a healthy, calm dog at the end of a busy day is a wonderful reward for both of you!

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