Moving into a New Home with Your Pet – Part I

 

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PART I. Preparing for the Move

Update your pet’s tag with your new address.
Make sure your pet’s collar is sturdy and correctly sized. The tag should also include your mobile number and e-mail address if possible so you can be reached during the move.

Request veterinary records.
Make sure you take the time to research, contact, and even set up a meet and greet appointment with the new vet you will be going to before you make the move. Ask your current vet to send your pet’s medical history directly to the new vet. Also, ask the vet to e-mail or fax your pet’s records to you as well. It’s always a good idea to have a set of back up records just in case the new vet doesn’t get them and you have an emergency soon after you arrive. Make sure you program the new vet’s contact information into your phone, and if they’re not a 24 hour vet, ask them who they would recommend as an emergency vet in case your pet gets into trouble outside of normal business hours. Program this contact information into your phone as well.

Keep a week’s worth of food and medication with you.
If your pet is currently taking prescribed medications, you may want to ask for an extra prescription refill before you move. Take the same precaution with special therapeutic foods.

Prepare a pet first aid kit.
Include your vet’s phone number, gauze to wrap wounds or to muzzle your pet, adhesive tape for use on bandages, nonstick bandages, towels, cotton swabs, antibiotic ointment (without pain relief medication), and 3% hydrogen peroxide.

Play it safe in the car.
Use a crate or carrier in the car, securing it with a seat belt. Never leave your pet in the bed of a truck, the storage area of a moving van, or alone in a parked vehicle. If you’re staying overnight, find pet-friendly lodging beforehand and have kitty litter or plastic bags on hand.

Get ready for takeoff.
When traveling by air, check with the airline about pet requirements or restrictions and whether you must purchase a special airline crate that fits under the seat in front of you. Every airline is different and regulations can change, so even if you’ve flown with your pet before, always look into the specific pet travel requirements for each airline you’re using before you book your ticket.

Prep your new home.
Make sure you pack a box with the essentials to set up one room with everything your pet will need: food, water, medications, bed, litter box, scratch post, and toys. Clearly label this box, and make sure it’s packed someplace easy to find when you get to your new place. If your old home is nearby, give the new home owners or neighbors your phone number and a photo of your pet, in case your pet tries to return.

Learn about local health concerns and laws in your new area.
If you’re moving to a new country, contact the Agriculture Department or embassy of the country to obtain specific information on special documents, quarantine, or costs related to bringing your pet into the country.

UP NEXT: Part II. Moving Day! – Coming Soon

5K Paws Fur Paws – Feb. 21st

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Looking for a great reason to get outdoors with your best friend? Check out Paws Fur Paws 5K on February 21st. Click the link for more details:

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Celebrate the Howwwl-O-Days at La Palma Dog Park Dec. 12th

A fun new family event is planned for Anaheim’s La Palma Dog Park, where families with four-footed members can participate and enjoy the spirit of the season.

Howwwl-O-Days will be held on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 10 a.m. to noon with activities for the entire family.

Dog activities will include:

  • Ugly Christmas sweater contest
  • Doggie paw print ornament
  • Photo booth
  • Doggie treats, games and refreshments
Pet parents can:
  • Take pictures
  • Take videos
  • Take some more pictures!

La Palma Dog Park is at 1161 N. Anaheim Blvd. Space is limited and pre-registration is recommended.

Registration for each dog is $10, and accessible online at Anaheim.net/ezrecconnect or by calling Anaheim Community Services at (714) 765-5191. Each registration fee is good for one dog and up to two owners.

For more information on the City of Anaheim, please visit Anaheim.net.

This article was released by the City of Anaheim.

Pug Holiday Portraits

Have a pug, want some awesome pictures, and want to help a great organization all at the same time this holiday season? Check it out!

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Surfing Dogs? Yes Please! – September 25th-27th

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What are you and your dog doing this weekend?  Sitting at home trying to stay out of the heat? Why not head to the beach for the nice weather and to watch the 7th annual dog surfing competition, taking place at the Huntington Dog Beach?  Unleashed is hosting Surf City Surf Dog this Friday-Sunday with the main surfing event taking place Sunday Morning.  If you haven’t witnessed one of these events before, this is the weekend to do it.  The weather will be nice and there will be plenty of dogs and humans at the beach to socialize with while you watch the dogs surf.  For the schedule of events CLICK HERE, for general information check out http://surfcitysurfdog.com

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How to Keep Your Dog Cool and Comfortable in the Summer Heat – Part 3: At Home and Safety Tips

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At Home Cooling

UPDATED MAY 2017

Now that I’ve covered cooling beds and how to keep dogs cool during outdoor activities, the final topic we will explore is day-to-day activities at home.  Because our dogs tend to spend a majority of their lives at home, we want to make sure they’re cool, comfortable, and stay hydrated all day long.

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Dog Friendly Beaches in Orange County

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As our short Winter seems to be fading away all too quickly, it will soon be time to head back to the beaches.  If you think you’re excited to get your toes in the sand, just wait and see your dog’s reaction when they see the waves again!  If you have ever taken your dog to a beach, you probably already know what I’m talking about.  I know any time we get within a few miles of the beach, our dog Sierra, losses her mind.  As soon as she smells the salt water, it’s all over.

Every beach in Orange County has different regulations when it comes to allowing dogs, so I’m going to list the beaches in order of dog friendliness to make it easier to plan your next trip to soak in some California sunshine.

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Dog Friendly “Pup” Crawl in Orange County this Weekend

I’ve never see this type of event before so I’m excited that I found this dog friendly “pup” crawl happening this weekend in Huntington Beach.  It’s $15 a person and you will walk to 4 bars in 4 hours.  All of the proceeds will be going to Barks of Love Animal Rescue.  This group fosters dogs in Orange County and puts potential adopting families through a great screening processes before adopting them out.  The event will also include a raffle, goodie bags, and a kissing booth.  If you don’t have anything to do this weekend or just want to experience some great beach weather, and drinks, (alcohol is for the humans only 🙂 ) with your furry friend, stop by and check it out! Click here to pre-purchase tickets.

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What do you Need to Bring When Camping with a Dog?

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UPDATED: May 2018

I go camping with my dog, Sierra, multiple times every year, and each time it’s a new adventure.  I know she has as much fun, if not more, than we do when taking a trip to explore the great outdoors.  In my opinion, if you can bring your 4-legged friend along for the adventure, it makes the whole experience better for everyone involved.  If you’ve been thinking about taking your dog camping, try it out! Just make sure you are prepared.  Before you head outdoors, you’ll need to make sure you, and your dog, are prepared with the right equipment.  Planning starts before you even book the camping trip. When looking for a place to camp, it’s important to verify your dog is allowed in the campground.  The worst way to start a trip is to get to the campsite only to be turned away because you have your dog with you. Most National and State parks will allow dogs, but have different restrictions, always check before you plan a trip.  Once you get your trip booked, it’s time to start gathering everything you’ll need to make sure you dog stays safe and comfortable during your trip. Below, I have compiled a list of some of the essential gear that I’ve used while camping. Every trip is different(weather, terrain, length of trip, etc) so this is not an all inclusive list, but it’s a great starting point for the basics for most camping adventures.

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What Gear Should you Bring While Hiking with a Dog?

Updated May 2018

I wanted to do a quick write-up on all of the gear that Sierra, our dog, currently uses when we go on our hiking trips.  Just like you have probably heard about being prepared yourself before going out into nature, it’s just as important for your dog to be prepared as well.  This is not an all-inclusive list of everything you will need while hiking, because each hike is unique and requires different equipment based on length, terrain, weather, and much more.  However, everything on this list has been a huge help for us, and will hopefully give you some ideas on what to look for, so you too can be prepared before you go outdoors with your dog. Continue reading →

Big Bear Dog Friendly Activities

As a follow up to the Big Bear camping blog, this one will go into more details about some of the activities that are available for you and your dog when vacationing in Big Bear.  Some of these can be done year around, others like boating, will be season dependent.  I will continue to add to this post as I visit Big Bear over this next year, but for now, here are a few activities that I can recommend.

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Camping in Big Bear With Your Dog

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When you first think of Big Bear, most people immediately picture one thing, snow.  I am hear to tell you that you need to look at Big Bear for much more than your annual ski trip. Big Bear offers year round outdoor adventures, for you and your dog, and over the last two years, I have found some great campsites out there.  I don’t know what has stopped me from camping up here frequently in the past, but I have been up to Big Bear a few times in the last two years, and I must stay, there is something for every type of camper.  The campgrounds range from sites with potable water and outhouses, to the more primitive, Yellow Post sites, which only have a fire ring and a table.  So whatever adventure you’re in the mood for, Big Bear probably has it.

Now, even though some sites are available year round, in my opinion, the best time to camp in Big Bear would be either late spring, or early fall.  During these times, temperatures are in the 70’s during the day, and 40’s at night, and oh ya, no snow! This is perfect weather for almost all outdoor activities, including my favorite, hiking. Speaking of, All Trails has a great list of some of the most popular hikes in the area, all of which should be dog friendly, here is a link…All Trails Big Bear.  In a soon to be released post, I will review one of the hikes we went on, as well as some other activities do do while at the lake.  So now let’s get to actual campgrounds…

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