Preparing your Pets for Boarding and Traveling

Summer vacations are quickly approaching, which means many pet owners may be traveling to visit friends and family. With all the hustle and bustle of travel plans being made it’s easy to forget about the necessary preparations and plans for Fido and Fluffy! Whether you will be kenneling Fido or bringing Fluffy along for the trip, Allentown Animal Clinic has the info on what you’ll need to know!

If you are kenneling your pet avoid the seasonal rush and be sure you have the following done a few weeks before you are set to travel.

  • Visit the kennel before you drop off your pet. Most kennels welcome visits and it gives you a chance to ask any questions about the facility.
  • If your pet is on medication, be sure you have enough to last through his/her entire stay. Also, you want to be sure the kennel staff can administer it properly. Some kennels, especially during peak seasons, may not be able to give medication as often as your pet requires.
  • Most kennels will require a health certificate and a copy of your pet’s most recent vaccines.  Kennels can have different vaccine requirements as well, don’t just assume your pet has everything the kennel will require. Find out from the kennel what is required. Now is a good time to call your vet and be sure all required vaccines are up to date!
  • If your pet has fleas, or other parasites, he/she should be treated prior to arrival at the kennel.

If you will be taking a road trip with your pet it will be a lot less stressful for them (and YOU!) if you make the necessary preparations well in advance.

  • If your pet is not accustomed to being in the car, it’s up to you to change that prior to travel. Get your pet used to being in a carrier or a pet seat belt. It’s never safe to have a loose pet in the car. Start taking short trips to the park or grocery store before hitting the open road with your pet in tow.
  • Don’t let your dog hang his/her head out the window. Debris from the road can hit your dog, causing possible injury and/or ear and eye infections.
  • Take frequent breaks!
  • Some pets do get carsick. Ask your veterinarian about appropriate medication and dosage before you leave.
  • Bring along a health certificate and vaccination records. Also, be sure your pet is wearing a collar and ID tags!
  • Prepare an emergency medical kit. A familiar toy or blanket may also be useful.

Keeping Your Pets Safe During Thanksgiving

‘Tis the season for family gatherings, festivities, and feasting. The ASPCA has some great tips for keeping your pets safe during all the excitement.

Allentown Animal Clinic wants to remind everyone to have a safe and happy holiday!

Thanksgiving Safety Tips

 Pets won’t be so thankful if they munch on undercooked turkey or a pet-unfriendly floral arrangement, or if they stumble upon an unattended alcoholic drink.

Check out the following tips from ASPCA experts for a fulfilling Thanksgiving that your pets can enjoy, too.

Talkin’ Turkey
If you decide to feed your pet a little nibble of turkey, make sure it’s boneless and well-cooked. Don’t offer her raw or undercooked turkey, which may contain salmonella bacteria.

Sage Advice
Sage can make your Thanksgiving stuffing taste delish, but it and many other herbs contain essential oils and resins that can cause gastrointestinal upset and central nervous system depression to pets if eaten in large quantities. Cats are especially sensitive to the effects of certain essential oils.

No Bread Dough
Don’t spoil your pet’s holiday by giving him raw bread dough. According to ASPCA experts, when raw bread dough is ingested, an animal’s body heat causes the dough to rise in his stomach. As it expands, the pet may experience vomiting, severe abdominal pain and bloating, which could become a life-threatening emergency, requiring surgery.

Don’t Let Them Eat Cake
If you’re baking up Thanksgiving cakes, be sure your pets keep their noses out of the batter, especially if it includes raw eggs—they could contain salmonella bacteria that may lead to food poisoning.

Too Much of a Good Thing
A few small boneless pieces of cooked turkey, a taste of mashed potato or even a lick of pumpkin pie shouldn’t pose a problem. However, don’t allow your pets to overindulge, as they could wind up with a case of stomach upset, diarrhea or even worse—an inflammatory condition of the pancreas known as pancreatitis. In fact, it’s best keep pets on their regular diets during the holidays.

A Feast Fit for a Kong
While the humans are chowing down, give your cat and dog their own little feast. Offer them Nylabones or made-for-pet chew bones. Or stuff their usual dinner—perhaps with a few added tidbits of turkey, vegetables (try sweet potato or green beans) and dribbles of gravy—inside a Kong toy. They’ll be happily occupied for awhile, working hard to extract their dinner from the toy.

Helping Pets Affected by Hurricane Sandy

Much of the Tri-State area has been devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Among the many people that lost their homes and belongings, thousands of pets were affected as well.

Now, with another winter storm looming over us, rescue efforts are being amped up to help the animals affected by Hurricane Sandy. Temperatures are dropping and these pets need shelter, food, and medical attention.

Local shelters and animal rescue groups are stretching to the limit to help as many displaced animals as possible. Volunteers and donations are desperately needed.

The ASPCA is working around the clock to help storm victims through this difficult time. Please consider donating to the ASPCA so they may continue their rescue efforts. You can make your donation here.

In recent years it seems disasters like Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Katrina are becoming more frequent. Allentown Animal Clinic would like to also remind you to make your pets a part of your emergency evacuation plan.

Locally, Lehigh Valley County Animal Response Team is available to assist animals in emergency situations. They have resources on their website to help you plan an emergency kit for your family and pets.

Nationally, the ASPCA and The Humane Society are animal rescue groups that respond to these emergencies and disasters.