The vet can be scary places for dogs. The bright lights, odd smells, sounds of dogs whining in the kennels and even your own nerves can all cause your dog to go on high-alert. Not every dog is super comfortable being at the vet, never mind being handled for basic procedures.
As we sat on the couch one November day, I thought to ask my boyfriend, James, “What do you want for Christmas?” Without hesitation, he says, “A dog.” I laughed and shrugged the thought away thinking he was joking To my surprise he wasn’t. At first, I wasn’t sure. I adore dogs and had grown up with them all my life, but were we ready for that kind of responsibility? Of course, it didn’t take much convincing on James’ part before I hopped online to see which pups were looking for their fur-ever homes at the local shelters near me.
Within five minutes of searching on Petfinder, we found her: Molly, a 1-year-old Dalmatian mix with a sweet temperament and floppy ears that reminded me of Dobby the Elf from the Harry Potter series. It was love at first sight. And so, we ventured to the shelter in order to meet her. I insisted that we meet several dogs that fit our criteria, just to be sure, but deep down we both knew Molly was the one.
One week later, Molly came home. Since her arrival, we’ve learned a lot as new pet parents, including the locations of all the nearest dog parks, and how to train out certain behaviors. I’ve also learned that there are several items that should be on every first-time pet parent’s shopping list. James and I didn’t have much of a plan for our new addition. We had the essentials: food, bowls, bed, nail clippers, etc. But it wasn’t until Molly moved in that we discovered what we really needed:
Survival Kits For First Time Pet-Parents
Whether you’re going on a weekend getaway or spending two weeks abroad, an important step in your vacation prep is making sure your pet will be well cared for. Bringing your four-legged family members along for the trip is the preferred option, but sometimes it just isn’t possible. In order to help prevent anxiety and make sure your pet feels comfortable, here are some great tips on prepping for vacation without your pet.
Preparing for a Vacation Without Your Pet
Make sure your pet is properly tagged.
Chances are your pet is microchipped but is the information on their chip up to date? Before you head out of town, make sure this information has been updated with the chip’s manufacturer. Make sure your pet’s ID tag is also up to date with your correct information and that it is properly secured to your pet’s collar. You can even get tags that display your pet’s microchip number.
Find a great sitter.
A difficult part of preparing your pet for your time away is finding the right pet sitter. If you don’t have a trusted sitter in mind, ask around to find someone with experience who will be a good fit for your pet. If possible introduce the new sitter to your pet before you trip so they can get familiar with their new caretaker. This gives you an opportunity to get to know them and to establish any rules you’d like to put in place for your pet.
Double check your pet’s food supply.
Does your pet have enough food to get them through your entire trip? Do they have enough treats? For some reason, you aren’t able to restock before you go, leave some cash and the name of your dog’s food with your pet sitter so they can pick some up.
Leave some special comforts for your pet.
Many pets have separation anxiety. To help ease their anxiety leave a few special comforts for them. For example, buy some new treats for your sitter to give them while you’re away. You might also leave behind a t-shirt or other piece of clothing with your scent on it so they are reminded of you.
Leaving your pet behind during a vacation is tough, there are many ways you can keep your anxiety and your pet’s anxiety to a minimum. When you take the right steps, you can ensure your pet’s time away from you and keep their tail wagging until your return.
What preparation do you do for leaving your pet while you are on vacation?
Dog Products That Can Save Your Pet’s Life
Safety on walks is a top priority for many pet parents. A martingale collar is used to help walk training be simple all while keeping your pet safe. When a pet gets spooked or aggressive, they can try to back out of their collars.
Martingale collars prevent this by tightening based on your dog’s actions. Watch the video below or read, “4 Reasons to Use A Martingale Collar for your Dog” for more information.
Looking for a tag without the jingle? Rivet-On Nameplates are a great option! Nameplates can be attached to a variety of materials and are laser engraved. You can see how easy installation is in this ‘How-to’ video!
Our stainless steel or brass nameplates can be attached to a variety of collar materials and are personalized with laser engraving.
You can see how easy installation is in this ‘How-to’ video!
How to Install a Rivet-On Nameplate
- Place the nameplate on the collar in the location you would like to install it.
- Mark the nameplate rivet hole positions.
- Punch holes in the collar where you made the nameplate hole marks with a hammer and punch, leather punch or drill. Use a durable surface during installation to prevent damages.
- For nylon collars, burn the edges of the holes to remove frayed strands.
- Push the rivet posts through the holes in the collar from the backside of the collar.
- Then push the rivet posts through your rivet-on nameplate and attach the provided rivet caps.
- Tap the rivet caps onto the rivet posts with a hammer until the caps flatten.
You can purchase a rivet-on nameplate here.