Tips for Transporting a Dog

transporting a dog on a bike

Shipping can be a challenging experience for you and your dog. Sometimes you cannot avoid it. If you are planning to ship a dog, there are different steps to take before and during the trip to ensure your dog is comfortable and safe as possible. Various boxes can be used to ship a dog. It is vital that you start planning for the dog’s trip in advance. This is necessary to ensure you have a successful journey.

Transport Options

dog on a vehicle windowThe common methods of shipping a dog are by automobile and by air. The method to choose is dependent on the length of the journey, timing, size of the dog and even its variety. Also, you have to consider the amount of money you have. Remember that you are prohibited from shipping animals as cargo on the commercial airplanes.

Check the Laws

Some regions strictly regulate the importation of pets. Thus, it is a good idea to check the laws first. Also, you need to get the necessary health permits and documentation you require. It is advisable to understand quarantine rules that apply upon your dog’s arrival.

Hire Transport Agency

Nowadays, various agencies across the world facilitate and provide transportation for the pet, by air, or by land. Taking into account the complexities involved, it is a good idea to work with a reputable company. You can find listings for road and air pet transportation companies.

Dog’s Size

transporting dogs in a carUsually, on commercial airlines, your dog can only ride in the cabin with you if it is small enough to travel in a carrier that fits under the seat. The specifications can vary from one airline to another. However, there is a maximum space allowed. If your dog does not fit under the seat, then you may have to use a cargo plane. It is a good idea to find out the available space from the airline. The chartered private flights allow large dogs in the cabin. However, this is an expensive option.

Dog’s Health and Breed

You should consult your vet doctor before the trip to find out the dog’s breed or health and whether it requires special shipping considerations. Certain breeds such as chows, bulldogs, and pugs are at a higher risk from dangers of air travel as compared to other breeds.…

Tips For Buying A Dog Bed

Dog on bed

For a first-time dog owner, it is important to have a few essential accessories for your pet. Such accessories will ensure that your dog is comfortable and feels loved. Aside from having a dog collar to tag and identify the dog, provide healthy food, take the dog for walks and regular exercise. It is important to factor where the dog sleeps. A good dog bed will ensure that your beloved pet is comfortable when sleeping. How then does one buy a dog bed? Below are some tips.

Buying A Dog Bed

Area of usageDog

As one plans to purchase the dog bed, it is important to have in mind where the bed will be placed. Will the bed be for indoor use or outdoor use? Depending on the area the bed will be placed various factors will need to be considered as one thinks of purchasing. Indoor dog beds will not be highly prone to getting dirty as compared to the bed that is placed outdoor. For an outdoor bed, the cover needs to be easy to remove and wash. Likewise, for a person living in a humid area, the dog bed needs to be mildew and water resistant. Furthermore, to protect the dog from cold look for a bed that has heat insulation.

Size and shape

The size the dog will determine the size of bed that will be purchased. Likewise also consider the way the dog lays down and stretches when asleep. Dog sleep in different ways, there are those that curl up and others that stretch out their feet. Those that stretch out their feet will need a bigger dog bed to accommodate how they lay. Moreover, one needs to factor in the space where the bed will be placed. If space is small, then a compact bed will be required. Finally, dog beds are available in different shapes from round, rectangular, square all able to fit in various places.

Dog needs

Dog 2Every dog is unique and will have specific needs. When purchasing a dog bed consider the particular need of the dog. This can include a dog might have allergies and hence need a hypo-allergic bed. Others may require a bed that will offer support and comfort due to old age or just the fact that they are huge dogs. Some maybe dogs that shed of fur and will need a dog bed that can be easily vacuumed off quickly.

Finally, it is essential to consider the cost of the dog bed. What are you looking into spending? Factors like the needs of the dog, material of the bed and fillings can considerable affect the pricing.…