Getting Prepared to Travel with your Pet

Preparing for the Journey Before taking off on a travel adventure with your pet, you have some preparations to complete.  Preparing for the Journey will let you de-stress and focus on the fun of traveling with your pet by helping you collect and organize all of your pet’s necessities which includes your paperwork, food and […]

What to do if Your Pet Gets Lost or Sick

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Loss Prevention

Pets live blessedly in the present, and their unbridled excitement over what is happening here and now is part of what endears them to us.  The flip side of all this enthusiasm is that they don’t stop to weigh the pros and cons of a potentially dangerous situation before chasing a squirrel into the street of dashing out of a motel room door.  So for safety’s sake, it’s up to us, as caring “parents,” to keep a sharp eye on our inquisitive charges at all times.

It is never a good idea to leave your pet unattended, whether tethered to a parking meter outside a store or alone in a car because unattended pets are often stolen.  If you absolutely must stop at a store or a restaurant that doesn’t permit pets, park in the shade, crack the windows, and keep watch over them from the store windows.  If you can’t order carry-out food, ask for a table near a window and door where you can tend to your car and your pet.

If you take your pet on a boat ride, she should be kept in a carrier that is fastened to a stationary support or she should be in a harness, tethered a safe distance from the edge of the deck to ensure that she does not fall overboard or run onto the dock and get lost.  Always use a pet floatation vest; these life savers have a handle so that if your pet does fall overboard, you can easily pull them back into the boat.

It bears repeating that pets should always wear collars and ID tags (fastening tags to halter is more secure), but a microchip ID is the preferred form of identification.  And remember to always carry a recent of your pet in your purse or billfold to help describe her if needed. Read more

Flying With a Dog or a Cat – Tips

Flying with Dogs

Flying With a Dog or a Cat: Domestic Travel

Anyone who plans to travel while flying with dogs to another state with her pet needs to have a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI).  This official document is a health Certificate signed by a licensed and accredited veterinarian.  It guarantees that the pet shows no signs of communicable disease and gives a date that the inspection (examination) took place.  This document should include rabies vaccination information with the date the rabies shot was given.  Rabies vaccination documentation is required by all states for dogs and by most states for cats.  I recommend you contact the particular state’s agricultural or veterinary department directly for updated information before you travel.  In addition to your CVI certificate, for travel within the United States, your pet needs to have a health certificate from your veterinarian dated within ten days of departure stating that your pet is fit to travel.  The health certificate and your pet’s vaccination certificates should be attached to the kennel.  Always carry extra copies on your person, in case you are asked to produce them.  If your pet is tranquilized before travel, your veterinarian must supply the name of the drug, the dosage, and how the drug was administered.  This information should be included with the pet’s health certificate and other veterinary paperwork, and a copy of this information should also be attached to the kennel.

There are a wide variety of airlines now that accept pets, always be sure to call the airlines and ask about their pet policies before you purchase a ticket.  While small dogs and cats are generally allowed in the cabin, large dogs are often required to be checked as baggage.  Baggage holds can become hazardous if pets are exposed to extreme heat or cold for extended periods because they miss flights or planes are delayed.  There is no way for owners to assist baggage-checked pets during flight.  For this reason, the United States government recently required better training in pet handling for airline employees, and airlines must now notify the Department of Transportation about incidents involving animals.

Flying With a Dog or a Cat: International Travel

Before flying with dogs to another country, always contact that country’s consulate or embassy for information concerning their requirements.  Every country has specific health requirements for the entry of animals and most countries, including those of the European Union, have a veterinary certificate specific to their country.  If foreign countries do not have written policies specifically addressing your species of pet, I strong advise that you obtain something in writing from both the country’s embassy and your chosen airline carrier to avoid potential problems.  Read more

My Dog/Cat Gets Car Sick

  My Dog/Cat Gets Car Sick         

I have been fortunate.  SHERPA, SuNae, KIMBA and KARTU never suffered from motion sickness. But many people do have to deal with this problem.  I’ve had many people ask me “my dog gets car sick what can I do?”.  Fortunately, motion sickness is something that most puppies outgrow.  If you want to include your puppy or other pet in your active lifestyle, don’t let your pet’s tendency to become sick stop you from taking him or her in the car.

Part of an animal’s inclination toward motion sickness stems from the stress or anxiety of riding in a car.  Try to create positive experiences for your pet that she will associate with the car.  Why not try a trip to the new park for a game of Frisbee or catch? A ride to a pet bakery?  A trip to a favorite friend?  Maybe your pet enjoys riding through the car wash with you.  SHERPA used to love it when I sang in the car and she would chime right in.  Cats that don’t travel very often can moan and wail all the way there and back.  That’s unpleasant for both of you; So, I advise you, if you have a kitten, to start car training now, and he may soon take it to.  Be sure to keep your cat in a carrier while traveling and invest in squirm-proof halter and leash so that you can exercise him during long-distance trips.

Warning signs and treatments

Keep an eye on your pet.  Usually the first signs of motion sickness are yawning or drooling.  The good news is that a lot of the same things that help people overcome motion sickness also work for pets.  If you stop the car and take your dog or cat out for a walk when you notice warning signs, you can often prevent sickness, at least for a while.  Cracking a window to increase ventilation in the back seat can help these pets and small, crate bound pets too.  Sometimes the churning juices in an empty stomach can make matters worse.  If you see the warning signs, offer your pet an unsalted cracker or piece of plain bread.  Other bland, calming foods you can offer any pet suffering from nausea or diarrhea include a little plain, boiled hamburger, rice, oatmeal, or the appropriate type of baby food for your pet species.  Calm your pet by talking to them. Read more

Emotional Support Animal – Ridiculous

Emotional Support Animal - Ridiculous

Emotional Support Animal – Ridiculous

The Extreme lengths that people have taken emotional support animals is ridiculous. What separates emotional support animals? To legally be considered an emotional support dog, the pet needs to be prescribed by a licensed mental health professional to a person with a disabling mental illness. Although this sounds reasonable, problems arise with just how easy it is to get your current animal to be approved as an emotional support animal. They are not service dogs, no training or specialization is required. One place where this really manifests is on airplanes, where specific policies were put into place to both allow pet owners to safely travel with their animal while still protecting other passengers on board the aircraft. One of the prime reasons for the surge in popularity of emotional support animals on planes are you don’t have to pay the airline fee for brings a pet aboard. Read more

Angels With Tails Now Have Wings

Angels With Tails Now Have Wings

Gayle & SHERPA

Angels With Tails Now Have Wings

SHERPA, a Lhasa Apso was born June 23, 1987 in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts.  She was the canine love of my life and inspiration for SHERPA’S Pet Trading Company, which I launched in 1988.  She was the most wonderful gift ever given to me, that gave me the opportunity to do what I was really meant to do in my life. Angels With Tails Now Have Wings is about the wonderful life that SHERPA gave me.

From the moment I began SHERPA, more than 30 years ago, I have made it my mission to ensure our beloved pets can travel safely, comfortably and stylishly with the people that love them the most.  SHERPA was always a real “spokes dog” about pet travel.  She was always by my side delivering her message with grace and humility. SHERPA loved meeting her four-legged friends across the country and the world and was so honored to be on Oprah’s Millionaire a Minute, Cesar Milan and the many other superstars and super shows who also believed our mission and goal.  Fame never went to her head!  A new friend or a new treat still sent her into total delight!

Thanks to our mission on pet travel advocacy I continue to this day with my vision, mission and dream. SHERPA’s soft-sided pet carriers and other luggage became a truly iconic lifestyle brand which I can proudly say has an impeccable legacy, celebrating the exceptional care today’s pet-loving consumers expect and that our pets richly deserve for the love and joy they bring to us. Read more