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Aloe Vera And Dogs

May 24, 2017 | Helpful Tips, Pet Health, Pet Products

At Charleston Dog Walker, we love to share new products, pet health information, pet-friendly activities, and local pet businesses with our amazing clients! Check out this guest blog from Hannah Salters, a local representative of Forever Living, an aloe vera company that offers a line of over 200 products for dogs and people made from organically grown, hand-harvested aloe.

Aloe Vera And Dogs

Have you ever wondered about the many uses of aloe vera? Other than breaking off the leaf and treating burns, aloe can be used for an assortment of ailments for both you AND your pets. Did you know you could ingest aloe, and that it is great for your dogs, too?

Aloe can be used for skin irritations, joint pain, digestive issues and more. Pure aloe vera gelly is versatile and safe. It can be used in dogs’ ears, on cuts, bites, rashes, in mouths for ulcers or sores, and much more.

Much like the gelly, the aloe vet spray is a great item to have on hand as it is easy to use and sprays directly on your pet’s fur. It can often save you from having to shave your pet to reach the skin, as the spray goes right on, and reaches the infected or aggravated area. It is a multipurpose product as well, and can be used to clean ears and around your pet’s eyes. It is a coat conditioner and is also great for washing out wounds. When our yellow lab had a rather nasty infection and had to have his fur shaved for it to be cleaned, we used the vet spray to help the wound heal. The poor guy had to wear a cone for a while, but thanks to aloe, it was a shorter stint than it could have been!

Aloe vera and dogsForever Freedom drinking gel is wonderful for animals with joint issues, arthritis, hip pain and more. They love the taste of the gel which has MSM, Glucosamine, and Chondroitin. These three supplements can offer great relief in a matter of days, as the two latter help rebuild cartilage.

The Aloe Drinking Gel can be used for puppies with upset tummies as well as a prebiotic. It can be given to show dogs in order to promote superb skin and coat health. Drinking aloe for digestive care, especially for gut issues such as Colitis, has been proven to be extremely beneficial. Our 6 year old lab, Jake, as well as both my husband and I, drink the gel for our gut health. Jake loves the taste and licks his lips when gulping down his aloe. If ever we see him resort to eating grass, we make sure he gets a few doses of aloe so he can reset his gut and be back to his playful self.

Forever HA and Arctic Sea are two wonderful supplements that support joint health. The HA provides a unique form of hyaluronic acid to keep joints lubricated. The Arctic Sea is an Omega 3, Mercury free supplement. These nutrients serve several functions, cushion and protect the internal organs, and support proper joint function. Our sweet little friend named Gatsby, an 8 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, loves taking his Arctic Sea to help with mobility. Gatsby is a true product of aloe as he also frequently gets his baths in the Aloe Jojoba shampoo and he uses the vet spray too. These two items help him to stay fresh and looking his normal, handsome self!

All of the above items, along with many others, are for both humans and pets. They offer the same benefits for people as they do the animals. Forever Living is THE aloe vera company, and it offers a line of 200 or more products made from organically grown, hand harvested aloe. For more information on these and other products, please contact Hannah Salters via hannahsaltersglobal.flp.com


5 Ways To Keep Your Dog Safe In The Car

May 9, 2017 | Charleston, Dog-Friendly Charleston, Helpful Tips, Pet Safety, Pet Travel

5 Ways To Keep Your Dog Safe In The Car

My two dogs are like my kids so they go everywhere with my husband and I. We load them up in the car and off we go! Dog car safety is important so you can ensure your dog will be safe anytime you bring them along with you in the car. Here are our top 5 tips for dog car safety:

Top 5 Dog Car Safety Tips

Tips For Dog Car Safety

  1. Buckle Up! Dogs should wear seatbelts, just like people do. Doggy seatbelts don’t work quite the same way, but they will restrain your dog in case of an accident. You can buy a dog seatbelt, which has a buckle on one end and a leash clasp on the other end. Attach the leash clasp to your dog’s harness, rather than their collar. If you’re in an accident, they are restrained by the harness instead of pulled by their neck.
  2. Use a doggy hammock. A doggy hammock is great for your car because it eliminates the gap between the front seat and back seat. Your dog can stretch out without worrying about falling off the seat when you brake. It also protects your car’s seats from dirt, scratches, and pet hair!
  3. Keep everyone’s head inside the car. I know – it’s SO stinking cute when dogs stick their heads out the window. Have you seen their ears flapping in the breeze?! Adorable. Unfortunately, it’s also super easy for debris to hit your pet. They could have something fly into their eye, or the adventurous dog could take the opportunity to try and jump out. Windows up (or at least mostly up) is always the best policy.
  4. Don’t let your dog ride in the bed of a truck. For people with bigger dogs (or dogs who manage to get wet and dirty having fun adventures), it’s tempting to let them ride in the back of your truck. This can be extremely dangerous, though, since they have no protection if you get in an accident while they are back there. They could also easily try to hop out, even if you have them on a leash. The safest place is always in the vehicle with you.
  5. Bring your dog crate along. If your dog’s crate can fit inside your car, the crate is always the safest place for them to stay. It makes for a comfortable ride for them and protects them in case of an accident.

I always think it’s interesting to remember that a dog’s world is confined to where you take them. Most of their life is just in your house or neighborhood. That’s why most dogs love car rides! They have a sense of adventure and love to get out and explore with you. We’re lucky in Charleston to have so many dog-friendly places to go, so load up your pooch and let them explore the world! Just make sure to keep them safe while you’re doing it!

 

Charleston Dog Walker provides professional dog walking and pet sitting in your home that is customized to your pet’s needs. We’re so happy you found us (and we know your pet is, too!) and we would truly be honored to be your pet care provider. Give us a call at 843-580-2212 or contact us to get more information about how we can help your pet!


Guide To Taking A Road Trip With Your Pet

May 1, 2017 | Charleston, Helpful Tips, Pet Products, Pet Safety, Pet Travel, Things To Do

Guide To Taking A Road Trip With Your Pet

What’s an adventure without your four-legged friend in tow?  My husband and I love taking our dogs on road trips – even if that means hair all over the car and enduring some dog farts! There’s a lot to think about when you bring your dog or cat along on a road trip, though. That’s why it is super helpful to have a plan in place when you are road tripping with your pets. Here’s our pet road trip guide to help you prepare for your road trip:

Pet Road Trip Guide ChartPet Road Trip Guide

  1. Prepare the car so your pet can travel safely. If your kitty is coming, make sure you have a cat carrier or crate so they can have a cozy bed. This will also keep them contained so they don’t climb or fall all over the car. If you have a small dog, crates are the safest way for them to travel in a car. For the bigger pups, check out a car hammock so they don’t fall off the seat at stop signs. You should also consider a doggy seatbelt. Doggy seatbelts attach to their harness or collar and then buckles into the seatbelt.
  2. Make a pet suitcase (or bag) with all of their supplies the day before. Gather all of their food and medications, favorite toys, poop bags, litter box and litter, treats, and beds. Measure out how much food you’ll need and put it in a gallon ziplock bag. Be sure to bring along a measuring cup so you can easily get food out at meal times. If your pet has refrigerated medications, you should find a small cooler. Bring along some ice packs so it can stay at the correct temperature. Don’t forget to pack some water bottles and bowls for food and water!
  3. Double check that your pet’s collar has tags with up to date information. You never know what could happen and you want it to be easy for your pet to get home to you if they get lost.
  4. Reserve a pet-friendly hotel room if you need a place to stay during the drive. We love using Trips With Pets, which shows you all of the pet-friendly places in the area you’re traveling to. I highly recommend calling ahead and booking your room, as most places only have a few designated pet rooms and they can fill up fast!
  5. Tire your dog out before jumping in the car. Our favorite tactic for having a good road trip with our dogs is to start our trip with a stop at the dog park. Our dogs run wild and play with all of their friends for about 30 minutes and then we load them up and start the trip. They are tired out after all the play time, were able to go to the bathroom, and then they are happy to just lay down and take a nap for the first part of the trip.

This pet road trip guide helps make car trips with your pets fun and easy. Just remember to prepare your car, gather all of your pet’s supplies, book your room, and tire them out. You and your pets are sure to have an awesome road trip!

Pet Road Trip Guide

Charleston Dog Walker provides professional dog walking and pet sitting in your home that is customized to your pet’s needs. We’re so happy you found us (and we know your pet is, too!) and we would truly be honored to be your pet care provider. Give us a call at 843-580-2212 or contact us to get more information about how we can help your pet!


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