The Holidays Are Approaching Fast. If You Are Traveling With Your Pet’s By Car This Holiday Season, Here Are A Few Tips And Points To Help Ensure Your Vacation Is Stress Free And Safe

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The Holidays are fast approaching, and pet parents around the world are going to be traveling with their fur kids. So here are a few  car safety tips for your pets., and a few acupressure points that may come in handy along the way.

Traveling by car is a great option for your dog. ( cats not so much) . Before you leave be sure to pack their favorite food and  treats It is recommended that your pack at least three extra of days of  food, treats and medicine, just in case something  happens ie snow storm, car trouble etc.  Be sure and have plenty of water and a collapsible bowl for  water breaks.

Pet Identification

It is a good  idea to create  another pet tag for your pup with your cell phone number and email address; so if your pooch gets out  you are easy to find . Most people have  hundreds  of pictures of their pet s in their phone  but it may be a good idea to print out a quick picture and medical info to have with you just in case. Also make sure it is email ready so you can send it out if needed.

Riding in the car

Ok so a few rules… your pooch needs to be in a harness, pet carrier, or secured in the back seat . Remember when we were little (I’m dating myself) but we pretty much rode unrestrained in the front seat or wherever.. obviously that is now illegal for small humans for obvious reasons, which also apply to your pet. Riding in the front seat or on your lap for small dogs is dangerous for everyone. If something happens and your air bag deploys your pooch can be severely injured or killed. So a harness or carrier in the back seat is the best option. For bigger dogs the back seat harness  or crate is advised that way everyone will arrive safely.

Get your pet geared up for a long trip by taking him on a series of short drives first, gradually lengthening time spent in the car. And please be sure to always secure the crate so it won’t slide or shift in the event of a quick stop

Your pet’s travel-feeding schedule should start with a light meal three to four hours prior to departure. Don’t feed your furry friend in a moving vehicle-even if it is a long drive.

Never leave your animal alone in a parked vehicle. On a hot day, even with the windows open, a parked automobile can become a furnace in no time, and heatstroke can develop. In cold weather, a car can act as a refrigerator, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.

What in your pet’s traveling kit? In addition to travel papers, food, bowl, leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication and a pet first-aid kit, pack a favorite toy or pillow to give your pet a sense of familiarity.

Make sure your pet has a microchip for identification and wears a collar with a tag imprinted with your home address, as well as a temporary travel tag with your cell phone, destination phone number and any other relevant contact information. Canines should wear flat (never choke!) collars, please.

Don’t allow your pet to ride with his head outside the window. He could be injured by flying objects. And please keep him in the back seat in his crate or with a harness attached to a seat buckle.

Traveling across state lines? Bring along your pet’s rabies vaccination record, as some states requires this proof at certain interstate crossings. While this generally isn’t a problem, it’s always smart to be on the safe side.

When it comes to H2O, we say BYO. Opt for bottled water or tap water stored in plastic jugs. Drinking water from an area he’s not used to could result in tummy upset for your pet.

more tips click here for complete ASPCA tips on car travel

Have a great holiday and safe and fun travels..Here is a link for pet friendly hotels and services

So as fun as traveling is a new environment is exciting but can also be stressful.  Here are a few acupressure points you can use for tummy upset, calming and adapting to a new environment.

 GV20 dorsal midline between the ears there is usually a bump where the point is..clears brain calms mind

 GB 20  Right behind the skull or occipital bone one finger off the cervical spine on either side in the divots. Also a good relaxation point good point to ease over thinking. Pulls the energy down from the head

GV 17  Right behind the skull in between the GB 20 points. Little divot under the bump. Great point to disperse energy and create calm.

TH5/ PE6 Inside of the front limb three cun above the tranverse crease in the wrist ( transverse carpal crease) between the tendons and opposite TH5so use together. Great point for environmental stresses

Ht 7 Pe 7 in the depression between the tendon and the ligament it is a natural depression and pretty easy to find just above the bend in the wrist. Your fingers will slide in the groove on either side. Hold bold sides that is actually 2 points Ht7 and Pe7 this clears the mind and calms the spirit great relaxation point  pulls heat out of the head

ST 36 find the front of the knee and slide your finger down into the little groove on the lateral side of each knee  This point serves double duty it calms the mind and helps with anxiety and any kind of physical stress that  produce  anxiety as well as OCD behavior. It is also a great immune point and supports the immune system in case it has been over stressed  good for any type of gastrointestinal issue


travel points blog with th5 pe6

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