Flying with your pet requires more effort
than just buying a plane ticket, checking his luggage, and placing it
comfortably in his seat. For animals, special protocols must be obeyed, and
such protocols differ from one airline to another. Some airline companies have
strict requirements especially for the size of the pet carrier that is to be
brought onto the plane. An airline-approved pet carrier would be the safest to
bring, and to know this, you as a pet owner should take the full initiative in
gathering the information needed to smoothen your traveling experience with
with allows animals
Before purchasing a carrier, make sure
that the airline you are flying with allows animals to be onboard their
aircraft. For most airlines, you will also need a reservation for your pet. Once
you have your reservation, it is important that you should measure your pet
carrier based on the size of your dog and on the airline-approved pet carrier
size as well. Remember, if you are a 16 “dog from head to base, you will
need a carrier that is longer than 16” so that your pet has room to move
and change position.
The pet must be in good health
Also, before your scheduled flight, make
sure your pet is in good health to avoid questions from airline staff. In
general, when a pet is in very good condition, it will behave properly and
hence there will be no problem carrying it.
Usually, smaller dogs such as Chihuahuas,
Yorkies, Shitz Zus, Maltese, and Bichons have no problem getting into large
vessels that are approved by the airline. When your dog reaches 20-22 lbs or
more it becomes more difficult to find a pet carrier that is large enough that
is approved by the airline and can … Read more
If you plan to take your dog with you on a
plane, you will need a pet airline that is approved by the airline … and you
must do your homework before buying it. The term “pet carrier” is
rather generic so let’s start by breaking things down a little.
If you have a very small dog (such as one
of the teacup breeds) then you can easily use a soft-sided carrier which is
often just called a pet bag and you will be able to keep your dog with you in
the cabin. If your dog is large (such as a German Shepherd or Golden Retriever)
then you will actually need a hard-sided dog crate or dog cage and your pet
will need to travel in the cargo section.
sized dogs or large-breed young puppies
For the in-between sized dogs or
large-breed young puppies, things get a bit more tricky. You’ll need to be sure
to measure the carrier, measure your dog, and check with the airline you will
be using to see what their requirements are.
While airlines may vary slightly, here are
some general guidelines for the sizes that will likely be accepted for in-cabin
– 16″ long x 10″ wide x 8.5″ in height – suitable for pets up to
– 18″ long x 11″ wide x 10.5″ in height – suitable for pets up
to 16 lbs
– 20″ long x 11.75″ W x 11.5″ in height – suitable for pets up
to 22 lbs
Never make a decision based solely on the
weight of your pet! In fact, measuring your animal is actually more important
because your dog must be able to move and feel comfortable during the trip. The
weight is really more for you … Read more
Thanks to designer dog accessories there is now no limit as to how much
money you can spend on your dog. From diamond dog collars and posh dog beds, if
you want it for your dog, odds are someone is selling it.
Thanks to many people treating their pets more and more like children,
people don’t see any reason not to splurge on them and give them the best that
money can buy.
While designer dog accessories were originally just made by pet
suppliers, now even large fashionable boutique stores are getting in on the
One company sells a collar ornament that has 1,600 diamonds, which
totals 52 carats, with one stone alone being 7 carats. While another one sells
dog leashes handcrafted from exotics skins that start around $1,800. Or how
about a 4 post handcrafted dog bed with canopy for $19,000.
While these are extreme examples you can pamper your pouch for much less
than that. Some lower cost ways to splurge on your pouch include taking them to
the groomers or how about a doggy massage.
These days you can even buy insurance for your dog to help keep them
healthy and happy. Some more inclusive dog policies can cost well over $100 a
month and include coverage for everything, from exams and vaccinations, to
spays and neuters.
Even dog food has undergone a major upgrade with gourmet versions
available for kibble as well as for dog treats. So no matter what you want for
your dog, you can likely find an expensive designer version of it somewhere.… Read more
Venture away from an average pet
supply store into the land of the designer pooch and you will find a very
different standard of living. Here are ten of the most expensive items ever
sold exclusively for dogs.
1. In 2008, a female surgeon from
Gloucestershire invested A?250,000 in an architect designed dog house for her
pet Great Danes. The house came complete with sheepskin-lined,
temperature-controlled dog beds, an 18in-deep spa bath, a A?150,000 sound
system and 52-inch plasma TV as well as automatic dog food and filtered water
2. A Thai jewellery designer
shocked the world when he designed a $4.2 million dog tiara for his pet Maltese
terrier. The tiara was created from titanium and decorated with more than 100
karats diamonds and 153 karats of emeralds. Riwin Jirapolsek also has plans for
a jewelled hair slide for his dog.
3. Alternatively if you can’t
quite stretch to that why not go for a $3,000 22 karat gold thread mattress,
based on an adult $30,000 version.
4. The ‘I love Dogs’ designers
from New York have come up with a series of diamond encrusted collars that are
the most expensive dog collars in the world. The collars range from the
relatively cheap ‘La Jeune Tulipe’ collar which costs $150,000 through to the
52 karat $3.2 million ‘Amour, Amour’ collar adorned with over 1600 hand-set
diamonds set on 18-karat white gold. You wouldn’t want that to get lost in the
5. To go with the posh collar,
owners with too much money on their hands could always go for a designer doggie
outfit. Italian designer Roberto Cavalli has come up with a range of dog
clothing including satin-trimmed bath robes, silk shorts, jackets and velour
tracksuits priced from $110- $1200.
6. For the dog who … Read more
The primary reason that people get
dogs is because they want a companion, and part of companionship is having fun
with your new friend. For many people, simply going on a walk is fun enough,
but others want more exciting activities to participate in. How do you find a
great activity? It is as easy as buying a pet toy, many of which have become
quite sophisticated in this technological world of ours.
There are many classic toys that
can be picked up at any pet shop. These includes materials for playing catch
and other things that your dog can chase. Just seeing your pet run around
trying to get something can be funny, and since most dogs can be easily trained
to bring the toy back to you, enabling you to easily throw it again, means you
do not even have to do much physical work to have fun. Of course, it is good to
find active things to do so you yourself can become healthy as well, as you
would not be doing your pet any favors by dying prematurely.
Dogs always like to grab on to and
shake things, and that is why there is a variety of rubber and plush dog toys
that can be easily picked up. It truly is fun to have your dog latch on to the
toy and then have a mini tug-of-war with it. Even when you are not there, dogs
sometimes like to just pick up things, and having these toys available makes it
easy for them to grab it whenever they want.… Read more