You and Your Pet
Traveling with your pets can be easy and safe, if you pay extra care and attention while you are planning your trip.
"On the Move" This link provides important Oinformation and tips for safe travel with your cat, including using a cat carrier, considering sedating or tranquilizing, and airline and car travel tips, both domestic and international.
"Planning and Preparation" Provides valuable information about what you should know when traveling with pets, including planning and preparation, air, car, bus, and rail travel, and even camping with your pet.
"Caring for Pets When You Travel" Provides information and links for pet travel, including animal-friendly hotel accommodations, packing for pets, and what to "know" before you go.
"Traveling with Cats" (.pdf) Poses valuable medical questions you and your veterinarian should consider before you decide to travel with your cat, as well as regulatory information about travel you’ll need to know and other ways to prepare both of you for the trip.
travelpets.com This link goes to a free online directory to Pet Friendly Hotels, and includes additional information to enhance your travel.
petairways.com Connects you to PetAirways, a pet airline where pets fly in the main cabin, NOT in cargo!
"Lodging Etiquette" Provides detailed tips for lodging with your pet and how best to plan and prepare.
When traveling or even remodeling your home, it is sometimes wise to reduce the stress on your pet by boarding him or her. These links provide valuable information to consider.
"Choosing a Boarding Kennel" This link gives the pros and cons of using a boarding kennel.
yellowpages.com If you are new to your area and don’t have the luxury of knowing where the best kennels are, the Yellow Pages can help you research options. Always get references before leaving your pet behind!
Pet sitting is another option for your pet while you travel. Often the least stressful of all options, the comforts of home for your pet can give both of you peace of mind.
"How to Choose a Pet Sitter and Pet Sitting FAQ" This link provides valuable information on how to choose a pet sitter and offers a pet sitting FAQ from the Professional United Pet Sitters LLC.
Medical emergencies for you pet can catch you off guard and totally unprepared for the expense. Here are tips for handling the unexpected.
"Having Trouble Affording Your Pet?" This link provides valuable information on what you can do if you are having trouble affording veterinary care, such as starting a savings plan, getting pet insurance, working out a payment plan with your veterinarian, seeking discount services, and more.
Allergies—whether they are a human reaction to a pet or a reaction of your pet to other stimuli—are quite disruptive in households. The links below provide insight and guidance for both sides of the allergy issue.
"Allergies to Pets" This link provides valuable information for humans suffering from allergies to their pets and how to reduce the symptoms.
"A Real Life Guide to Living with Allergies" Provides vital information about pet allergies and your child, potential causes, signs and symptoms, diagnosis methods, treatment and prevention, and questions you might ask your doctor.
"Coping With Cat Allergies" (.pdf) This is a hope-filled article for those with cat allergies, and what you can do to alleviate the symptoms.
"Skin and Allergy Problems in Dogs" Provides a broad discussion of skin and allergy problems in dogs, types of allergies, and diagnostic and treatment options.
dermapaw.com Provides product information for safe, soothing relief for itching, paw licking, and dog skin allergies.
"Pets with Allergies: Identification and Treatment" Provides helpful insight into dog and cat allergic reactions and how to treat them.
Your pregnancy and the birth of your child will present new challenges to you and your pet cat. The following links will help smooth out that transition.
"Introducing Your Pet and New Baby" This link provides helpful tips to ease your pet’s stress and help him or her welcome your new baby, while retaining his or her valued family-member status.
"What Is Toxoplasmosis?" Provides important facts about the transmission and prevention of taxoplasmosis, a common parasite in people and cats.
"Pregnancy and Taxoplasmosis" Provides valuable information and facts about toxomplasmosis and how it is—and is not—transmitted.
Animal communication is defined by Wikipedia as "any behavior on the part of one animal that has an effect on the current or future behavior of another animal." Learn more through these links below.
"Animal Communication" This link provides detail on the subtle art of animal communication, which animals take for granted every day.
www.animaltalk.net Explore the world of Penelope Smith, a well-known animal communication pioneer via her website.
www.dawnallen.org Dawn Allen’s talents are immeasurable. Go to her website to learn of workshops in Massachusetts at which you can learn to talk to your pets!
According to the US Department of Justice, "Service animals are animals that are individually trained to perform tasks for people with disabilities, such as guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling wheelchairs, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, or performing other special tasks. Service animals are working animals, not pets." The following links cover various aspects of the field of service animals.
servicedogcentral.org This link brings you to "a community of service dog partners and trainers working together to bring you our combined knowledge about service dogs."
"What Rights Does a Service Dog Owner Have in Housing?" Defines the housing rights, by Property Law, you have with your service dog, which is not considered a pet.
Therapy Dog International This website covers the niche topic of therapy dogs.
"Service Dogs" A directory for information on all types of service dogs, including dogs for the blind and deaf, and other assistance dogs, as well as organizations supporting service dogs.
"ADA Business BRIEF: Service Animals" Covers the rights of disabled persons when entering businesses with their service animals.
"Commonly Asked Questions About Service Animals in Places of Business" This link, in Q&A format, answers common questions asked about animals in places of business.
"Police Dog" Provides the definition of the service dog in the police or other law enforcement department, also known as the K9 patrol.
"How Police Dogs Work" Provides insight into police dog work, the right dog for the job, basic training for police dogs, as well as a "day in the life of a police dog."
www.guidedogs.com This link is for the organization "Guide Dogs for the Blind," offering a wide range of information on this topic.
If you are considering acquiring your next pet from a breeder, the links below will help you decide which breed, which breeder, and whether the decision is right for you.
"Your New Pet: Adopt from a Shelter of Go Through a Breeder?" This link is helpful if you are not sure whether to adopt or buy from a breeder, giving cogent arguments for shelter animals making excellent pets.
"How to Find a Good Dog Breeder" Offers wise counsel on selecting the right dog breeder and pitfalls to avoid.
"Cat Breeder Referral Service" This link to the Cat Breeder Referral Service is hosted by the Cat Fanciers’ Association, self-described as "the world’s largest registry of pedigreed cats." It offers comprehensive resources, including how to select the breed that best suits you, how to find a breeder, and discussion about acquiring adult purebred cats.
"Fanciers Breeder Referral List (FBRL)" Provides another option for finding a reputable cat breeder.
"Information on Over 150 Breeds" This link on the renowned American Kennel Club website offers a directory for purebred dogs, from a comprehensive list of all breeds, to a spotlight on a specific breed, to learning about "Foundation Stock Service (FSS)," a breeder referral service, breed "classifieds," and even a link to breed rescue.