Planning to Travel? Why Not Take Your Dog With You?

dog-on-the-beach

Travelling is a wonderful thing. We get to explore the world, relax and spend some quality time with friends and family. Sadly, if we’re invested in our dog, then it can be fairly stressful trying to find the right care for them and we can’t sleep properly at night knowing that our dog is lonely and probably misses us. However, there’s a simple solution that not enough people think about when they want to travel: take your dog with you!

Plan ahead if you want to take your dog

Much like any holiday, it’s important that you plan ahead before you take your dog abroad or on a trip with you. You can’t exactly book a trip and then leash your dog and bring them on the plane with you. There are rules for taking pets with you depending on the country you’re visiting, so it’s a good idea to do a quick Google search on animal rules when entering a country.

Prepare the right equipment

Planning ahead also means preparing the right equipment and even vaccines. For instance, if you don’t see yourself leashing your dog everywhere because there might be large crowds, then find the best backpack carrier for your dog and carry them on your back instead. This obviously doesn’t work if you have a larger dog, but there may be rules that forbid you to take large dogs as well.

Vaccinations

Then you need to think about vaccinations. All dogs have to be vaccinated against rabies before travelling to certain countries. There are rules and regulations to this but you have to take this step very seriously. They may even need a blood sample before the vaccination and there can be lengthy waits. Another step you’ll need to think about is getting a microchip installed. This is usually used for identification purposes and should be done before the vaccination step.

dog-on-a-paddle-board

Consider a carrier

Many people prefer to let their dogs travel in a carrier in the cargo area. This requires a bit of planning too because not every carrier is suited for air travel. All carriers that are suitable for cargo will be labelled as being airline approved, but always consult the seller before you invest in one. This may also add some additional costs to your travel fees, so ensure you can afford it financially.

Food and drink

While travelling, ensure that your dog has constant access to food and drink. You want to try and feed them as early as possible on the day of travel so that they’re less likely to get hungry or thirsty throughout the day. While on holiday, you might not find your dog’s preferred food, so make sure to carry some extra in your luggage and ensure that you have enough supply for the entire duration of your trip. Water usually isn’t an issue, but ensure that your dog has a water bowl to drink from while they are travelling as well, especially if it’s in the cargo of a plane.

How to cook a dog – hot car recipes…

How to cook a dog in a car

So today we are going learn how to cook a dog, this is a seasonal dish for car owners easiest to prepare during the summer period and can be done in as little as 10 minutes during the sun’s peak hours.

Now the entire goal of the cooking process is to overwhelm the internal regulation of the dogs temperature which is controlled in the brain so we need to raise the temperature to above 41 degrees Celsius. The best way to do this is by parking the car in direct sunlight, and limiting the sources of ventilation – simply leave the window open a slit which will ensure fresh oxygen whilst not lowering the temperature of the car.

You can tell when this is starting to occur with heat cramps and heat exhaustion where the dogs’ activity decreases and they cannot walk without pain. At this stage you are well on your way to cooking your dog and have successfully overcome many of the dogs protective response systems…

  • The behaviour mechanism is overwhelmed as the dog cannot move to a cool area…
  • The blood flow to organs decreases and flow to the skin increases…
  • There is no evaporative cooling as the air exchange is not high enough because we leave just a slit of the window open… and then this only really works when the tongue is wet.
  • Radiation and convection (movement of heat from hot to cold) do not work as all the extra heat has nowhere to go, the environment is all hot…

So just keep going, it’s only going take a little while longer until your dog is cooked. The dogs’ body still isn’t ready to give up though, and a big response from the cells will try to protect the tissue for the injury that is coming.

Now we are here, the bodies organs start to shut down, the temperature causes the cells inside these organs to die. Here the enzymes start not working so cell energy production changes to not use oxygen anymore, we need to be careful here as the pH will change to acidosis.

The brain cells start to die as well now, there is also big swelling, and now maybe you will see some seizures or coma.

The cells from the lining inside the stomach and intestines die, and break off into the gut causing loads of bleeding. The same with the kidneys with cells from the kidney dying and breaking off. Most important here is making the liver is properly cooked, this is where the cells for blood clotting are made so if we get rid of this then we can get rid of all the blood from the body by uncontrollable bleeding.

If you are here your dog is pretty cooked. How long did that take? 15 minutes? 30 minutes?

If you suspect a dog is suffering from heatstroke you need to get them cooled and to a vet

The best way is to transport them on the backseat of a car sprayed with cold water and with both windows open to help the cooling process. DO NOT USE WET TOWELS – this is a myth and will in fact trap the heat inside the body.

If you have to go somewhere not allowing dogs,, it may be kinder to leave them in the shade at home.

Under the skin when things go wrong in marine mammals

Vet summer school with dolphins

So this morning we did our anaesthesia and immobilisation workshop, unfortunately there were no procedures required in the marine mammals so we got a wild horse instead that needed x-rays and hoof trimming. Slightly disappointed but a great speaker and I’ve taken away pages full of tips and tricks that will help me with future anaesthesia in different species. So after lunch with these guys…

Vet summer school with dolphinsWe started with the pathology of marine mammals, this is a pretty special area and we had one of the top vets in the world taking the afternoon. We covered so many disorders including diseases and parasites not seen in normal animals that I finished with a headache, and a ton of notes to go over. Then we got to try our hands at histology of marine mammals as well, this was interesting especially as I have not finished veterinary pathological anatomy yet biut was well worth it to get a good explaination of just what was going on as well as a demonstration of just what can be achieved using simple histological stains.

The evening then went to scientific writting, with us being given blood data for the past few years for all the dolphins here to look at which was pretty interesting. Before we finished for the day we decided to check out the directors claim on Monday that night boxes were not used here and animals were left outside at night – he was telling the truth and it was interesting to be able to see how some animals sleep at night.