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by Nancy E. Hassel, LIPetPlace.com
Hamptons Bound with your Hound?
Now that summer is in full swing and day trips and long weekends are in our near future – for many of us this means taking our pet along for the trip. If you’re heading to the Hamptons for a day or weekend trip – and you want to know the best places to get pet supplies, a new outfit for your teacup poodle or need to board your pet for the weekend – here are our picks.
Are you renting a house that is not pet friendly and you need a place to board your dog that is not far from where you are staying? You will want to check out the East End Boarding Kennel. The kennel is situated on four quiet, country acres in Westhampton, New York, south of Sunrise Highway. Open 365 days a year and can accommodate up to fifty dogs in an environment that is clean, safe, and secure. All dogs are housed in large individual (heated in cooler weathe) indoor- outdoor runs and enjoy time outside in one of our grassed exercise yard several times a day.
Or if you are bringingyour pet with you where you’re staying and need some pet food, supplies and maybe even a pet bed – stop in Southampton and go to One Stop Pet Shop (20 Hampton Rd). The friendly staff of Janet, John or Sue will be there to help you with whatever you need and even though this store is in the heart of Southampton – their prices are very reasonable (better than some stores located ‘up island’). If you can’t find what you are looking for – they can usually order it for you – but they are usually fully stocked with every pet need. Open 7 days a week too.
If you are looking for some luxury for your dog, or a funny and unique t-shirt head down to Jobs Lane in Southampton and go to Little Lucy’s. Named after the store owner’s dog, Lucy – the store is little too – but offers some gorgeous, interesting and not seen very often items for your pet. Pat Hurley, the owner, provides her customers with new and unique pet items every season – you don’t want to miss it. And just a few stores away – there is the Southampton Animal Foundation’s thrift shop – so every purchase made in the thrift shop goes towards helping their shelter animals. You will be surprised what you can find in there! (There is also an additional store to the back of the shop – so two places to find a bargain and do some good at the same time.)
If you want your pet to have specialty food contact the Hampton Pet Chef. Their vet approved home made, wholesome, fresh, and
natural pet made to order food, can also cater to your pets special needs.
If you are looking for a great place to bring the kids to see farm animals up close and personal and hear their amazing rescue stories be sure to stop at Amaryllis Farm Equine Rescue in Sagaponack for a tour. You will be touched by the stories of each animal at the farm and meet Christine and her daughter Rachel who work tirelessly day after day to care for each animal. They also have all kinds of activities for kids, Pony Tail Little Kids Camp for one, the Amaryllis Saddle Club and more.
If you are looking to adopt a new pet into your family, Kent Animal Shelter in Calverton (on your way if you’re taking the LIE) has plenty of dogs, cats and kittens to choose from. There is also the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation in Hampton Bays and also the Animal Rescue fund of the Hamptons in Wainscott. You are bound to find you new furry love at one of these wonderful locations.
Planning on moving to the Hamptons full time, adopting a dog and need a way to keep your pet safe at home? Stop in Water Mill to the Canine Control Company (720 Montauk Highway) and speak to Patty Veit about the Invisible Fence Brand.
And if you need a dog trainer or pet sitter – contact Waggin’ Tails Dog Walking service at (631) 283-1610.
Our next pet picks for day or weekend trippers you can’t miss will be of the North Fork, then Port Jefferson!
by Nancy E. Hassel, LIPetPlace.com
While we may love the 4th of July and all the pomp and circumstance – it may be a very different story for our four legged and feathered friends. Sudden loud fireworks going off nearby, loud parties, or just having more friends and family over can very easily stress out your otherwise well behaved pets. To enjoy the 4th, here are some simple tips to help your pet and family make it through the weekend!
- Make sure you have a collar with ID tags on your pets at all times during this weekend. Some owners like to take their pet’s flat collar off when they are in the house – but the first block buster that goes off could scare your pet so much they may bolt out your front door and take off.
- If you know your pet is terrified of loud noises, try using products like Rescue Remedy® or Canine Calm™ or in extreme cases contact your veterinarian for tranquilizer/valium pills ahead of time.
- Leave your pets home in a secured house. Pets do not need to be at firework shows, it’s almost inhumane if you are not sure of how your dog may react. Know your dog, some dogs don’t seem to mind, but think about their sensitive hearing.
- Having a 4th BBQ? Friends and family tend to want to feed your dog or cat while at a party, to avoid this ask them not to or have your pet in a safe cool room away from all the guests. Check on the pet often, make sure he has fresh water and a comfy place to sleep away from the crowd. (Lock the door if you can!) Guests that are not pet savvy could accidentally open or leave the door open and the pet could escape.
- Parades and pets. Some dogs, horses, and yes even cats are fine while attending a parade with you. Again, know your pet – if you see the animal shaking, panting, drooling, pulling on the leash – those are all signs of stress. Some pets do not do well in large crowds, people, kids petting poking at them, loud sirens from fire trucks going by, etc. If you see your dog is stressed – leave the parade – don’t comfort the dog with, “It’s ok” while petting the panicked animal – that will just make it worse.
- Bringing your dog out on your boat or too the beach? Bring plenty of cold bottled water, pet safe bug spray and sunscreen, extra leash and collar with ID, treats, doggie life jacket, and monitor them for overheating, bug bites, ticks and make sure their paws are not on hot surfaces for a long time -concrete and sand can be scorching- and of course bring poop pick up bags!
- Traveling for the 4th and bringing your pet? Find out where the nearest 24hour emergency clinic is at your destination. Make sure there are no Breed Restrictions at your location. While en route use a safety harness that clips into the seatbelt of your car, or crate your pet while traveling. Have a first aid kit in your car especially for pets and bring extra pet food and water – you never know if your car breaks down you get stuck somewhere.
by Susan Chamberlain of 14KaratParrot
Traveling or Moving, with pet birds?
Planning to travel with your bird? Whether it’s a vacation or relocation, the trip can be a positive experience for both of you. My first long-distance move with a carload of parrots was a revelation. In spite of my insecurities (Would the birds eat? Would they be traumatized?), my flock traveled extremely well. I had even believed the Amazons would be stressed to the point of silence during the trip. At the first bridge plaza they proved me wrong and gave the toll collector an earful. Four moves and 15 years later, the “green gang” is still thriving.
Okay, you’ve got the travel cage or carrier, cover, portable T-stand and first aid kit. Now it’s time to think about food and water. Tailor my “Top Ten” list to you specific needs:
#1. Resist the urge to share “fast food”, or even restaurant food with your birds! Sure, that burger you got at the drive-through is delicious, but it may be contaminated with enough e-coli to make your bird desperately ill. Tasty tacos, embellished with cheese and salsa may be loaded with enough sodium to cause salt toxicity. You’re miles from a familiar veterinarian. What now? Tempt your pet with tasty avian snacks at meal stops instead.
#2. Bring along a supply of bottled water for your bird to drink. Water supplies along your route may be ’safe’ to drink, but may upset the system of a possibly stressed bird. You’ll rarely know in advance if the water along your route is well water or reservoir supplied. If you plan to use commercially bottled water, get your bird accustomed to it before your departure date. Alternatively, you can boil, then bottle your regular drinking water in clean jugs or smaller water bottles for use along the way. Once at your destination, you can gradually introduce your bird to the local water. I’ve done this by mixing increasing quantities of local water with water brought from home.
Portable water filters are available at variety and home improvement stores. Consider taking one of these along if you’ll be on an extended trip.
Did you know? You can kill bacteria by boiling water, but a filter is required to remove heavy metals and
other paniculate matter.
#3. Substitute juicy produce for water while in motion. Most birds drink little, if any water while actually in transit, or the water provided may be spilled. Spillage can be reduced somewhat by using a drinking water bottle, mounted to the travel cage or carrier, but do be aware that birds or the motion of a vehicle can cause these to drain as well. To provide necessary hydration, install a dish of juicy fruit and vegetables inside the travel home. This is especially important when your bird is traveling separately, perhaps in the cargo hold of an airplane.
When traveling by car, offer your pet water from a cup or dish at rest stops…inside your securely closed vehicle, of course! My budgies weren’t inclined to drink or eat produce on our trip, so I misted them with water from a spray bottle several times throughout the day. They preened the moisture from their feathers and licked it from the cage bars. A large, wet lettuce leaf, clipped to the cage bars got their attention on the second day of our journey.
#4. Pack a sufficient supply of seed and pellets in non-breakable containers. Those with screw-on tops are best, as they will not pop off if the container is dropped. Place containers where they will not be subjected to direct sunlight streaming through car windows.
#5. Store perishable food, fruit and vegetables in containers inside a cooler. I seal ice cubes inside resealable plastic bags so the food doesn’t end up under water at day’s end. (I don’t use re-freezable ‘blue ice’ on long trips because after it melts, it’s just excess baggage.) Replenish the ice at the hotel when you stop for the night.
#6. Allow plenty of time for your trip. Check into your motel early in the evening so your bird will have time to settle down, eat and spend a little tune out of its cage. Some birds, like my Senegal parrots, will refuse to eat a morsel of food while inside a car, so it’s important to schedule overnight stops on long trips.
#7. Feed fresh food sparingly before departure. Go easy on the eggs and table food, as a bird with a tendency toward motion sickness may vomit the contents of the full crop. When traveling, I like to awaken early, prepare my birds’ breakfast and allow them tune to eat while I shower and re-pack the car.
You may further reduce the risk of carsickness by covering carriers or cages with a white or light colored cloth while in transit. Birds will be able to perceive daylight, but will not be subjected to the sights of the road. Take your pet on several short drives prior to departing on a long trip so you can observe its reaction. Consult your avian veterinarian for specific advice regarding motion sickness.
#8. One dish filled with seed/pellets and another stocked with fruit and vegetables is all most birds require while on the road. My Amazons followed their regular eating patterns on the road: breakfast at the motel in the morning, then toward dusk, I’d hear the crunching of seed and pellets from the back seat of the car.
#9. Use a mess-containment device to reduce cage fall-out and spillage in your car and in hotels. I use the Mess Catcher™ from Pet Butler (call 800-452-9340 for local retailer or visit www.petbutler.com). a lightweight, clear tray type container for my Amazon’s travel cages, and the wrap-around Birdcage Barrier from Birdbrains™ (888-779-4999 for info) for the smaller birds’ cages. Both are available in a variety of sizes and come in handy at home and away.
#10. Remove hanging toys, treats, swings and other accessories from cages and carriers while traveling. Install dishes securely. Allow your bird to spend time in and on its travel home well before your departure date. Offer a favorite treat or two so your pet will associate the temporary home with something pleasant. My Amazons are still so attached to their travel cages that they insist on spending some time in them every day!
Supply of bird’s regular food, seed, pellets and treats.
Fresh food, packed in containers inside cooler.
Box or carrier for bird food and supplies
Re-closeable plastic bags for ice cubes
Sharp knife for cutting fruit & veggies Plastic spoons Small cutting board Vegetable washing solution Anti-microbial soap Unbreakable food containers Bottled water
Electrolyte replacement beverage for birds that suffer from stress while traveling (Pedialyte™ or similar product; consult your avian vet for specific advice)
Portable water filter
Extra dishes for stands or travel cages
Mess containment device for cage or portable stand
Immersion heater or ‘hot pot’ to heat water or baby food.
Thermometer, if you’re feeding baby birds
Small trash bags
June 25, 2010
by Nancy E. Hassel, LIPetPlace.com
Hitting the road with your pet
Summer time and road trips go hand in hand and many people now travel with their pet. It is great to be able to bring your pet, but you should prepare properly so in case of an emergency or if your car breaks down, your pets will be safe. Even if you are just taking a road trip to the East End of Long Island it is good to be prepared. Some things to consider are:
- Knowing where the local emergency veterinarian is where you are traveling to.
- Have an extra dog leash, collar, foldable cat carrier, pet food, water and water bowl.
- If your pet is not used to being in the car accept for going to the vet or groomers office, then think about taking them on shorter trips to get them used to it a few weeks prior.
- Rescue Remedy is a great product to help calm a pet while on the road, and is a natural product.
- Traveling with a dog can be a lot of fun, but safety even inside the car is important. Crating a dog while in the car works great, and many people who show dogs, this is the only way how they will travel with their dog while on the road. There are also seat belts for dogs these days, mainly harnesses that have seatbelt attachments.
- Bring a portable pet first-aid kit and have any medication your pet is on with, as well as medical records from the pets vet.
- Make sure where you are traveling too does not have breed restrictions on dogs, or species of certain reptiles. Some areas can confiscate a breed of dog or reptile that may be outlawed. Check state and local laws before you leave town with your pet.
- Staying at a hotel? Make sure it is pet friendly, highly recommend for pets and has amenities for pets nearby or has a listing for you when you arrive.
- Parks – make sure if you decide to go into a park with your pet, that the pet is actually allowed there first. Camping? Some parks require a lot of paperwork if you are bringing a dog, i.e. proof of dog license, rabies vaccination proof and more. Check first!
- Leaving your pet home? Book a pet sitter or day care in advance as they fill up fast in the summer months. You can find local places here:
A few other things to take into consideration are, if the weather is different where you are traveling too. Is it hotter? Pets can have different reactions to such. Never brought your pet with you before? Sometimes a new environment can throw off even the calmest pet, be sure to watch for signs of distress. Just because you’re eating out, new foods or adding things to your diet, doesn’t mean you should do the same with your pet. Try to stick to their normal eating schedule and regular food and treats they eat at home. Most of all enjoy your vacation with your pet, but these above tips should help that!