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We've been home for a month and everyone is settling in nicely! Attached is a picture of Briny enjoying her new home. Thanks again for all your help!
Warm regards,

Clayton Saunders from Rome, Italy to Dulles, VA

Blue the Dog - Military Pet transportation services from California, USA to Brandon Suffolk UK Blue the Dog - Overseas Pet travel services from California, USA to Brandon Suffolk UK

Just wanted to say thank you for all your help getting Blue to the UK. Everything went perfectly from his paperwork to his drop off to the pick-up.

He was a very happy boy when we picked him up and his customs clearance process was very smooth.

Erin Sturgell & Blue
Rosamond CA to Brandon Suffolk UK

Obi - dog shipped from Smithfield, VA to Venice, Italy

After a few days Obi is still doing great! He is eating normal, sleeping as expected, and being his general frisky self. I've attached a picture of Obi and the kids for your enjoyment. We are grateful for your help in getting him here in such good health. He was well taken care of. Thanks!


Ike Williams
Smithfield, VA to Venice, Italy

Dogs, Sierra and Jenny shipped from Austin, TX to Oakland, CA

Thanks to Happy Tails Travel Jenny & Sierra had a safe flight from Austin, TX to Oakland, CA.

Happy Tails Travel coordinated the entire travel process for my pets. I was up to date on all the arrangements even as they traveled to their final destination. We were very pleased with the services Bridget provided. Thanks Happy Tails!!

Leslie F.
Austin, TX to Oakland, CA

Here are some photos of our Ellie (female dog) and Hapa (male cat) after their very long trip from Maui to Maine. They are enjoying their Happy Tails cowboy bandanas.

You did a fantastic job getting them to us in very good condition. They were no worse for the wear and as happy as ever to see us. They settled into our their new home like they had been here all along! We are so grateful for your service!

Our best to you,

Michael and Leanne Caires
Makawao, HI to Portland ME

We are eternally grateful for your helping our dogs, Bo and Megan be flown to us without any muss or fuss.

Thank you! Kelly Brilakis
Denver, Co to Atlanta Ga.

Summer Safety Tips for Pets

By: Bridget Monrad, R.N. | Apr 01, 2016

Summer Safety Tips for Pets from Happy Tails Travel

Warmer temperatures brings certain risks and health hazards for your furry friends. Follow these summer safety tips to keep your cats and dogs healthy and happy during the summer season!

Keep your pet hydrated

Just like humans, animals need lots of water when it’s hot outside!

  • Make sure you provide adequate shade and easy access to water at all times.

  • Limit your pet’s exercise to early morning or late evening when the temperature is cooler. If you go for a walk with your dog, make sure to bring a water bottle for yourself and your pet.

  • Remember, dogs don’t sweat like humans do! They also don’t respond to temperatures the same way. Fans don’t cool dogs the same way as it does humans, since dogs sweat primarily through their feet.

  • Take your dog’s temperature if you’re unsure if they are in danger. A dog’s temperature should not get over 104. If their temperature is above 104 degrees fahrenheit, your dog could be experiencing a heat stroke. Signs of heatstroke in dogs include heaving panting, glazed eyes, rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, seizure or unconsciousness. If your dog is showing signs of a heat stroke, the Humane Society  recommends immediately moving your pet to a shaded or air-conditioned area. Apply ice packs or cold towels to their head, neck and chest. You can also run cold water over their entire head and body. Allow them to to drink small amounts of cool water at a time, or lick ice cubes. The next step is to take your dog into the veterinarian as soon as possible.

Beware of hot pavements or surfaces

Hot temperatures can create hot surfaces like sidewalks, patios and pavement that can be dangerous to your pets. Burns and blisters can occur on the pads of their paws, and can result in infections or other serious issues.

  • A quick way to check if the pavement is too hot for your pet to walk on is to place the back of your hand on the pavement for 5 seconds. If it’s too hot to hold your hand their the entire time, it’s too hot for your animal’s paws.

  • If you absolutely must walk them during hot temperatures, use special paw booties or stay in grassy areas.

  • Watch for signs of your pet not wanting to walk, or if they begin limping. This may be your pet telling you it’s too hot for their paws.

  • If you see a change in your dog’s paws to being red or pink, if they licking or chewing on the paws, or if blisters or missing pieces from the pad of the paw occur, take your dog to the vet immediately.

NEVER leave your pet in a car

Never leave your pet in the car, no matter how cool it seems, or even if it’s for a short amount of time. Temperatures inside a vehicle can rise almost 20 degrees in just 10 minutes, 30 degrees in 20 minutes, and even higher during longer amounts of time. After 60 minutes, the temperature in your car can be more than 40 degrees higher than the outside temperature. Death can occur quickly and painfully.

Watch for sudden changes in weather

Whether it’s humid, windy, or storming outside, different examples of severe summer weather can have an effect on your pet.

  • Humidity can make it more difficult for your pets to breathe comfortable. Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which helps cool their body. When it’s humid, animals have a harder time cooling themselves, and their body temperature can rise to dangerous levels very quickly.

  • Pets can get storm anxiety in places where summer monsoons pop up with little notice. A tip to help them stay calm during a storm is to leave the TV or a radio on for background noise if you cannot be there, or simply offer them comfort and snuggles. Keep windows and curtains closed to reduce noise and block out lightning flashes.

  • Dogs often like to have a cave-like space to hide in to feel secure, so providing a crate or dark room can help ease their anxiety.

  • You can help train them out of storm anxiety by training them, and make them feel safe and comfortable with you when they are inside during a storm.

Summer foods to avoid feeding your pet family

While you can indulge in summer barbecues and goodies, your pets should not! Avoid feeding dogs these foods, as they include ingredients that are safe for humans, but toxic for dogs:

  • Grapes and Raisins

  • Chocolate, Coffee and Caffeine

  • Mushrooms, Onions, Garlic and Avocados

  • Alcohol

  • Citrus

  • Macadamia Nuts (or nuts of any kind)

  • Milk and Diary

  • Raw or Undercooked Meat or Eggs

Call or email us with questions, or if you have specific questions pertaining to Pet Travel during the summer! To learn more about us visit us at HappyTailsTravel.com where we safely ship pets all summer long.