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Thank you to our military members for your service! We are honored to assist you with:

  • Logistics and details pertaining to your PCS
  • Communication directly with your vet to ensure accuracy and timeliness
  • Discounts on our consultation services
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  • Language and time barriers with the help of our network of professionals worldwide
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Summer Safety Tips for Pets

by User Not Found | 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.

Happy Tails Alerts

  • March Madness!

    We are offering a discount on our Ground Transport Planning Fee for travel during the month of March!

    Our March Madness Special Ground Transport Planning fee is $200 for civilian domestic ground relocation (reduced from $250), and $185 for military and rescue domestic ground relocation (reduced from $200).  

    *Please note our March Madness Special is only valid for travel between March 1st - 31st, 2019.  A signed contract must be returned prior to the discount being applied.

Personalized Pet Shipping Services

Based out of Arizona, Happy Tails Travel is an experienced pet relocation company. Happy Tails Travel has been safely shipping pets since 1995. We specialize in summer pet travel, even from the hottest states such as Arizona, Texas, Hawaii and Florida, during the hottest months. 

  • Personal & Friendly Service since 1995
  • Professional Pet Transport & Pet Relocation by Air
  • Professional Pet Transport by Ground Safe & Sound
  • Customized Pet Travel Counseling from Start to Finish
  • Pet Rescue & Pet Delivery Services & Arrangements
  • Domestic & International Pet Transportation Service
  • Door to Door Airport Transportation to/from Major Airports
  • No Surprises! Our Pet Shipping Costs are Clearly Listed
  • We Offer Military Discounts & Multiple Pet Discounts
  • 100% Pet Travel Safety Shipping Animals Since 1995
  • We specialize in European countries such as Italy, Germany, France and the UK
  • In addition, we are also experienced with safe pet travel to Japan, Singapore, Australia, South Korea, Bahrain & many more countries!

We Ship your Pets by Air with Care and by Ground Safe and Sound

Bridget’s Co-Pilots

At Happy Tails Travel, we ship your pets by air with care to just about anywhere (domestic and international pet relocation assistance is offered), and our prices are fair. We will customize and assist with all of the details and logistics of your pet move whether it is local, national, or international pet travel. Our goal is a hassle-free, safe journey for your pet, and peace of mind for you. We make moving pets a breeze!

We are advocates for all pets moving. This includes pets who are now restricted from air travel due to airline changes in pet policy. We offer private transport from current home to new home. This is especially helpful for Giant breed, Snub nosed, and "Dangerous" breed dogs. It also benefits people who want an alternative to Airline Travel for their pet. Read more about our pet ground travel services.

Please fill out the Pet Travel Services Form to provide us with all the necessary information to meet your individual pet relocation and pet shipping needs. We can prepare 'Known Shipper' documentation and expedite the shipping of your pet through the entire pet move process. As a certified USDA Intermediate Handler, we comply with the Animal Welfare Act and applicable federal and airline pet move regulations.

With the information from your no cost/no obligation Pet Travel Services Form we can address your entire pet shipping, pet relocation, or pet transport needs. Let us help you safely ship your cat, dog, puppy, or kitten!

Loyal Customers – Many of our clients come back to use us for their next pet move, and refer friends and family to us. Our professional, friendly & customized pet services are some of the reasons we have people utilize our pet relocation planning again & again!

Military PCS

We support our troops! We understand often times PCS moves can be sudden and into unfamiliar destinations.  We are here to assist you in making sure your furry family members are able to accompany you on the next exciting chapter of your life. For more information on our pet family move services please visit our Pricing & Policy Page.

Tax Benefit for US Citizen Pet Owners:

IRS Publication # 521 ("Moving Expenses") states that pet moving is a tax-deductible relocation expense when your relocation and moving is for purposes of change of employment. Consult your tax advisor for further information.

Download the IRS form as a PDF: IRS Publication # 521

Pet Scam Alerts

Before adopting a pet, read our "Tips To Avoid Pet Adoption Scams" blog post and our FAQ page.

Also see our Pet Adoption Scam video.


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