Taking your dog or cat along on vacation can be more fun for everyone. By planning carefully, you can keep everyone including your pets safe and happy. We pulled together some ‘trip tips’ for your consideration to make traveling with your pet enjoyable.
Pet Health and Safety
Health Checks. Bring your dog or cat to the veterinarian for a checkup before going on an extended trip and make sure all their vaccinations are up to date. Ask your veterinarian if your pet is in proper mental and physical shape to travel and remember that not all pets will enjoy going on a trip.
To keep your dog healthy as you travel, bring along a supply of his regular food. Do not forget the bottled water and be sure to bring any medications he needs. Collapsible bowls for food and water work great, are very convenient, and save space.
Traveling by Car
If they have never traveled in a car get your pet used to this new endeavor by letting them sit with you in the car without leaving the driveway, and then going for short rides. Here are some travel tips when travelling with your pet:
A Pet Crate is an excellent way to keep your pet safe in your vehicle and can also keep your pet from getting into trouble in a hotel or at your host’s home. Consider some of these features when purchasing:
Camping and Hiking
Going camping is a popular family activity, and an increasing number of pet owners are including their pets. For those who plan to take your dog or cat along for an outdoor adventure this summer or fall, here are some helpful camping safety tips.
Enjoy the Journey with Your Pet
Hopefully, we have given you some ideas and thoughts about vacationing with your dog or cat. Depending on your destination and vacation activities do additional research and planning and have a wonderful time together with your family, friends and of course your pet.
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Every Cat needs a Pet Cave! Pet Caves by Walking Palm are sleeping burrows made from comfortable Merino Wool and are purrfect for the cat who likes to snuggle into a warm space! These Pet Caves are durable and provide warmth and security for the pet you love!
Instinctively, Cats love a cave-like space to hide, snuggle and play. It's in their DNA, from their ancestors who lived in caves. Cave-like spaces are cozy and provide a sense of security for cats.
Pet Caves can be used by your cat as a cozy and comfortable pet bed or a fun play space. Multiple cats can use the Pet Cave and they may enjoy snuggling together. Pets up to 18 pounds can use Pet Caves comfortably.
Why Merino Wool? Merino wool is soft, flexible, and offers natural properties to keep your pets cleaner and smelling better. This versatile material has odor resistant, anti-static, and hypoallergenic properties. Because it is temperature-resistant, pets stay warm in the winter and dry in the summer. It is a sustainable, renewable, biodegradable fabric. All these benefits of Merino wool contribute to its popularity in clothing fabric.
Pet Caves by Walking Palm are easy to clean. Simply hand wash and drip dry.
Every Cat needs a Pet Cave. Shop Ellie’s Pet Supply for Pet Caves for your furbaby.
If your dog is itchy, they can develop hot spots. Hot spots are no fun for dogs. The sooner they are treated, the better for your furbaby.
In case you are unfamiliar with “hot spots”, they are hot, red, itchy spots on a dog’s body. “Hot spots” can be caused by allergies, health-related issues, fleas, environmental causes, food allergies, matted or dirty fur, or frequent exposure to moisture. When dogs have itchy skin, they lick and scratch themselves repeatedly to relieve the discomfort, causing “hot spots” or sores on their skin. If “hot spots” are left untreated, an infection could occur. The sooner you treat them, the better.
If detected early enough, bathing and topical treatments could be used in home care, however If at any time your dog’s symptoms do not ease or if symptoms become worse, call your veterinarian.
Bathing and Topical Treatments
Keeping your pet clean is a good first step in easing itchiness. Regular bathing is good for your dog and rinses allergens off the skin.
A good bath using high quality hydrating dog body wash or itch relief dog body wash and conditioner, soothes your dog and eases itching. Topical treatments such as Spina Organics Miracolo Oil Hot Spot Treatment provide relief and begin the healing process.
To prevent scratching, biting, chewing or reinjuring the hot spot, an Elizabethan collar (E-collar) should be worn by your dog. We recommend the more comfortable inflatable E-collar as opposed to the traditional clear plastic “cone of shame”. In our experience, dogs generally seem more comfortable and less stressed when wearing the inflatable E-collar. The E-collar should be worn until the hot spot is healed.
Trim the fur around the hot spot. Clean the area daily using a washcloth and a small amount of hydrating dog body wash and water. Rinse well and dry with a towel. Apply the topical treatment daily according to the directions. The hot spot should begin to heal, becoming less red every day until it is completely healed.
Recently, our chocolate Labrador retriever, Abbie became itchy and developed a hot spot. Thankfully, we caught it early and were able to treat her at home. We used Spina Organics Itch Relief Dog Body Wash and Fur Detangler Leave-In Conditioner to soothe and cleanse her fur. We trimmed the fur around the hot spot and kept it clean. Daily application of Spina Organics Miracolo Oil eased her itching as she healed. She wore an inflatable E-collar to prevent reinjury. After a few days, Abbie’s hot spot was healed.
Spina Organics Miracolo Oil
Spina Organics’ Miracolo Oil is enriched with a healing blend of botanical extracts and essential oils that are carefully mixed to heal small wounds and irritated itchy spots. It utilizes a high concentration of vitamin E, offering a 100% natural, vegan, unscented solution for hot spots, hives, and dry skin.
Spina Organics Itch Relief Dog Body Wash
Rich in botanicals and essential vitamins, Spina Organics Itch Relief Dog Body Wash uses Ginger root and Wasabi Japanese extracts to gently cleanse away impurities and restore the skin’s pH balance without stripping away the fur’s natural oils.
Spina Organics Fur Detangler and Leave-In Conditioner
Enriched with Argan and Moringa oils, Spina Organics 'Leave-In Conditioner' eliminates tangles and leaves fur static-free.
KONG Cloud™ Inflatable E-Collar
The KONG Cloud™ E-Collar is soft, comfortable, and a less stressful way to help keep pets safe while they heal.
Our family is blessed with two dogs, Ellie and Abbie, that live inside with us. They are such a fun part of our family. Their fur feels fresh and clean most days and they smell great even between baths, but it was not always this way…
In the years before we opened our business, Ellie’s Pet Supply, we would bathe our dogs at home with whatever pet shampoo was available at our local big box store. Within a week of bathing, our dogs would smell like they needed another bath. Their “doggy smell” never left, and we were becoming “nose blind” to it. We cleaned frequently, used deodorizers and fragrant candles to try to mask pet odors, especially before we had visitors. All these efforts were to no avail.
Then we met Mauro Spina (pronounced Spee-nah, because it is Italian), one of the founders of Spina Organics, at a pet products trade show. Spina Organics had just been voted number 1 for having the cleanest ingredients. At Ellie’s Pet Supply, we are all about clean ingredients, the best, safest products for pets. Mauro and his wife Snaiga, originally from Southern Italy, founded Spina Organics “to produce the best, all-natural range of pet care products”. During Mauro’s childhood, in a small village of Puglia, in Southern Italy, his grandmother, Sabina Rinelli, patiently taught him to “make the most of what nature has to offer”. Now located in Beverly Hills, California, the Spina’s use their knowledge of plants and botanical extracts to make Spina Organics grooming products for pets. They are passionate about using only the best, cleanest ingredients for pets.
At the trade show, Mauro gave us some samples of Spina Organics Hydrating Dog Body Wash, Fur Detangler Leave-In Conditioner and Lavender Fur Refresher to take home with us. As soon as we used these products on our dogs, we noticed why these products were voted number 1 for Cleanest Grooming Products. Let me just say that all previous dog shampoos we had used before were thick and goopy, extremely sudsy, hard to rinse, and had an “overwhelming perfume” scent. Spina Organics Grooming Products are altogether dramatically different from grooming products we had previously used.
Overall, since we started using Spina Organics grooming products, our dogs’ fur feels and smells fresh and clean between baths. The “doggy smell” in our home is gone! Our dogs are clean and happy and so are we. We’re happy that we can groom our dogs with healthy organic products and that they feel and smell great.
Shop the entire line of Spina Organics Grooming Products in our store for clean and happy pets!
Ellie's Pet Supply - a division of Brown Design Company, LLC, is a family-owned business in Jasper, Alabama USA. Our specialty is providing the best in pet products for Dogs and Cats and presenting them through our Online Pet Supply Store at ElliesPetSupply.com. Pets have always been a part of our lives and we believe they deserve the best quality pet supplies. At Ellie’s Pet Supply, we personally vet the brands and products we carry in our store to bring to you great quality, useful and meaningful pet products to you our customers. Every Ellie’s Pet Supply purchase helps dogs and cats. A portion of our net sales is donated to local animal shelters and rescue organizations such as Walker County Humane Society and R.U.F.F. Rescue in Jasper, Alabama. Thank you for shopping Ellie’s Pet Supply!
It's Ellie's birthday month and we threw her a party. Since we are quarantining, it was a small party with just her big sis, Abbie and family. Ellie loves peanut butter so when it came to baking a cake, peanut butter was the obvious choice. Our pups eat a grain-free diet so the cake needed to be grain-free as well. Apples and plain Greek yogurt are also favorites of Ellie and Abbie so I included them in the recipe as well.
This cake recipe can be made as
We sang Happy Birthday to Ellie and then served each pup their own cake. Ellie didn't waste any time digging in to her cake, frosting and all. Abbie, who is a little more dainty at times, first licked off all of her frosting and then ate her cake. Ellie and Abbie enjoyed their party and especially the cake.
We’re looking forward to celebrating Abbie’s birthday in May. Johnny Cash, our kitty, has a birthday coming up in May or June. With some sort of tuna cake or bowl of cream, we’ll be celebrating his birthday as well. ❤️🐶🐶🐱
Ellie's Peanut Butter Pup Cake (Grain-Free)
Grain-free, gluten free and sugar free for your pups.
Directions for Cake
How do you want to slice it?
Yield: 1- 9” round cake to slice for pups
or 2- 4.5” ramekin pup cakes
or 6 pup cupcakes
Hope your pups enjoy it as much as our pups did!
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Do you have a new puppy?
Make the transition home as smooth as possible with these must-have puppy products, all designed to ease anxiety and bring comfort to your new furry family member.
The Comfortable Beginnings New Puppy Starter Kit comes with:
The Puppy Teething Aid relieves your puppy’s discomfort due to teething. Massaging fingers and ridges satisfy your puppy’s desire to chew while the melting ice numbs and soothes irritated gums. Just add water and freeze to give your puppy relief from their aching gums.
The Snuggle Blanket is made from high-density fleece. The soft fabric provides extra warmth and promotes calm, while catching and holding shedding hair. It is machine washable and measures 48” x 30”.
The Puppy’s 1st toy is designed to keep your puppy occupied and entertained so they’ll stay away from your favorite pair of shoes.
You can also buy Snuggle Puppy or Snuggle Kitty sold separately at Ellie's Pet Supply. Snuggle Puppy and Snuggle Kitty provide anxiety relief and bring comfort to Rescue Dogs, Rescue Cats as well as Senior Dogs and Senior Cats.