A trip to the country
A trip to the country is always a holiday, especially when a four-legged friend is nearby!
Hot days have come, and now the whole family is randomly running around the apartment, trying not to forget everything that is needed to go to their favorite summer cottage. After all, there is fresh air, space, a garden, someone has a bathhouse, fishing, barbecue … Stop! Have you forgotten about your pet? Sending a Pet to the country is a responsible event, for which you need to prepare well.
First of all, you need to take care in advance of preventive measures to protect against dangers that await pets in the countryside. In the tall grass they are waiting for dangerous ixodid ticks, starving for the winter, who will be very happy for the appearance of a “walking lunch” (or breakfast and dinner immediately). It is necessary to prepare for such a meeting in advance. More precisely, to do everything so that this meeting does not happen. To do this, 4-7 days before departure, it is necessary to treat the animal’s hair with drops from fleas and ticks, and then repeat the treatment every month until snow appears. It’s not necessary to spend a fortune; you can buy inexpensive drops of Bars, Rolf Club or Advantix. It is not superfluous to additionally put on a dog or cat a special collar, for example, the company Bolfo, Beaphar or Kiltix. His actions will be enough for the whole summer, and will additionally protect the life and health of his beloved pet. Well, if in your area there is just a predominance of ticks, or simply you want to do everything possible so that your pet is not in critical condition because of the city, we recommend that you treat the places of your pet’s most frequent stay – bedding, house, cage, as well as door mats – Front Line or Bolfo spray. The spray will drive away unwanted visitors from your home.
It is also necessary to vaccinate your beloved Friend against rabies in advance, because no one knows what this “young naturalist” will find in the grass on the site and beyond. This should be done about a month or two before the planned trip. To do this, you need to give the animal an anthelmintic drug, for example, Milbemax, Drontal plus or Kanikvantel, and after 7-10 days take it to a veterinary clinic. In government clinics, rabies vaccines are given free of charge, usually in early spring. And then it’s worth visiting a doctor.
Next, you should think about how the four-legged friend will cross the road. Well, if the “house in the village” is located near Moscow. Pets usually endure an hour’s drive easily, but if you have to drive longer or there is a chance that you will get stuck in traffic, it is already necessary to take measures to prevent dehydration of the pet. To begin with, you do not need to feed the animal before the trip. Even if you leave at 12 o’clock in the afternoon, still in the morning you should not give food – only water. So the time on the road will be calmer with a greater probability, and the pet will not be tormented by gagging. In addition, water may be required on the way – if the car does not have air conditioning, from the heat, and if there is, then from dry air. In order not to be distracted from driving and not to stain the interior of the car, you can buy a bowl-spill, which, even in the event of a rollover, the pet will not be able to spill. The Bowls of the Road Refresher trademark made in England will become your excellent assistant in any trip.
When animals come to endless expanses, the natural desire of many of them will be to run in the field or in the forest, study the local inhabitants, chase the birds or climb into the pond! Even if you are 100% sure of your pet’s obedience, make sure that in any situation he has a chance to return home – put an adress with your phone on the collar. This is true both in urban and in suburban conditions and may one day save a pet’s life. It should also be remembered that in the excitement of sniffing the territory or chasing wild animals, your domestic dog may forget and go too far, so we recommend giving him complete freedom of action only in a fenced area. When going beyond it is best to fasten a leash-tape measure of a suitable size. A long roulette strap allows the dog to explore the surrounding area without the risk of losing his beloved Friend.
For those who prefer the usual idle weekdays at the cottage, active pastime is perfect for cycling. And it’s great when you can take your favorite dog – small or large – with you on such trips! Representatives of medium and large breeds are happy to run next to a bicycle, and for small ones you can set a special basket in which they can relax from a short run and contemplate the landscapes that open around. It is important to remember that in the summer, on any trip or long walk, you must take water with you for the dog! An excellent helper on bike rides will be a special bottle with a built-in drinking bowl for your pet. It can be hung on a frame or belt, put in a basket or backpack and watered Friend as needed.