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Ensuring Your Pet´s Safety in Spain

Ensuring Your Pet´s Safety in Spain

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Are you traveling or moving to Spain with pets? For us animal-lovers, traveling or moving without your pet is not an option. Pets can run away or get lost. We all know it happens, even if you are a responsible owner. It is the worst feeling in the world knowing that your pet is somewhere out there alone and scared, especially in a foreign country. (more…)

Pet wearables

Pet wearables

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Technology is always around us and constantly evolving.  The wearable technology market is one of the fastest growing technology sectors. The ever popular “FitBit” started it all and more recently, the Apple iWatch added to the competition. But, did you know they have wearable technology for pets also? Yes, that’s right, your dog can be tech-savvy too! These devices are great to make sure your dog is getting enough activity and staying healthy. Check out these cool wearable options for pets:
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The 5 Coolest Pet-Friendly Hotels

The 5 Coolest Pet-Friendly Hotels

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Love to travel but don’t want to leave your non-human best friend at home? Here are 5 cool hotels that allow you to bring along your furry friend! With amenities including “yappy-hour” and a room service menu with a veterinarian curated menu, you and your friend may never want to go home.
 

Cypress Inn, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

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Carmel, CA is known as one of one of the most pet-friendly cities in the United States. This boutique hotel is no different. The Cypress Inn boasts a dog-wash station, a list of approved pet sitters (if you want a night to yourself), and a daily “happy-hour” from 4-6pm. The co-owner, celebrity Doris Day, is an animal activist and wanted to create a hotel that allows you to bring along your best friend whether that be a dog or a potbelly pig.

SoHo Grand Hotel, New York City

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This luxurious hotel was once voted one of the top 100 places to stay worldwide and also received a place on Conde Nast Traveler’s “Gold List”. You and your non-human friend will definitely feel pampered here with amenities like pet bedding, food and water bowls, doggy bags and organic treats. The architecture of the hotel perfectly captures a luxurious yet classic vibe, embodying the vintage SoHo aesthetic. The hotel is complete with its own dog park open seven days a week.

 

Hotel Van Zandt, Austin, Texas

Photo Courtesy Hotel Van Zandt/©Whit Preston 2015

All Kimpton Hotels are pet-friendly because they believe “travel is better with a friend”.  No matter what size your pet is, they will not charge an extra fee. After living in Austin, I can personally tell you the city of Austin is very pet-friendly. There are countless parks, trails, hikes, and places on the water you can bring your dog to. This stylish hotel features plush puppy beds, food and water bowls, mats, door hangers to alert staff and hotel guests your furry friend is in the room, and a nightly pet-friendly wine reception!.

 

Inntel Hotels Zaandam, Amsterdam

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This uniquely designed hotel is like nothing you´ve ever stayed in before. It is comprised of nearly 70 little houses stacked on top of each other.  Located only 12 minutes by train to the heart of Amsterdam, this 4-star hotel offers a wellness club, spa, swimming pool, and fitness center. For 25€ per night, your furry friend (max 15kg) and you can stay in this beautiful hotel in a wonderful city.

Loews New Orleans Hotel: New Orleans, Louisiana

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New Orleans; home to the infamous Bourbon Street and Mardi Gras. New Orleans is also home to the Loews Hotel, one of the top-rated hotels in New Orleans. All of Loews Hotels offer what they call a “Loews Loves Pets Program”. Upon check-in, your pet will receive a bowl, name-tag, and treats. Loews also offers a room-service specially created in collaboration with their chefs and veterinarians. You and your furry friend can both have breakfast in bed! Pets are always free of charge at all Loews locations.

What do you think about these amazing places?  Have you visited some of them? Let us a comment!

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It’s so exciting to start packing your bags for your well-deserved vacation, but where are you leaving your dog? He also deserves vacation time, which is why here are some tips and advice so that he can enjoy as well.

 

Scenario 1: You take him with you

If you are thinking about traveling with your dog, you must take some things into account. If your vacations are abroad you must have all the correct documentation, which include:

  • Health card stamped by a veterinarian
  • Passport for domestic animals
  • Health Certificate issued by a veterinarian: tell your veterinarian that you are travelling abroad so he can help you prepare the documents you will need.

We recommend that if you have any questions to call the consulate of the country you are travelling to and ask them directly what the requirements are. Many countries require you to translate the documentation to the local language, that you give your dog certain vaccines or in the case of Japan for your dog to spend 15 days in quarantine starting on his arrival.

Condition his crate for the trip, put training pads inside, especially if it is a long journey and there are no stops in between. Also, don’t forget about water, it is important that he is hydrated, most airlines don’t worry about this. To avoid any problems plan everything with enough time.

Scenario 2: You are travelling by car

If you take your dog with you in a car make sure he is in a place where he doesn’t block any visibility or distracts the driver. You can put him inside of a crate with a seat belt on or use a seat belt that is especially for dogs.

If you are taking a long road trip, try stopping every two hours or 120 miles so that he doesn’t get nervous or stressed. If you notice that he is drooling a lot it means that he is car sick, in this situation it is better to stop for a while so he can relax and drink some water.

Never leave him locked in the car, never! Many dogs have suffered major health issues due to heat strokes, please treat your dog like any other family member.

If you have decided to let your dog travel using a seat belt, we recommend that you put a blanket on the seat to protect it. Never let you dog put his head out the window, especially if you are passing by a city or where there are a lot of trees. If you’re not careful, he could hurt himself, get otitis or conjunctivitis caused by the wind.

Scenario 3: You leave your dog with a nanny or at a dog residence

If you are going to be apart from your dog and leaving him with a nanny or at a dog residence the first thing you should do is to ask for references of the people you are leaving him with. Try reaching old customers, visit the place and get to know the person that is going to care for him. Don’t forget to take his toys, blanket, food and even one of your t-shirts so he doesn’t miss you as much.

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Wherever our dog goes, it is important that he feels at home, has his blanket, toys, etc. Familiar things will help him tolerate the change better. If you are staying at a hotel, get information about rules and regulations you must follow.

It is crucial for your dog to be correctly identified in case he gets lost. If your dog wears a plate and the weather is too hot you must be careful since regular plates get hot and could hurt him. Dinbeat has created plates made from high quality PVC, which don’t get hot under the sun and are not heavy, meaning that they are comfortable for any dog, no matter the size. Dinbeat plates have QR codes where your dog’s information is always updated, plus you can add up to five people to contact in case your dog gets lost. The plates also have a GPS so you can find your dog faster than ever.

During the holidays a lot of dogs are left behind, remember that they are part of the family. Dogs are extremely faithful animals, so don’t abandon them for vacation time. In Spain, over 100,000 dogs are abandoned by their owners during the holidays, which 16% get euthanasia. Dinbeat asks you to be responsible and never abandon your pet! They would never leave you!

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