My friends Joe and Karli recently relocated to Spain with their three cats in tow. As they prepared for the move, they quickly discovered that transporting pets internationally can be quite a production.
There are a few basic requirements for traveling abroad with companion animals. Your vet can provide health certificates and proof of rabies vaccinations. Some countries also require mandatory quarantine periods for animals before allowing them in.
Let's play Jeopardy!. These four-legged animals need daily interaction with humans, lack survival instincts to live in the wild, are easily frightened by children, and love to chew on electric cords.
What are... rabbits!
A large number of rabbits end up in animal shelters every year because owners underestimate the time and care required to maintain them. But it's not all work and responsibility. One upside to rabbits is that they can actually be litter box trained, just like cats!
When you’re watching a Mardi Gras parade, what gets you most excited? The floats? The throws? The marching bands? One New Orleans native has loved Carnival since she was a little girl, but not for any of these reasons. She loves it for the horses.
For years, Mardi Gras was a human-only event. But in 1992 New Orleans dog lovers formed the Krewe of Barkus, and every year since they've held the city's only dog-centric Mardi Gras parade.
Each year's parade has a theme. Past favorites include "Jurassic Bark" and "Titanic: Dogs and Children First." Owners dress their dogs accordingly and construct miniature floats to haul the canine royalty around the French Quarter parade route.
Valentine's Day means candy hearts, heart shaped cards and... heartworms?
Infected mosquitos transmit these parasites to your pet's bloodstream. Heartworm disease is most common in dogs, but can also affect cats. It causes coughing, fatigue, weight loss, and, if left untreated, is fatal. Heartworms are difficult and expensive to treat, but easy and affordable to prevent with a monthly pill. If you're a dog or cat owner, make sure to protect your pet.
We all know what it takes to get a shoe at Muses: a good costume and lots of racket.
Between the marching bands, crowd noise and curbside speakers blasting "The Wobble," Mardi Gras is noisy. Dogs can hear high pitched frequencies at a greater range than humans. The barrage of Mardi Gras noise can leave them overwhelmed and over stimulated.
If you're like me, you can't imagine life without your pet. But what if you pass away before your pet does?
Many of us consider our pets members of our families, but the state of Louisiana doesn't allow you to name your pet as the beneficiary of a trust. Instead, you can transfer ownership of your pet and create a trust to benefit its new owner.
You're probably familiar with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. But have you ever heard of mouth-to-snout?
That's right, pets have medical emergencies too. Your feisty outdoor cat, for example might show up at dinnertime with a battle wound. Or you might find your dog in over his head in the bayou.
Learning animal first aid and CPR is a good way to prepare for unexpected accidents. Pet first aid and CPR training gives you the know-how to get your animals through a medical emergency until you get them to a vet.