By Sid Nair

Tracking Your Dog with GPS

Pet owners have a responsibility to keep their animals safe, ensuring they are always protected from physical harm. Unfortunately, some dogs are more rambunctious than others, making the job of being a good pet parent harder. GPS devices make it easier to keep track of a pet. To fully appreciate the benefits of tracking one’s pet, it’s helpful to understand the many reasons why it’s necessary.

Noise Anxiety

Some dogs are easily startled by loud or unexpected noise. This is called noise anxiety and it affects approximately 40 percent of canines. This condition can make one’s pet suddenly take off running if startled. A GPS tracker makes it possible for pet parents to quickly track and find their frightened pet.

Every Second Increases the Risk of Harm

Dogs can go missing at any time, including when their owner is at work or otherwise away from home. When that happens it can be hours before they realize that their pet isn’t where it needs to be. Every second that a pet is missing increases the chances of them getting hurt or even killed. Fortunately, some GPS trackers may send out notification so that people know their pet has escaped.


When pets accompany their owners on trips they often have various opportunities to bolt. This is especially problematic when people are unfamiliar with the location and potential dangers of an area. Additionally, if a missing pet isn’t found in a timely manner, it runs the risk of being left behind. With a tracker, these concerns are greatly reduced.

When Dogs Give Chase

For certain types of dogs, the need to chase other animals is a matter of instinct. When these dogs are struck by the need to give chase they can quickly run away and disappear. Dogs that are on a leash can even take their owner by surprise and pull free. Even if they haven’t gone very far a GPS tracker can cut down the amount of time spent searching for them.

Digging and Jumping Dogs

Fences are a common solution for keeping dogs in their own yard and out of the street. And while they are successful at doing this much of the time, there are some dogs that have the ability to jump over fencing, and there are others that will aggressively dig beneath it to get out. Digging and jumping can be shocking the first few times and frustrating when it becomes routine. A GPS collar may help owners recover their escaped pet.

Open Doors

Typically, when people visit they are courteous enough to close the front door when they enter. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case and accidents happen. When this happens, there’s a chance that the family pet may wander outside without being seen.


Animal theft is a growing problem. Because pets can be sold to anyone, including people wanting a specific type of pet and laboratories, there’s a market for criminals to make money. Some may even hold a family’s pet until a ransom is paid. People may steal animals that are unconfined even knowing they are not strays. Microchipping and GPS tracking may deter a thief or help owners recover their stolen pet.

Activity Changes

In addition to tracking a dog’s location, GPS has other features that are highly beneficial and even potentially life-saving. Certain GPS trackers are also able to keep track of a dog’s activity level and alert the owner to irregularities or changes. This is important as changes in an animal’s energy levels can be a sign that it is suffering from some type of health issue.

Unknown Behavior

In most cases, people are familiar with how their pets behave and how they are likely to respond. When a pet is adopted, however, these things are unknown. The unpredictable nature of a new pet’s behavior requires monitoring that GPS tracking devices can provide.

Pet Sitters

Often, pet owners hire people to provide services for their pets while they are at work or even if they are away for several days. These people include pet service providers such as pet sitters and dog walkers. While in the care of these individuals, dogs may find a way to get free, and, in the process get lost. With GPS, pet parents can ease their mind and keep track of their beloved pet when they’re in the care of someone else.

Preventing the Loss of a Family Member

Pets, for many people, are like their kids. Just like human children, pets are constantly at risk and require the protection of those who love them. To fully protect and prevent the loss of a four-legged family member, use GPS in conjunction with other safety measures.

  • How to Keep Your Dog From Escaping: Pet owners who click this link can get valuable information about why and how dogs escape, plus they can learn a few helpful training basics.
  • The Canine Escape Artist (PDF): Families that want to keep their pets safe from the dangers associated with escaping the yard should read this fact sheet for information on why dogs escape, how they do it, and if or when correction is needed.
  • My Dog Gets Out of my Yard, What Can I Do?: People who visit this page on the City of Casa Grande website can get advice on what can be done to prevent dogs from getting out of their yard.
  • The Canine Escape Artist: Click this link to read an article that discusses social isolation and other reasons why dogs escape. While on the page, site visitors can also read recommendations for preventing escape and guidelines regarding escape-related punishment.
  • Lost Pet: How to Find a Lost Dog or Cat: Pet parents who have lost a pet should click this link to the Best Friends website where they’ll find information on how to find their lost dog or cat.
  • Thirteen Things You Can Do to Find Your Lost Dog or Cat: Families who visit this page on the PETA website will discover thirteen things that they can do to find their lost pets.
  • Pet Home Safety: Are You Prepared: Individuals with dogs can click this link for a list of 7 food items that they should not feed their pet and 7 ways to pet-proof their home.
  • Seven Things You Can Do to Keep Your Pet Healthy: Pet owners can get tips on how to keep their pets healthy by clicking this link to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation website.
  • Travel Safely and Lawfully With Your Pet: Click on this link to read up on how to travel safely with pets by following the law.
  • Traveler’s Pet Corner: Before traveling with a pet, click this link to read key considerations regarding pet travel as well as how to prepare and deal with airlines.

Laurelwood Animal Hospital,located near Jesuit High School on Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway offers a full range of companion animal services, including surgery, nutrition and behavior counseling, parasite control and preventative medicine. The hospital also offers advanced imaging through an all-digital spiral CT scanner, a comprehensive dental program and laser treatment.

If you’re looking for quality, compassionate veterinary care in Beaverton, Oregon, come visit us at Laurelwood Animal Hospital.

Laurelwood Animal Hospital

9315 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway
Beaverton, Oregon 97005

Phone: (971) 244-4230
Fax: (503) 292-6808

E-mail: [email protected]

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Dogs are wonderful companions, and one of the things that is so endearing about them is how excited they get when greeting us and other people. However, we’ve all experienced a dog that can’t contain his exuberance, jumping on us and those who come to visit. This behavior can be annoying and may even cause us injury.

Dogs love to jump on people because they know they’ll get some sort of attention for it. They learn this behavior as puppies. Puppies are adorable, so naughty conduct is often seen as cute. Puppies are also small, so we’re not usually hurt when they jump on us. Thus, jumping behavior is often overlooked and even rewarded by our reactions to it. This can result in an adult dog that jumps on people.

There are several ways to both prevent and correct jumping behavior. It can be prevented when your dog is a puppy through consistent guidance. It can also be corrected as an adult through redirection and obedience training. Read more

Article by Dr. Nancy Kay, DVM, DACVIM | Found on Pet Health Network

Dogs and humans aren’t the only ones who can suffer from car sickness or motion sickness. Cats can also develop gastrointestinal distress while traveling in the car, and for some, traveling by air or boat can induce the same reaction.

Symptoms of cat car sickness:
Vomiting is, of course, the tell-tale sign of motion sickness. More subtle evidence that your feline friend is feeling queasy can include the following: Read more

Found on NBC NEWS | By Harriet Baskas

If it seems there are a lot more animals in airports — and on airplanes — these days, you’re not imagining it.

More than 30 airports around the country now have regular programs that bring certified pet therapy dogs and their handlers into the terminals to mingle with passengers and help ease the stress of traveling. Read more

Here is another reminder about National Immunization Awareness Month and information about vaccinating your feline friends.

Tuxedo kittenLucky for us, there are vaccines to help prevent many illnesses that affect cats. Vaccinating your cat has long been considered one of the easiest ways to help her live a long, healthy life. Not only are there different vaccines for different diseases, there are different types and combinations of vaccines.

Although vaccination has the potential to protect pets against life-threatening diseases, vaccination is not without its risks. Recently, there has been some controversy regarding duration of protection and timing of vaccination, as well as the safety and necessity of certain vaccines. What does this all mean for your cat? Vaccination is a procedure that has risks and benefits that must be weighed for every patient relative to their lifestyle and health. Your veterinarian can determine a vaccination regime that will provide the safest and best protection for your individual cat. Here are answers to some of your most frequently asked questions regarding vaccines:

What Exactly Are Vaccines?

Vaccines help prepare the body’s immune system to fight the invasion of disease-causing organisms. Vaccines contain antigens, which look like the disease-causing organism to the immune system but don’t actually cause disease. When the vaccine is introduced to the body, the immune system is mildly stimulated. If a cat is ever exposed to the real disease, his immune system is now prepared to recognize and fight it off entirely or reduce its severity.

How Important Are Vaccines to the Health of My Cat?

Bottom line—vaccines are very important in managing the health of your cats. That said, not every cat needs to be vaccinated against every disease. It is very important to discuss with your veterinarian a vaccination protocol that’s right for your cat. Factors that should be examined include age, medical history, environment and lifestyle. Most vets highly recommend administering core vaccines to healthy cats.

What Are Core Vaccines?

The American Association of Feline Practitioners divided vaccines into two categories—core and non-core. Core vaccines are considered vital to all cats and protect against panleukopenia (feline distemper), feline calici virus, feline herpes virus type I (rhinotracheitis) and rabies. Non-core vaccines are given depending on the cat’s lifestyle; these include vaccines for feline leukemia virus, Bordetella, Chylamydophila felis and feline immunodeficiency virus. Your veterinarian can determine what vaccines are best for your cat.

Are Any Vaccines Required By Law?

Each state has its own laws governing the administration of the rabies vaccine. Some areas require yearly rabies vaccination. Other areas call for vaccines every three years. In almost all states, proof of rabies vaccination is mandatory.

How Often Should My Adult Cat Be Vaccinated?

Your veterinarian can best determine a vaccination schedule for your cat. This will depend on the type of vaccine, your cat’s age, medical history, environment and lifestyle. Adult cats might be revaccinated annually or every three years.

When Should My Kitten Be Vaccinated?

Kittens automatically receive antibodies in the milk their mother produces if their mother has a healthy immune system. These antibodies help protect against infectious disease until the kitten’s own immune system develops. When the kitten is around six to eight weeks of age, your veterinarian can begin to administer a series of vaccines at three- or four-week intervals until the kitten reaches 16 weeks of age.

Are There Any Risks Associated With Vaccines?

Immunizations are supposed to mildly stimulate the animal’s immune system in order to create protection from specific infectious diseases. This stimulation can create mild symptoms, ranging from soreness at the injection site to fever and allergic reactions. There are other, less common side effects like injection site tumors and immune disease associated with vaccination. That said, it is important to realize that vaccines have saved countless lives, and play a vital role in the battle against feline infectious disease. As with any medical procedure, there is a small chance of side effects. In most cases, the risks are much smaller than the risks of disease itself. But it is important to talk to your veterinarian about your cat’s medical history before he is vaccinated

What Symptoms Should I Look For?

Most cats show no ill effect from vaccination. Vaccine reactions are usually minor and short-lived. Clinical signs include:

  1. Fever
  2. Sluggishness
  3. Loss of appetite
  4. Vomiting
  5. Diarrhea
  6. Swelling and redness around the injection site
  7. Lameness

What Should I Do if I Think My Cat is Having an Adverse Reaction to a Vaccine?

If you suspect your cat is having a reaction to a vaccine, call your veterinarian immediately.

We just found this article on the ASPCA website and thought it may come in handy for some of you planning your Summer travels.

Top 10 Tips for Safe Car Travel With Your Pet

Young pit bull sitting in carFor some pet parents, a trip’s no fun if the four-legged members of the family can’t come. But traveling can be highly stressful, both for you and your animal companions. With thoughtful preparation, you can ensure a safe and comfortable trip for everyone.

Planning a road trip? Traveling with a pet involves more than just loading the animal in the back seat and motoring off—especially if you will be driving long distances or plan to be away for a long time. The ASPCA offers the following tips to help you prepare for a safe and smooth car trip:

  1. Keep your pets safe and secure in a well-ventilated crate or carrier. There are a variety of wire mesh, hard plastic and soft-sided carriers available. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in. And P.S., it’s smart to get your pet used to the carrier in the comfort of your home before your trip.
  2. Get your pet geared up for a long trip by taking him on a series of short drives first, gradually lengthening time spent in the car. And please be sure to always secure the crate so it won’t slide or shift in the event of a quick stop.
  3. Your pet’s travel-feeding schedule should start with a light meal three to four hours prior to departure. Don’t feed your furry friend in a moving vehicle—even if it is a long drive.
  4. Never leave your animal alone in a parked vehicle. On a hot day, even with the windows open, a parked automobile can become a furnace in no time, and heatstroke can develop. In cold weather, a car can act as a refrigerator, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.
  5. What in your pet’s traveling kit? In addition to travel papers, food, bowl, leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication and a pet first-aid kit, pack a favorite toy or pillow to give your pet a sense of familiarity.
  6. Make sure your pet has a microchip for identification and wears a collar with a tag imprinted with your home address, as well as a temporary travel tag with your cell phone, destination phone number and any other relevant contact information. Canines should wear flat (never choke!) collars, please.
  7. Don’t allow your pet to ride with his head outside the window. He could be injured by flying objects. And please keep him in the back seat in his crate or with a harness attached to a seat buckle.
  8. Traveling across state lines? Bring along your pet’s rabies vaccination record, as some states requires this proof at certain interstate crossings. While this generally isn’t a problem, it’s always smart to be on the safe side.
  9. When it comes to H2O, we say BYO. Opt for bottled water or tap water stored in plastic jugs. Drinking water from an area he’s not used to could result in tummy upset for your pet.
  10. If you travel frequently with your pet, you may want to invest in rubberized floor liners and waterproof seat covers, available at auto product retailers.

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