Dog Car Sickness Is Yucky – 5 Tips to Help Your Dog

Dog car sickness
A puppy suffers from dog car sickness.


What do you do with a 10-week old puppy suffers from dog car sickness? Kallie lives in Alaska and has long rides in her future. Doris LaMagdeleine Ruckoldt of Palmer, Alaska wasn’t sure how to help Kallie and asked Animal Bridges for help. Every weekend they travel back to Palmer from Anchorage.

She wrote “I was wondering would you have a suggestion on something I can help Kallie with for her motion sickness? I know people say to ease her into the car rides but I didn’t have time for that when I brought her home.”

“She was showing all the signs of car sickness & stress [dog car sickness]. On my way back to Anchorage on the 4th [of July], I covered only part of her kennel, which was in the front seat of the truck. I had to stop about 12 miles from town to clean up her kennel & her because she had throw up a few times.”

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5 Tips for Dogs in Flood Areas

Mailbox in Flood WatersLiving in a flood area you have plenty on your mind. Here are five tips to help keep your dogs safe in flood areas:

  • Keep you dogs out of the lakes, creeks, and rivers. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly advise to “keep children and pets out of the affected area until cleanup has been completed.”
  • Water in lakes, creeks, and rivers may be contaminated with chemicals, pesticides, and feces. (I heard of a porta potty floating in a local Minnesota lake.)
  • Keep your dogs from drinking affected water. This includes “street tea” or the water puddles by the curb.  The water may cause diarrhea.
  • Open wounds may get infected from the flood waters.
  • Read this great article by a vet on water borne illnesses in dogs.

Is your pet acting up after the floods or acting afraid? Schedule a free 15-minute consultation.

  • When you ask your pet, “want a treat?” or “want to go outside?,” do they seem to know what you’re asking and respond?
  • Do you somehow know when your pet is sick or hurt?
  • Can you feel your pet’s love for you?

Then you are communicating with your pet!

As a professional animal communicator, I’ve had special training that enhances the natural communication you may have experienced. Because of this training, I can help you learn more about your pet.

Working from my home, I hold a telepathic conversation with your pet, asking questions you provide, or giving them information for you. As I work with your pet, I hear the conversation in my head and feel both emotional and physical issues the animal is experiencing. After the session, I provide a transcript of the conversation, including insight into the animal’s feelings, thoughts, and concerns.

Read stories about some amazing communications.
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Lost Dog — Is Your Dog’s Microchip Information Current?

Lost Dog Was Found

Recently I was driving down a busy street in Minneapolis when I saw a large dog running frantically down the sidewalk. I followed the dog in my car trying to find a good place to pull over.

The dog was running so fast and I tried to stay with the dog. Quickly it ran down an alley and I decided to stay on the streets. At the end of the block, I spotted the dog again sniffing a snow pile

As I pulled up behind a parked car, a woman got out with her dog in the car. I shouted to her to open the door and let her dog out. She did and the lost dog ran to the car.

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7 Tips to Help Your Dog Adjust to Dog Booties

7 Tips to Help Your Dog Adjust to Dog Booties

Does your dog freeze up or walk funny when you put on him? Hobbes would keep one rear leg up in the air as he hopped down the street. Now he walks well in his booties.

Here are 7 tips to help your dog adjust to booties.

  1. Have lots of small treats for rewards.
  2. Let your dog smell the booties.
  3. Gently rub down her leg to her foot with your hand. Then stroke the top of her feet and the pads. Gently rub the bootie on her foot so she can feel it.
  4. Stand your dog on a rug or carpeting near the door. Avoid putting on the booties while he is standing on hardwood or tile floors where he would slip.
  5. Go immediately outside.
  6. If she holds her leg up, gently rub the leg to get it to relax. She will probably relax and put it down.
  7. Then walk the dog’s normal pace. Usually he will forget about the booties.

After trying many booties, Hobbes likes PawZ Dog Booties. They are made of  natural rubber, don’t slip, are waterproof, and he can feel the ground.

Still need help with your dog’s booties, schedule a free 15-minute phone consult with Elaine.

Calm Yourself and Your Pet for the Holidays!

Hobbes Relaxing

The 2013 holiday season is on us, and this year it is suddenly shorter! Talk about adding stress. Can you believe Hanukkah starts on the night before Thanksgiving? And the shopping season got shortened by a week. Of course, we all have the same amount of errands, mailings, and cooking in less time.

Now exhale! Yes, we are stressed and we are sharing it with our pets.

So let’s all stop for a minute or five minutes. Exhale. Clear your mind by listening to your breathing. Turn off the mind chatter.

Now go over to your pet, and slowly exhale again. You may try yawning while you sit with your dog. Very slowly blink your eyes as you sit with your cat.

Exhale quietly again. You are in the present moment. Slowly stroke your best friend. If you know TTouch, do a few TTouches on your pet and yourself. Exhale.

As a way of giving thanks to your pet and yourself, try to spend five minutes a day enjoying the present moment with your pet. You will feel better and so will they!

Is your dog stressed with people visiting? Click here to schedule your complimentary 15 minute About Your Pet Session.

Lost Dog with ID Tags Not Enough Information

Hobbes’ tags

My cousin, Phyllis Zwarick from Long Island, New York shared this story with me.

On a Sunday night at 10 pm her door bell was rung by two young women. They were driving by and saw a small dog walking up her driveway. They asked if it was her dog. The older, poodle mix had a collar and was well cared for. Unfortunately the dog’s tag was old and information was worn off.

No one was looking for the dog. Her husband, Joe, took the dog to the town pound and hoped for the best. Fortunately the dog’s rabies tag was current. The pound employee said in the morning they would be able to identify the vet by the rabies tag number and get in touch with the vet.

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10 Tips on How to Plan and Prepare Your Pet for Your Trips

Prepare Your Pet for Your Trips

Ready to Travel?

Did you prepare your pet for your trips? When you go out of town, do you feel comfortable that you have all your pet’s need fulfilled too?  Hopefully you have time to plan your vacation or business trip. What if your phone rings with a family emergency and you must leave within a day? Are you ready for these situations? Who will care for your pet? Do you know what to pack for your pet?

Maybe your cat or dog stays with friends. What if they are not available? Do you have a plan?

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7 Tips to Help Your Pet in Hot Weather

7 Tips to Help Your Pet in Hot Weather

Boomer in Pool

Some hot weather tips for your pets and maybe you.

  1. Wet a bandana and put it around your dog’s neck or your neck. Better yet, put the rolled, wet bandana in the freezer before wearing.
  2. Wet a t-shirt and put it on your dog. Tie up the excess t-shirt on her back.
  3. If your dog is wearing a ThunderShirt (a great calming garment for dogs) and not in air conditioning or a cool place, be sure to wet down the Thundershirt.
  4. If you are in a place without air conditioning, try to use a wire crate instead of plastic crate. Wire crates allow more air circulation. Also place a fan near the crate. If the animal is still hot, place a wet sheet or towel over part of the crate with the fan blowing on it.
  5. Be sure your cat has cool places to escape the heat.
  6. Dogs with short hair or hairless breeds can get sunburned. Also cats with white ears or faces can get sun burned. Pet sunscreen is available at many pet supply stores.
  7. Always have water available for your pets. Some dogs really enjoy a wading pool to keep cool.

With the heat of summer, thunderstorms can pop up at any time.

  • Does your pet become anxious with thunderstorms?
  • Does your pet have pain or act scared sometimes?
  • Ever wish you could tell her something she would understand?
  • Wish you knew what he was thinking?

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Signs of Heat Stroke in Dogs and What to Do

Signs of heat stroke in dogs

Is Your Dog Okay?

Do you know the signs of heat stroke in dogs?

I’m glad I knew them years ago, when Hobbes joined our family on a beautiful September weekend. A few days later it was in the 70’s with high humidity. Hobbes was chasing a neighbor’s dog and having a great time. In less than 10 minutes he was panting rapidly, his tongue was bright red, and he was foaming at the mouth!

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13 Tips to Help Dogs During Fireworks Season

13 Tips to Help Dogs During Fireworks Season
13 Tips to Help Dogs During Fireworks Season

Fireworks Can Be Scary!

Many people think fireworks are beautiful and fun to watch. A rare dog really enjoys them. Boomer, our previous Wheaten, loved fireworks. He would sit on my lap and watch them. He was calm and not bothered by the noise.

Most dogs are not like Boomer and are fearful of fireworks. The following 13 tips will help you and your dog have a more enjoyable July 4th week:

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