Keeping Pets Safe During Car Travel

Traveling with your dog this Labor Day weekend?  The car company Volvo has released a report on keeping your pets safe while on the road.

The report is based on a survey of pet owners conducted with the Harris Poll organization.  Not surprisingly, the results show that Americans love to take their pets—especially dogs—on the road with them.

While we love to travel with our dogs (even more than with family members in many cases!) we do have some concerns about pets in cars.  This is especially true of millennials.

The survey found that pet owners will often leave their dogs at home due to safety concerns.

One of the biggest pet safety risks outlined in the report is unrestrained pets riding in cars.  Studies have found that loose pets in the car lead to distracted driving and other unsafe driving behaviors.

The report notes that many drivers would like to see built-in dog safety features in their cars.  Volvo describes the pet safety accessories they offer, including harnesses, gates, dividers, and protective grilles.

In the market for a new, dog-friendly car?  Check out these recommendations from Autotrader.


FDA Warns Pet Owners and Vets About Risks of Certain Flea and Tick Medications

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recently issued an animal drug safety communication about the potential neurological side effects of a class of flea and tick medication known as isoxazoline.

FDA-approved isoxazoline drugs go by the brand names Bravecto, Credelio, Nexgard, and Simparica.  Isoxazolines are a relatively new class of synthetic pesticides that can be administered orally as well as topically.

The neurological adverse reactions identified by the FDA include muscle tremors, ataxia (loss of muscle control), and seizures.

While the FDA reports that they still consider these drugs to be safe and effective, it is notifying veterinarians and pet owners of these adverse neurological reactions so that they can make informed decisions about flea and tick control for the animals in their care.

The FDA advises vets and pet owners to report adverse drug events to the drug manufacturers or to the FDA.  You can find a list of the drug manufacturers and their phone numbers in this fact sheet for pet owners and veterinarians.

For more on isooxazoline drugs, click HERE.


Thanksgiving Food Safety for Pets


Thanksgiving is coming next week, which makes it official…the holiday season is here!  We love to share the holiday festivities with our pets, and this sometimes includes a treat from the table.  Thanksgiving is always a good time to remind well-meaning pet owners to go easy on feeding our dogs and cats scraps from the table.


While some people food is OK in moderation, there are definitely some things that need to be kept away from hungry pets. Here’s a handy guide on what foods you should avoid feeding your best friend this Thanksgiving: