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The Vanderpump Dog Center

Recently I had the most wonderful opportunity to visit the Vanderpump Dog Center whilein Los Angeles and it was a most amazing and inspirational experience. The Vanderpump Dog Foundation, founded in 2016, is a 501c3 dog rescue organization, working on both a domestic and international front to help create a better world for dogs globally. Although a Los Angeles based Foundation, the story begins in Yulin, China. After becoming aware of the Yulin Dog Meat Festival and witnessing the horrific images of slaughter and abuse that the dogs in Yulin face, founders Lisa Vanderpump & Ken Todd began the long journey towards trying to stop the barbaric torture practices in Yulin and end the dog meat trade in Asia. Together with their partner Dr. John Sessa, they launched the campaign Stop Yulin Forever. The movement gained momentum and has inspired activists all over the world to end the Yulin Dog Meat Festival and encourage more human treatment for dogs worldwide. The Vanderpump Dog Foundation was formed to not only aid in ending this international atrocity, but to also better the lives of dogs domestically. The United States faces many problems of its own including dog overpopulation, abuse, neglect and lack of education with regards to spaying and neutering pets. The Foundation is built on a platform of education, legislation, and activism. For more information please visit Vanderpump Dogs.





New Quarantine Facility for Cats and Dogs

Auckland’s newest Quarantine Facility for Dogs and Cats entering New Zealand opened May 2017 and is built to the latest specifications in consultation with MPI. Cat and Dog rooms are generously proportioned and families can be accommodated together. Auckland Quarantine is an MPI approved Transitional Facility for dogs and cats arriving in NZ. The New Zealand Government requires that dogs and cats are quarantined for 10 days on their arrival from any country other than Australia.

There are several things useful to understand for anyone looking for pet transportation to move their pet overseas:

  • Dogs traveling to Australia need Owners declaration of having lived in NZ since birth in New Zealand or since coming to New Zealand from Australia. Dogs from other countries require blood tests before travel.
  • Cats and dogs traveling to UK and Ireland must be micro-chipped and be vaccinated for Rabies at least 21 days before entering UK. (new regs from 1 Jan 2012). For travel to most of Europe a Rabies vaccination is required at least 21 days before flight.

Emergency Card for Your Pet

Woman Tenderly Hugging and Kissing Pet DogWhen traveling or relocating with your pet it is a good idea to have an emergency plan in place for your pet’s care. What would happen if you needed to get your pet out of the area in a hurry or if something happened to you? Who would care for your pet? Dogs and Cats of Antigua Animal Foundation offer a great idea and solution known as an emergency card for your pet. Basically the card alerts someone that if you are sick or injured in an Emergency Situation, please contact the individual listed on the back of this card to care for your pet at home.

Your Pet Emergency Card

All you have to do is download the PDF document and print it on some thick paper, then cut it out and fold it. This will fit in your purse or wallet perfectly.

Importance of Packing Less – Pet Obesity

According to veterinarian, Dr. Ernie Ward, whose area of interest is obesity; dogs and cats are getting fatter.  Ward states, “his organization, The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, found that in 2013 about 53% of dogs and 58% of cats were overweight in our seventh annual veterinary survey. That equals almost 90 million pets at risk for developing serious weight related disorders such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, and cancer.”

Below are five important questions for a pet guardian to ask. 
1. Is my pet at risk for a medical problem due to weight?

This is a very serious question that will help you understand and plan for your pet’s future. Dogs and cats carrying extra fat are at a greater risk of developing debilitating diabetes, crippling arthritis, deadly high blood pressure and many forms of catastrophic cancer. You need to have a frank conversation with your veterinarian to find out if your pet is potentially facing one of these conditions. Preventing disease and maintaining a healthy weight and proper nutrition can often help. The most important decision you make each day about your pet’s health is what you choose to feed him. Choose wisely; your pet’s life depends on it. Click here to learn more about nutrition and obesity in pets.

2. Is my pet overweight?

This is the most important question to ask your veterinarian; unfortunately it’s a question that your veterinarian may not be eager to answer. Believe it or not, many veterinarians are simply afraid to tell you that your pet is too heavy. This is primarily due to the fact that your veterinarian doesn’t want to inadvertently offend you. Weight issues are tricky and loaded with perceived judgment, strong emotions, and social stigmas. All of this leads many veterinarians to remark, “Maybe Scooter could drop a few pounds, but who shouldn’t?” As a concerned pet guardian, you need to understand your pet’s weight is one of the most influential factors of longevity, quality of life, and disease prevention.

3. How many calories should I feed my pet each day?

We’ve got to be specific when it comes to feeding our pets. Don’t fall into the trap of inquiring, “How much should I feed?” You’ll probably get a generic, inaccurate response. You need precise numbers of calories. That way, regardless of the type, brand, or formulation of food you feed, you can determine how much to feed. This is a subtle, but incredibly significant difference.

Once your veterinarian does give you a number, memorize it. Find out how many cups or cans of your pet’s food it equals. Feed that amount. Don’t forget to include any treats in your daily caloric counts. Those tiny “calorie grenades” can swiftly sabotage the best dietary plans. Click here to learn more about nutrition in growing dogs.

4. How much weight should my pet lose in a month?

If your pet is like the majority of US dogs and cats, he’ll need to drop a few pounds. You need to ask how much weight your pet must shed and how long it will take to reach a healthy weight. I prefer to think in terms of pounds per month due to practicality and performance. Monthly weight checks are practical and reasonable for even the busiest pet parents. A weight loss plan’s performance is critical to track and monitor monthly trends and is an accurate indicator of success or stagnation.

In general terms, a dog can safely lose 1-3% of body weight and cats 0.5-2%. Many dogs can lose 3-5% and most cats should aim for about a half-pound per month.

Losing weight isn’t easy or fast for pets, especially cats. If you put your cat on a crash diet, he can develop serious medical conditions, including a life-threatening form of liver failure that can occur in less than 72 hours. Patience is essential with pet weight loss. Most of my canine patients will have a 3-6 month weight loss plan and cats, 9-12 months. Your veterinarian will probably formulate a step-weight-loss plan that will gradually decrease the amount you’re feeding over a 1-3 month period. This will help curtail cravings, begging and late-night pestering. Note I said “help,” not “eradicate.” There will be some unhappy pooches and purr babies when you institute a diet. Your veterinarian should provide you with tips on preventing these behaviors and transitioning to a new weight-loss diet.

5. What kinds of exercises are good for my pet?

Most veterinarians and pet parents focus on how long a pet should exercise each day. Instead, ask your veterinarian what types of activities are best based on your pet’s species, breed, age, gender, and current physical abilities. Walking, swimming, agility, chase, ball retrieving and remote controlled toys–the opportunities are limitless. The general recommendation is that dogs need at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day and cats should strive for three 5 minute intense play periods. Make your outings enjoyable, entertaining and interactive.

Don’t forget that cats can exercise too. Whether you play with a feather duster, move the food bowl or use a hip high tech toy, engage your cat’s inner predator and encourage him to pounce, leap, and prowl everyday.

Ward adds, “I’m a fan of the new generation of pet activity monitors. They’re a great tool to document how much your pet is walking or playing each day. Better yet, you can share these reports with your veterinarian to spot any deficiencies or ways to maximize training.”

Above information courtesy of Pet Health Network.


Changes to Pet Entry into UAE

We received the new UAE entry requirements from the UAE Ministry of Climate Change & Water (MOCCAE) for cats and dogs.

The new requirements commence on 18 October so we wanted to pass this information along to any travelers planning to relocate to Dubai with a pet.

Overview of the Key changes:

  • RNATT (from countries where required): Complete change from current requirements. Following sampling date, at least 12 weeks must pass prior to entering the UAE. Test valid for 12 months.
  • Introduction of a UAE specific Health Certificate
  • Extended banned breed list which includes Pit Bulls, Mastiff Dogs, Tosa, Rottweilers breed or hybrid, Doberman Pinshcers, Canario Prsa, Boxer, and any mixed breed of above dogs or their hybrid.


Bring Your Dog to Work Everyday

Everyday is ‘bring your dog to work day’ for employees at Crutchfield Corporation’s Charlottesville, Virginia headquarters. At electronics giant Crutchfield’s corporate headquarters, every day is a dog’s day because of the company’s unique way of making the workplace feel like home. Bringing your dog to work is the norm at Crutchfield. A “ruff” day at the office takes on a whole new meaning when your furry companion is right by your side. Bringing your dog to work is the norm at Crutchfield corporate headquarters. “We love our employees and we have, we do everything we can to make this a wonderful place to work,” says Owner and CEO Bill Crutchfield.

According to Entrepreneur magazine, businesses that allow dogs in the workplace appeal more to millennials who are looking for a fun and relaxed atmosphere to work, according to a study by SKOUT. Fifty-eight percent of workers under age 30 said that allowing dogs in the workplace makes it a “cool” place to work. Not only do dogs create a fun work environment, but the study also shows that 43 percent of those surveyed say that dogs make employees more productive.

Changes to Delta’s Live Animal Shipping Program

Today, Delta Airlines announced changes to its Live Animal shipping program. Effective October 1, 2016 there are significant changes being made to the Delta Cargo Variation Live Program. These changes include the following:

  • Snub-nosed breeds of cats and dogs (and mixes of those breeds) will no longer be accepted as cargo. Please note that our snub-nosed breed list has been updated.
  • Temperature restrictions will be in place only allowing acceptance between 10 F/-12 C and 85F/29 C for warm-blooded animals (a few exceptions apply). This eliminates the Summer Live Animal Program in the future.
  • Warm-blooded animals, including commercial shipments, will not be permitted on flights with an average flight duration of 12 hours or more.

Delta Cargo is focused on providing the safest and most effective transportation for your animals. This change is being implemented in an effort to reduce risk to live animals.

All Aboard Virgin Trains Paws + People

Virgin Trains offer some great opportunities for traveling and seeing the United Kingdom along with your pet. Hop aboard and let the journey begin to some great places such as London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, York, Inverness, and Harrogate. According to Virgin, “Up to two dogs, cats or other small domestic animals can jump, hop and bound on board without having to pay a penny. Good job really, they never carry cash.” However, Virgin adds, “For each additional pet, you’ll have to stick your paw in your pocket. It’s half the adult fare for the type of ticket you’ve got, up to a maximum of £5 for a single and £10 for a return.” If you’re traveling with an assistance dog and need help, you simply call their Assisted Travel team in advance at 03457 225 225 (lines open every day from 8am – 10pm). Virgin Trains welcomes assistance dogs, and well-behaved dogs, on leads to catch forty winks or chill out (with their owners) in our First Class Lounges. For more information visit the web site at the Virgin Website. Be sure to carry your pet’s proper paperwork, pet passport, and fulfill each destination’s pet travel requirements.

Changes Coming to EU Pet Travel Scheme

logo-city-of-londonMark your calendars. Changes to the pet travel scheme will come into effect on December 29, 2014. If you or your pet are traveling into England or parts of the EU it is important to adhere to these changes and make travel plans accordingly. According to government authorities, the changes are mainly designed to strengthen enforcement across the EU, increase levels of compliance and improve the security and traceability of the pet passport. One important change is that you must travel within 5 days of your pet’s movement. This means that pets MUST enter EU/UK within 5 days before or 5 days after the owners arrival in EU/UK.

A pet shipping colleague from Ireland points out that Ireland’s Department of Agriculture over treats non commercial dogs / cats / ferrets / traveling unaccompanied to be classed as commercial unless the owner travels to Ireland within 5 Days. The owner must prove they are traveling with a copy of a airline ticket or email confirmation from the airline. If the pets is coming from a breeder the animal may not enter Ireland without transiting through Frankfurt or London who have a BIP station (Border inspection post). If the commercial animal arrives into Ireland without transiting through one of the BIP stations it cannot enter Ireland. It won’t  be sent to quarantine but have to be sent back to one of the BIP stations and before it can be sent back to Ireland for entry. This potentially impacts airline options down to Lufthansa or British airways for commercial pets traveling to Ireland.

The main requirements of the scheme will stay the same according to . All dogs, cats and ferrets traveling with their pet guardian will still require:

  • microchipping
  • vaccination against rabies
  • a blood test 30 days after vaccination (if returning or traveling from an unlisted third country) • a pet passport issued by an authorized vet (or third country certificate issued by an official vet)
  •  a waiting period after primary vaccination and prior to travel: 21 days if traveling from another EU country or a listed third country
  • a waiting period following blood sampling: 3 months if traveling from for unlisted third countries • treatment against the EM tapeworm (dogs only)

The key changes affecting pet owners are outlined below:

1. A new pet passport – A new style pet passport will be introduced from 29 December 2014. However if you already have a passport for your pet you do not need to get a new one. Existing passports will remain valid for the lifetime of the pet (or until all the treatment spaces are filled). The new style passport will include laminated strips designed to cover those pages with the pet’s details, microchip information and each rabies vaccination entry.

2. The introduction of checks across the EU – If you travel with your pet in the EU you may be asked for your pet’s passport when entering other countries. This is because all EU countries are required to carry out some checks on pet movements within the EU. You must make sure that your pet is fully compliant with the rules of the EU pet travel scheme before you leave the UK. In particular, you must wait 21 days from the date of your pet’s primary rabies vaccination before you travel (the day of vaccination counts as day 0 not day 1). Your vet can advise you on this point. If you have a new style pet passport they will put a ‘valid from’ date in the primary vaccination entry; this will be the earliest date you can travel. All pets entering Britain on approved routes will continue to be checked by the carriers either prior to boarding (for rail or sea) or upon entry (air).

3. A new minimum age for rabies vaccination From 29 December 2014 – Your pet must be at least 12 weeks old before you can get it vaccinated against rabies for the purposes of pet travel. These rules will be the same across the EU and help pet checkers carry out compliance checks.

4. New rules for those traveling with more than five pets – If you have more than five pets and wish to travel with them within the EU and/or return to the UK (unless you are going to a show or competition) you will need to comply with additional rules.

These include:

• travelling from a registered premises

• using an authorised transporter and

• registering the movement on the TRACES system

If you are traveling from outside the EU you will also need to enter through a Border Inspection Post. Shows and competitions If you are travelling with more than five pets (aged over six months) and can present written evidence that they are registered to attend a show, competition or sporting event (or training for such an event) you do not need to comply with these extra rules and can continue to travel under the EU pet travel scheme. The evidence you provide will need to show at least the name of the event, together with the address and date(s) it is taking place.

5. Requirements for pets entering the UK/EU by air – If you are entering the UK (or another EU country) by air on a flight that began outside the EU it may not be possible for you to physically accompany your pet, for example because it is necessary for your pet to be carried in the hold of the aircraft or you are unable to travel on the same flight. In such cases you will need to sign a declaration confirming that you do not intend to sell or transfer ownership of your pet. You must travel within 5 days of your pet’s movement.

6. Clearer definition of cat, dog and ferret – The new EU Regulation specifically states that the only species of pet animal that can travel under the EU pet travel rules are:

  • Canis lupis familiaris – domestic dog
  • Felis silvestris catus – domestic cat
  • Mustela putorius furo – ferret

For a full overview of the planned changes please visit this link to the EU Pet Passport travel changes.

KLM from Cargo to Crew

KLM’s dedicated Lost & Found team at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is on a mission to reunite lost items as soon as possible with their legitimate owner. In this video, KLM highlights the important role and this video serves as a reminder of the capabilities which animals have in helping mankind. Historically, KLM plays a unique role in the evolution of the pet relocation and the live animal cargo shipping industry. Animal Transport – a separate department of AIR FRANCE KLM Cargo – is one of KLM’s specialties. KLM was the first airline ever to transport live animals. In 1924, a bull named Nico was flown from Rotterdam to Paris. Today according to company sources, KLM transports more than sixteen thousand dogs and cats around the world each year. Most often noted for their professionalism in safely reuniting precious cargo with their people, this video elevates the reunion process to an entirely new level.