Weather is always a concern for pet parents, but especially so when traveling with pets. Whether it’s a car trip, camping, or flying the friendly skies, pet parents can have an easier time with Fido when the uncertainty of weather conditions and other associated factors is eased.
Well, The Weather Channel offers an online tool: Pet Cast. Pet Parents can register a pet and log in other demographic factors, such as size, length of fur, etc., and the site will record this information. When it’s time for a trip, visit weather.com and click on Lifestyle, then “Pet Planner” (or from Yahoo! Weather, go directly to “Pet Planner”) and follow the link to “petcast.”
Double check your pet’s name appears (especially if there’s more than one potential traveler) and type in the ZIP code of your destination to receive a “Petcast.” The “Petcast for Kae” was tremendously helpful on a recent trip with our 14-year-old German Shepherd as storms raced up the Eastern seaboard. (Kae tends to register her discontent if she doesn’t have her morning walk!)
The information available beyond the actual weather forecast is abundant, ranging from a Park Locator to walk Fido, to a Comfort Index, which assesses how the weather is going to affect canines in the next week. According to weather.com,
With a 0-5 scale [of paws], the Comfort Index “estimates how comfortable your dog will be outdoors in forecasted weather conditions. This may influence whether [pet parents] leave [their] dog outside or opt to bring her / him indoors.”
The scale works as follows:
- 4-5 paws: Most comfortable
- 2-3 paws: Moderately Comfortable
- 0-1 paws: Uncomfortable
With Northern California’s thermometer predicted at “red” for the next week, the Comfort Index reads: One Paw …
With this information also comes a suggestion for best times of day for a walk. There’s also a link to Hourly Forecast, in case inclement weather is predicted, so pet parents can estimate how long they should walk. And this being bug season everywhere and cicada season in the Northeast, the site also offers times for low mosquito activity and for the sensitive types, low thunder activity.
For people who might not know an area, the site offers a link to “Pet Friendly Events,” just in case you happen to be visiting an area hosting its Pet Parade or Dog Jog and you and Pooch happen to be in good enough shape to participate.
The site also contains a box of links that appears for all site visitors. Useful information for anyone:
- Dog Care Clinic: Visit often for the Daily Tip! Whether it’s the flea activity calculator or the reminder to administer heartworm prevention medication, the “tip” is helpful for all pet parents.
- Dog Walking Calculator: just how many calories do you and Fido burn on your jaunts?
- Pet Events: nationwide, again, just input a ZIP code to zero in on your places of interest to find benefit events, races, shows, and more!
- Pet Weather Maps: link takes you to a national map for the forecast; get up-to-the minute information!
- Pet slideshows: funny pets, seasonal pets, send yours!
For some travel tips, consult some helpful links at the bottom of the page. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) for animal health care advice on managing storm-sensitive and thunder-phobic animals.
See www.healthypet.com also when traveling to find an AAHA-accredited veterinary hospital near you.
Merlin: Adopt this kitty!
Pet Events: Find events nationwide; again, just input a ZIP code to zero in on your places of interest to find pet-friendly benefit events, races, shows, and more!
Andre: Adopt this kitty at Front Street City Shelter
Pet Weather Maps: Follow the link and you will be taken to a national map for a weekly forecast; get up-to-the minute information to plan your travels!
Ricardo: Adopt this handsome pup at Front Street City Shelter
Dog Care Clinic: Visit often for The Daily Tip! Whether it’s the flea activity calculator or the reminder to administer heartworm prevention medication, the “tip” is helpful for all pet parents. You never know what you can learn …
These pups are growing! Adopt them SOON at Front Street City Shelter
Pet slideshows: Yes, the site is interactive! Check out the pix of funny pets, seasonal pets, cute pets, and of course, share: send yours! Maybe you will be chosen Pet of the Day!
Tinkerbelle: Adopt this kitty at Front Street City Shelter
Pet Walking Calculator: Just how many calories do you and Fido burn on your jaunts? Ever walk your cat? Many pet parents buy open-walled carriers and place them in baby buggies or wagons and take Kitty for a spin!