4 Ways To Help Your Dog Be Happier Travelling

How To Help Your Dog Travel Happier In The Car



If you have a car and a dog, chances are you will either need or want to take your dog out in the car with you. This could be to go for walks, to go to the vets, taking your dog to work with you. Or seeing friends and family or even taking your dog on holiday. But for some dogs travelling can be very stressful. This can mean you have to change your plans, and you may get stressed yourself. As the last thing you want to do as a loving dog owner is create stress for your dog.

How will you know if your dog finds travelling stressful?


There can be several signs including:

  • Not wanting to get into the car
  • Panting or drooling
  • Being sick
  • Barking or whining

There can be other signs too. So what can you do to help your dog? The good news is that there are a range of ways to help.

Here are 4 ways to help your dog to be happier travelling:


  1. Consider how your dog travels. Does he or she go into the luggage compartment (boot) of your car? Or does he or she sit on the car seats? How are they restrained? Are they in a cage? If they are is it tailor made for your car and is it the right size for your dog? Whatever they sit in or on, is it comfortable? Some dogs prefer to 'nest' and like lots of blankets. A cheap duvet can be a great inexpensive item for your dog to sit on. Despite best efforts, car travel can be bumpy and some dogs dislike getting jolted about. So think about how they are travelling and if it could be more comfortable. Read this Natural Pet Health Blog post on travel safe tips for your dog.
  2. How does your dog get in and out of the car? For some dogs getting in and out can be stressful and even painful. Often there is some kind of jump up required. This can be difficult if your dog has any kind of arthritis, joint problem or other health condition. So the number one tip is to get your dog checked by your veterinary surgeon. To help ensure your dog has any ailments diagnosed and treatment organised. Also you could buy either a ramp for your dog to get in and out of the car easily, or one of my favourite items for my dog when he had arthritis was a special dog sling that supported his hind end so he could get in the car easily. If it is difficult due to your dog's mobility, then there are a range of complementary therapies you can use to help. Check out these other Natural Pet Health blog posts for some ideas.


  1. Give your dog variety. For some dogs they may get bored going to the same place every time. They may not even like where they are going to (definitely can be the case if they only go to the vets when they have a car trip!). Research (Svendsen, 2019) suggests that boredom isn't restricted to humans, and animals can get bored. Or in contrast, your dog may get scared of the unknown of where he or she is going. Bach Flower Remedies are a complementary therapy that can be useful for a range of emotions. So whatever emotion your dog feels due to travelling, then a Bach Flower Remedy could help. Read more at my Bach Flower Remedies for Animals advice page here.
  2. Linking to point 1, if your dog finds car travelling nauseous and is sick. Then what can you do to help? There's several complementary therapies that can be useful for your dog, including:
    • Herbal health - Ginger biscuits are a top and inexpensive tip! Ginger is an excellent herb for digestive issues, and a few titbits of ginger biscuits can be useful to try. This can be better than giving your dog food or an ordinary dog treat before travelling. Which can be too much for a dog who gets car sick. V
    • Homeopathy - Veterinary homeopathy can also help with several remedies able to help. You can get advice from a veterinary surgeon who has specialised in homeopathy. There are many around the world. Please email info at taranet.co.uk if you'd like help finding one near you.
    • Zoopharmacognosy - there are many essential oils that can make a big difference to your dog. Read more at this Taranet advice page.

Other complementary therapies to help your dog travelling?



There's a range of ways to help your dog feel happier and less stressed travelling. Many energy therapies can be worth trying. These include Reiki, Crystal Healing, Radionics. Explore the Taranet Directory for information on lots of therapies.

You could also consider Animal Communication as way to understand why your dog finds travelling difficult. Check out these insights from leading international animal communicator Annie Bourke - with this guest blog post here and my podcast interview with Annie below




Finally….Please remember that if your horse, dog or other animal is unwell. Or on any kind of medication or other supplement. Then always speak to your Veterinary Surgeon first before using any supplement or therapy. Even natural ones. To avoid any possible issues.


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Love These Reasons To Change Your Cat's Diet Away From Processed Food

Why Feed Your Cat A Raw Meaty Bones Diet?


The following is an excerpt from The Pet Food Con, written by veterinarian Dr Tom Lonsdale and reprinted with permission.

Your furry feline is a direct descendant of the wild cats roaming the deserts and oases of North Africa and the Highlands of Scotland.

For optimum health your pet needs a diet of whole carcasses of other animals, fish, birds and insects. Fortunately, the pragmatic, available, affordable option – raw meaty bones – comes to the rescue. Pet ferrets, descendants of European polecats, can be fed a raw meaty bones diet too.

60% of cats are considered to be overweight or obese


Obesity is a prevalent health issue among cats, with an estimated 60% of cats in the United States considered to be overweight or obese, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP). This number has been steadily increasing in recent years, and it’s expected that this trend will continue.

Obesity in cats can lead to a number of health problems, such as diabetes, joint issues, and decreased life expectancy. It’s important for cat owners to monitor their cat’s weight and provide them with a healthy raw meaty bones-based diet. Feeding junk food, especially kibble made available 24 hrs, and lack of physical activity are the main factors that contribute to feline obesity.

85% of cats have some form of dental disease


Dental disease, including periodontal disease, is a common health issue among cats, with an estimated 70-85% of cats over the age of three having some form of dental disease. According to the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) dental disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in cats. Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support the teeth, and if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss and damage to other parts of the body, such as the heart and kidneys.

This is a serious concern. If your cat has been fed commercial products, whether cooked or raw, it’s likely affected by gum disease. A raw meaty bones diet prevents the condition. However, before commencing a raw meaty bones diet, it may be beneficial to have a prior dental examination and treatment.

Starting Cats On A Raw Meaty Bones Diet

Kittens and some adult cats instinctively recognise wholesome natural food the first time it’s offered to them. Unfortunately, the great majority of adult cats when first started on a raw meaty bones diet tend to be less than enthusiastic and need some coaxing.

Making the change can be a tricky business and we need to get a good grasp of the task at hand. Do you rattle the packet before pouring the fishy pellets into a bowl? What do you say to Kitty as she comes running? Maybe your feline seldom stirs except to nibble on the kibble sitting in the bowl 24 hours per day? Maybe the furry feline entwined round your legs signals the need for you to open the refrigerator and, with a tap on the tin, serve up the pungent canned food.

Feeding rituals differ, but timing, taste, texture, sight, sound and smell all play a part. Kitty is quite likely addicted to these powerful stimuli and you, as the carer, have likely grown accustomed to the ways that worked best for you.

You have literally fed the addiction.

Now imagine the future with your lithe feline crouched low as she tucks into chicken necks, quail and whole raw fish. That’s the successful end point.

If your cat is young and healthy you can start making the change.

However, if your cat is overweight, suffers from dental or other medical problems, then you will likely first need to consult your vet before you embark on the diet changes. (Fat cats should not be starved, as it can lead to liver failure.)

Useful Change Techniques

Work with your cat, not with her addiction. Stopping 24-hour access to food is the essential first step. Instead, start a once-a-day routine at, say, 6 pm. Kitty’s biological clock will soon synchronise, and her anatomy, physiology and behaviour will all line up, on time, in the kitchen. (Remember Pavlov’s dogs with the ‘conditioned reflex’? They salivated to order at the sound of a bell.)

Once the new routine is established, the switch to natural food can get under way.There are several ‘tricks’ either singly or in combination that should help.

Hungry cats are always more willing to sniff, lick and ultimately eat new foods. So, reduce the amount of commercial canned or dry food offered. (Do not fast or starve your cat for more than 24 hours.)

Settle on one meat, for instance chicken, that you wish your cat to become accustomed to.

Taste and texture of raw meat are the two things you need your cat to accept. (Gnawing on bones comes later.) So, chop a few strips of chicken meat and cover with commercial food in a bowl.

Over successive days feed less commercial food and more raw meat.

When raw meat is accepted, try increasing the size of the pieces until chicken necks and wings replace the chopped chicken.

Other tricks involve slightly searing the meat in a pan or under the grill. You can try mixing canned fish juices with the meat or dusting it with powdered kibble.
Slitting the skin and making deep cuts into the meat of chicken wings or drumsticks and stuffing canned food inside may tempt your finicky feline.

You can try tying a chicken wing on a string and playing a game of pounce and catch.

If you own several cats they can compete with and learn from each other.

Perseverance pays and ten days is usually sufficient time to switch the diet of a difficult cat. It’s best to let your cat become an accomplished chicken eater before introducing quail, rabbit, fish, day-old chicks or similar food items to the diet.

A further round of patience and trickery may then be needed.

Get more information online at Dr Tom Lonsdale's website https://www.thepetfoodcon.com/raw-meaty-bones-diet-for-cats/

About The Author

A leader in his field, ‘whistleblower’ veterinarian Dr Tom Lonsdale has been campaigning tirelessly for over 30 years to hold pet food companies accountable for their actions and to raise awareness about the importance of feeding pets high-quality, healthy raw meaty bones.

How To Transform Your Dog's Diet Away From Processed Food

Discover These Reasons Why Your Dog Needs A Raw Meaty Bones Diet



The following is an excerpt from The Pet Food Con, written by veterinarian Dr Tom Lonsdale and reprinted with permission.


Switching From Kibble Or Canned Food And Its Benefits for Your Dog


Congratulations. You are about to embark on a wonderful voyage of discovery. Switching your pets’ diet from industrial food to wholesome, raw, natural food akin to the diet of wild animals will bring innumerable benefits for you and your pets.

Unlearn conventional dogma. Initially you may be feeling a bit apprehensive and wanting a smooth transition. How, then, to make the process as easy and enjoyable as possible? Perhaps the best advice I can give you is to make strenuous efforts to ‘unlearn’ the beliefs and assumptions you’ve depended on these past years — or at the very least, keep your beliefs and assumptions in suspense until you’ve experienced the multiple benefits of a natural diet.

When I first made the transition to feeding my own animals a natural diet and recommending a natural diet for my clients’ animals I was wracked with conflicting beliefs and ideas. At the vet school I’d been conditioned (brainwashed) to believe that pets were best fed industrial food formulated by so-called experts in white coats. The supermarket shelves were packed with products that must be good for animals — otherwise they would not be there — I thought. And after five years at vet school and several years in vet practice I rather thought I was in a key position to diagnose and treat pets. Vet text books, vet associations and veterinary regulatory authorities all reinforced these attitudes and assumptions.

By even contemplating rejection of the industrial offerings and acceptance of raw food set up all sorts of internal conflicts and contradictions. Fear (False Expectations Appearing Real) set in. I was concerned lest my recommendations led to pets choking, suffering serious metabolic disease or bacterial infection. By going against conventional wisdom I was risking the ire of clients, colleagues and maybe even risking disciplinary action.

Building a new paradigm about nutrition, health and disease is a bit like building a new house. First clear the rubbish, level the ground and lay firm foundations. We want our house to stand the test of time without cracks opening up revealing poor construction on shaky ground. Same with our new way of seeing our pets, their nutritional and health needs. Make sure to avoid rubbishy old ways of thinking and unsound foundations.

Getting Started
In an ideal world puppies and kittens would be first introduced to large pieces of natural food whilst still in the nest. They gain the skills to tackle tough chewy food and learn to eat communally. It’s a fun time for the animals as they tug and compete for food.

Getting started with a new puppy or kitten when it’s already eating junk food poses a problem. Do you introduce changes gradually or switch the diet abruptly? I recommend that, if possible, you make a complete change without any lead-up. Simply stop the old diet and start the new. At first it’s best to choose and stick with one food type until the changeover has been completed successfully. Whole chickens or chicken backs and frames make a good initial meal for all sizes cats and dogs.

Simply throw the items on the ground and watch your pet sniff, lick and finally seize the morsels. You may feel the urge to hover for the first few feeding sessions. Try to hover at a distance and so avoid crowding your pet. After about a week feeding chicken or other chosen food and providing there are no digestive upsets, you can introduce a variety of other large raw meaty bones and carcasses.

Allow a week or so to introduce each new food item before moving on to the next.

Get more information online at Dr Tom Lonsdale's website https://www.thepetfoodcon.com/why-a-raw-meaty-bones-diet/

About The Author

A leader in his field, ‘whistleblower’ veterinarian Dr Tom Lonsdale has been campaigning tirelessly for over 30 years to hold pet food companies accountable for their actions and to raise awareness about the importance of feeding pets high-quality, healthy raw meaty bones.

Love Aniseed To Help Your Horse's Health Naturally

How Aniseed Can Be Helpful For Your Horse's Natural Healthcare



What is Aniseed?


Anise is a herb from the parsley family, and is native to Egypt and the eastern Mediterranean region. However, it also grows in other parts of the world, such as areas in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

It contains several properties including: acetophenone, anethole, anise alcohol, estragole, limonene, p-anisaldehyde, and pinene.

Why Use Aniseed With Your Horse?



Aniseed Powder is often fed to horses for several reasons, including to help:

  • Support the respiratory system - for instance to alleviate coughs and sinus issues
  • Support the digestive systems
  • With lactation
  • Encourage fussy eaters - as it has a sweet smell which some horses enjoy (see the linked research by Perry and Fenton and Francis et al, listed below which both looked at this fact)


Research relating to Anise and Animals



Safety and efficacy of feed additives obtained from the fruit of Pimpinella anisum L.: anise oil for use in poultry and horses and anise tincture for use in poultry, dogs, cats and horses (FEFANA asbl) - - 2023 - EFSA Journal - Wiley Online Library https://efsa.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.2903/j.efsa.2023.7976

E. Perry, J. Fenton,  An assessment of olfactory influence on equine feeding preferences, Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, Volume 100, 2021,103508, ISSN 0737-0806,https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jevs.2021.103508.(https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0737080621001386)

Jesse M. Francis, Caitlin R. Neander, Mikelle J. Roeder, Erin B. Perry,
The Influence of Topically Applied Oil–Based Palatants on Eating Behavior in Horses,
Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, Volume 91, 2020

The effect of anise seed powder (Pimpinella animus) on performance, nutrient digestibility and infectious microbes on suckling calf intestine
Journal of Veterinary Research 2016 Vol 71 No.1

Is It Safe To Feed Aniseed To Your Horse?



As with any herb OR actually any food or supplement, consider if your horse will actually benefit from it. Moderation can be key for any food or supplement, it is possible to use too much of something - even if it's a natural product.

If you're unsure, do speak to your veterinary surgeon or a specialist equestrian nutritionist for advice.

There are many veterinarians who specialise in holistic health, so if your vet is unsure, it maybe worth speaking to a specialist holistic equine veterinarian for advice.

Where Can You Buy Aniseed For Your Horse?


Many health supplements contain some aniseed. But for best results of it, buy either the straight herb or tincture. Or a product where it is one of the main ingredients. For instance specialist equine health companies like Horse Health and Equus Health both supply aniseed. With it as a main (or sole) ingredient.


Like help finding a veterinary surgeon or therapist for your animal?

Please email me at info at taranet . co. uk

Please remember that if your horse, dog or other animal is unwell. Or on any kind of medication or other supplement. Then always speak to your Veterinary Surgeon first before using any supplement or therapy. Even natural ones. To avoid any possible issues.

And do you know someone who'd find this helpful? Please share, the more we can spread awareness of the benefits of natural therapies the better! :)

Find out more about other natural animal therapies here at Taranet. Or read other articles in this Natural Pet Health Blog. Take a look at the sitemap here to explore!

Exciting News About This Natural Pet HealthCare Blog
It's been selected by Feedspot as one of the Top 10 UK Animal Blogs on the web. Check out this here

About the Author
Suzanne Harris is an equestrian and canine entrepreneurial coach and consultant to veterinarians who want to help prevent animals being affected by domestic abuse.

How To Use Natural Therapies To Help Prevent Mud Fever in Your Horse

Love These 5 Brilliant Mud Fever Prevention Tips For Your Horse


What is mud fever?


If you have a horse, pony or donkey then mud fever is an ailment you have probably heard of. But what is it? As I talk about on my holistic mud fever tips page here, it is a skin condition. And is a condition that doesn't only always happen in wet muddy conditions.

How to know if your horse has mud fever?


If your equine has any kind of soreness or skin irritation on his or her legs, do speak to your vet. There are many different skin ailments, which can look similar. So getting a professional diagnosis is essential. Then the most appropriate treatment plan can be decided upon.

So if your horse has mud fever, here are 5 top holistic tips to help


1 Firstly, prevention is key. Try and ensure the conditions in which your horse is kept are the best possible. Although of course do remember, it doesn't matter how careful you are - sometimes your horse will still get it, so don't be too hard on yourself as a loving horse owner!

But if there is the opportunity to ensure your horse isn't having to go through lots of mud or stand in wet conditions, then that can be very helpful. You can find other management tips at my mud fever tips page here.

2 Veterinary homeopathy can be a great natural way to help treat mud fever. Speak to your veterinarian for advice. If they aren't aware or don't specialise in veterinary homeopathy, then you can find many specialist qualified veterinary homeopaths around the world. Find members of the British Association of Veterinary Homeopaths online at https://bahvs.net

3 Laser Therapy has had many great results with skin conditions with a variety of animals. The Veterinary Practice website states: "Photobiomodulation therapy has the potential to make a significant impact on the overall prognosis and outcome of veterinary patients treated for acute traumatic injuries, yet it is commonly overlooked".

There are veterinarians and veterinary nurses who've completed training in laser therapy. So ask at your practice if they offer this, or you may find a qualified veterinary professional near you.

4 Supplements - the importance of having a healthy immune system cannot be overestimated. When the immune system is compromised then illness is more likely to manifest. Although it cannot eliminate ill-health, it's sensible to do your best for your horse to be as healthy as possible (and same goes too for you or any of your other pets!). So is your horse's diet giving the most nutrition as possible?

Supplementation can be useful to help promote a healthy immune system. There are many you can buy that only contain natural ingredients. Aloe vera, rosehips , seaweed and echinacea are just four of dozens that can be useful.

Find out more information in my immune health for animals advice page here

5 Herbal medicine is vast. There are dozens if not hundreds and hundreds of different herbs that can be used for your horse's health. Many can be helpful for skin health. This includes aloe vera, seabuckthorn, plus lots more.

Your veterinary surgeon can help advice on what may work best. It maybe your horse has the herbs as a skin preparation you apply to the skin. Or as a supplement, to help 'from the inside out'. Or both.

Get more information on herbal medicine for animal health in my advice page here.


Finally….Please remember that if your horse, dog or other animal is unwell. Or on any kind of medication or other supplement. Then always speak to your Veterinary Surgeon first before using any supplement or therapy. Even natural ones. To avoid any possible issues.

And do you know someone who'd find this helpful? Please share, the more we can spread awareness of the benefits of natural therapies the better! :)

Find out more about other natural animal therapies here at Taranet. Or read other articles in this Natural Pet Health Blog. Take a look at the sitemap here to explore!

Exciting News About This Natural Pet HealthCare Blog
It's been selected by Feedspot as one of the Top 10 UK Animal Blogs on the web. Check out this here

About the Author
Suzanne Harris is an equestrian and canine entrepreneurial coach and consultant to veterinarians who want to help prevent animals being affected by domestic abuse.