Hello from Dr. Amy, DMV, currently in fabulous Florida,
It’s a wonderful warm weather month here with cool nights and days reaching into the 80’s, and it is also the time most Canadian snowbirds return to Canada for the summer. Some of my Canadian friends are getting ready to head home to enjoy a beautiful woodland resort with log cabins in Canada, north of Minnesota.
Their Oscar is a white Shih Tzu who is a friendly dog and loves to visit the campers at the resort all summer long. He runs cabin to cabin visiting with the people a few minutes each day. Campers love his visits as much as he does!!
Before leaving for the long RV trip home his owners payed me a visit. Oscar had some allergies and I prescribed some antihistamines to reduce his sneezing. Here's a couple useful tips for traveling with your pet:
Go to your nearby vet for an exam and for any necessary medication refills before embarking on your trip.
It is a very good idea to have copies of your pet’s medical records with you - for a number of reasons.
In Oscar's honor here's a recipe for a beef casserole, perfect for cool woodland summer nights up north:Beef Casserole for Dogs
by Dr. Amy Cousino
2 T olive oil
1 lb ground beef, lean
1 medium tomato, skin removed, fine dice
1½ c beef gravy (made with homemade stock - no onions, garlic or seasonings)
Beef gravy: 3 T olive oil, 3 T flour - cook together for 2 minutes, add 1½ c
unseasoned beef stock or broth - cook until thickened
4 oz noodles (prior to cooking), cooked (do not add salt to the cooking water)
Sauté the beef in the oil until brown. In a buttered casserole combine the
beef, noodles, tomatoes, and gravy. Bake at 325 degrees 30 minutes
or until bubbly. Allow to cool before serving.
Serving Guide: toy ¼ c, small ½ c, medium 1 c, large 1½ c, giant 2 c
Happy travels - where ever they may take you!
Dr. Amy Cousino, DVM
Author, How to Cook for Your Pet
PS - You can find a pet food cookbook full of good and good for your pet recipes on my website...check it out!