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Dog Safe Landscaping

Now that we know what plants are toxic to our dogs, what is SAFE to plant in our yard? There are only two potential toxic native plants, and those are any species within the euphorbia (‘akoko) and wikstroemia (‘akia) genera.  Be sure to learn their scientific names since Hawaiian names can refer to other species within other genera.  Toxic native Hawaiian plants are pretty uncommon since most native species have lost their need for defense mechanisms against mammals. Looking for safe, durable landscaping?  Many of the native ferns are quite durable, as are ground covers like ‘ulei and pukiawe. Also mamaki....

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Flying Your Dog Inter-Island

Flying Inter-Island? Traveling inter-island in Hawaii with your pet requires a little extra legwork to ensure your flight is a happy experience for you and your pet. Since traveling requirements vary depending on the size of your dog, take a couple minutes to review your airlines’ pet requirements. If you are traveling inter-island with a pet, you need to reserve your flight at least 24 hours in advance as the airlines only allow a limited number of animals per flight. Consider your pet’s safety when flying. Will your dog or cat be able to withstand long delays (a couple to several hours in length) in a non-air-conditioned area? Aloha Air Cargo Call 48 hours in advance to reserve a flight. Last-minute bookings can also be accommodated on a space available basis. Honolulu, Oahu: 808-832-0566 Lihue, Kauai :808-274-3071 Kahului, Maui: 808-873-3556 Kailua-Kona, Hawaii: 808-326-1077 Hilo, Hawaii: 808-974-4141 http://www.alohaaircargo.com/pet-shipping/ Costs vary depending on weight and size of container.  Calculation estimates are provided on the website.  For example, for a medium-large dog (i.e.,...

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Flying Your Dog to Hawaii

Traveling With Pets Chapter 4-29 Hawaii Administrative Rules, governs the importation of dogs, cats and other carnivores into Hawaii. This law states that dogs and cats meeting specific pre- and post-arrival requirements may qualify for 5-day–or-less quarantine program, which has a provision for direct release at Honolulu International Airport after inspection. Specific information including the 5-day-or-less quarantine program can be found at: http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/ai/aqs/animal-quarantine-information-page/ Flying Your Dog From the Mainland to Hawaii Alaska Airlines implemented a new dog-friendly policy in 2011 for flights to Hawaii.  Please note, according to its website, “Due to strong headwinds at various times of year, Alaska Airlines limits the number of pets accepted as checked baggage on flights to or from Hawaii. This restriction does not apply to pets accepted for travel in the cabin.”  See their website for more details. Previously, Alaska Airlines’ policy did not allow dogs to fly to Hawaii. If you choose to travel with your dog in the cabin, he will be considered your carry-on item. The fee to travel with...

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Poisonous Foods and Plants Found in Hawaii

DISCLAIMER: This information is not meant to be a substitute for veterinary care nor should it be used as a diagnostic tool.  There is no substitute for direct, hands-on examination of your pet.  If you believe your dog has been poisoned, please call your veterinarian immediately even if your pet has already vomited.  Many toxins need to be flushed out of their system further, and the pet may require further care to prevent further possible complications such as seizures.  Also, keep the Poison Control number near your home phone or as a contact on your cell phone.  The ASPCA’s Poison Control Center phone number is 888-426-4435 (A $65 consultation fee may be applied to your credit card.)  They also now has a free mobile app for quick access to all their information and hotline 24 hours per day.   Common Poisonous Plants Found in Hawaii Know which plants are kapu (off limits) to your dog. People are often surprised to learn that there are actually hundreds of plants potentially poisonous...

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Hawaii Dog Blogs

Here’s a list of blogs that feature living in Hawaii with dogs: goldenkeikis.blogspot.com – A blog about the final 3 weeks of pregnancy of a Kohala golden retriever, Jalapeno, and the birth (7/31/13) and raising of her puppies. Flying/Moving Pets to Hawaii – Although older, this blog follows the entire process of a family moving from Portland, Oregon to Honolulu, Oahu.  Great info and photos to help anyone thinking of moving to Hawaii from the mainland.  Rules have changed since their move in 2009, so check my other section on moving for the most up-to-date information. Maui Dog Remedies – Dog training for island living. Dog trainer JT Clough’s goal is to add more value to your world by giving you tools and communication that you can immediately use to improve life with your dog, including whole food cooking for dogs and outdoor training. Hawaii Doggie Bakery – Baking it up local style on Oahu, this doggie bakery makes some ONO-licious dog treats and cakes that they sell at local...

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