TRAVELING WITH YOUR PET
HOT WEATHER AND OTHER TRAVEL TIPS
Summer vacation plans are in the works. Here are some important things to think about before vacationing with your pet:
- IDENTENTIFICATION FOR YOUR PET.
- WHERE ARE YOU GOING?
- HOW ARE YOU TRAVELING?
- BEAT THE HEAT
- SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS:
Place identification, license and rabies tags on your pet’s collar. Consider having a Microchip placed as a permanent means of identification. Collars need to be of the buckle type and fitted properly. Please ask us if you have any questions. Fill out a form for emergency contacts and keep it in your glove box or attached to your pet’s crate in the event of an accident.
Traveling out of state or out of the country – bring a rabies vaccination certificate. You may also be required to show a health certificate, so be prepared. Visit the international travel link at Pets Welcome for a more detailed list of countries and requirements.
If you are going to an area where your pet may be exposed to internal or external parasites (worms, ticks, fleas) that are not a local threat, we may be able to prescribe preventative products.
By Car : Be sure to bring along favorite toys, food and dishes. Stop regularly at rest stops for fresh water, exercise and potty breaks. Know in advance which hotels motels are “pet friendly”; a travel agent or auto club will be able to supply a list. Don’t let your pet ride with his or her head out the window… dirt can enter the eyes, ears, and nose and cause injury or infections. It is best to keep your pet safe with a restraining device while driving. Use a crate or harness specifically designed for car restraint.
Never leave your pet in the car in hot weather: In just a few minutes, temperatures inside a car can soar to 120° F on a warm, sunny day and to 150° F or above on a hot day.
By Air: Check with the airline about their regulations and services. Label the crate with your name, address, and phone numbers. If your pet is traveling in cargo, ask whether other cargo on the flight may be dangerous (fumes from dry ice can be lethal); select early morning or late evening flights during warm weather to avoid overheating. Please do not even consider sedating your pet without seeing our doctors for an exam and consultation first. Avoid feeding your pet on the morning of the flight and offer a small amount of milk to stimulate a bowel movement. Plan ahead to allow your pet at least 10 minutes of exercise and a final chance to eliminate before placing him into his crate. At large airports this means stopping well before you reach the terminal because there may be no area designated for pet exercise near the gate.
Pets will stay cooler with a short summer haircut. Walk your dog in the coolest hours of the morning and evening. Check the pavement heat… if it’s too hot for you to go barefoot, it can damage and blister the pads on your dog’s feet.
Take along a clean terrycloth towel, roll of paper towels, bottled water, and gallon-size zip lock bags. Should your pet eliminate in the crate, especially during a flight, these will allow you to clean up the pet and make the ride home from the airport more pleasant.
Plan for your pet’s vacation needs now, while you are making your travel arrangements. Be sure vaccinations are up to date. Schedule a wellness exam; we can provide you with a health certificate and vaccination certificates at that time. You are welcome to call us or come in to discuss any issues or concerns. Then relax and have a good time!
Information on Cat and Dog health papers that are required when traveling.