The arrival of the summer has many families looking forward to the excitement that this year’s travel season holds. Whether the destination is a beach, the mountains, the big city, or something more exotic, more and more people are bringing their pets along for the ride. The growing acceptance and enjoyment of pets in our modern society makes traveling with pets easier than ever, but there are still plenty of precautions pet owners need to be aware of.
Before you hit the road or skies with your four-legged travelå buddy, check out our ideas for safe and harmonious travel with pets.
Traveling with Pets
Your pet is a part of your family, and it can be hard to imagine leaving them behind while everyone else goes off on an adventure. Not all pets are good candidates for travel companions, however, so take the following into consideration before booking that pet friendly suite:
- Is my pet’s personality and temperament suitable for the chaos and unpredictability of travel?
- Are all of our accommodations and pit stops along the way pet friendly?
- Will I have time to attend to all of my pet’s needs?
- Do I have pet-oriented activities planned?
- Will there be times where my pet will not be allowed to come along, and if so, what plans do I have for their care?
Get the Gear
Your pet may not need sunscreen and a swimsuit for their vacation, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to pack the right items to ensure their safety and comfort while away from home. Besides packing plenty of food and fresh water, and bowls to eat and drink from, be sure to bring your pet’s bedding, a few toys, any medication they are taking (plus extra, just in case), and their medical records. Don’t forget to include protective rain gear and a pet first aid kit.
Traveling with pets across state lines and to other countries requires a pet health certificate. Please contact Shelden Veterinary Care as soon as you know your destination, so we can help you get started on the necessary travel requirements.
A Few Reminders
Because accidents can happen, even to the most responsible and conscientious pet owner, we offer you the following safety reminders:
- Keep your pet’s collar with current ID tags on at all times. If your pet has not been microchipped, or the chip needs updating, attend to this prior to your departure.
- Never leave your pet alone in a parked car, even in the shade and with the windows cracked. Temperatures inside parked vehicles can soar to dangerous levels within minutes, putting pets at risk for serious organ damage or death.
- Don’t leave your pet tied to a tree or pole, as this could lead to entanglement, injury, or theft.
- Program the names and numbers of local emergency veterinary clinics at your destination to save time and stress, in the event your pet needs medical attention while on vacation.
Your Pet’s First Stop
Bringing your pet in for a pre-vacation wellness exam will ensure that they are healthy enough for travel, and up-to-date on the necessary vaccines and parasite preventives. If you need a health certificate, make sure to see us as soon as possible, so we can have it ready in time for the trip.
If you have any further questions or concerns regarding traveling with pets, please don’t hesitate to contact the team at Shelden Veterinary Care.