Posted on 11-16-2016
TIPS FOR HOLIDAY TRAVEL WITH YOUR PET
Thanksgiving is here and right around the corner are Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa & New Years!
It is time to get out, visit friends and family, and soak up that holiday cheer!
What better way to celebrate than a ROAD TRIP!
If you are planning on taking your dog (or your cat) along for the ride there are some things that you need to consider before heading out onto the black ribbon of highway.
~ If you have not traveled by car with your dog or cat and plan on a long car ride, prepare everyone by taking shorter trips beforehand.
~ Feed your pet a small meal before a trip about 1/3 of his normal meal. The last thing you want to be doing is cleaning up after your sick animal on the side of the road.
~ Travel with fresh water for your pet to drink.
~ Pack a copy of your pet's heath records and be sure to include a copy of their vaccinations, especially their rabies vaccination certificate. Include a recent photo and physical description.
~ Travel with a leash and use it. Even if your dog is off leash trained, you never know how they will react in a strange situation.
~ Add a tag to your pet's collar that includes a telephone number of where you can be reached if you and your pet are separated.
~ Never sedate your pet during travel unless your veterinarian recommends it. Some medication can trigger respiratory, equilibrium, cardiovascular or temperature regulation problems.
~ Check with airlines, hotels and campgrounds regarding any animal restrictions or requirements that may apply.
~ If you are going to be located someplace new for a period of time, consider contacting a local veterinary clinic to find out their hours of operation, if they are seeing new pets, and how they handle emergencies. Searching for an open vet in an unfamiliar area is the last thing you want to be doing when you have an emergency.
~ Most importantly, if you have any questions about traveling with your furry friend contact us!!
Catawba Veterinary Hosiptal, Inc.
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