Monday, July 1, 2013

Vacations With Pets

The United States has become more pet friendly over the years.  In Europe, people take their pets everywhere.  Here we are a little more uptight. But if you do travel with your pet here are some tips to keep in mind:
  • Identification is a must.  Microchip, tags, written (and current) phone numbers  with a marker on the pet's collar.
  • Portable water on hand at all times. (You never know when a tire will go flat)
  • Extra food.  (Changing a pet's food can cause stomach upset.)
  • Your pet's favorite blanket or pillow will help comfort them.
  • Keep an envelope with your pet's current, up-to-date vaccinations and health history.  Keep a picture of your pet in the envelope.  Take extra medications if your pet needs regular meds.
  • Plan ahead.  Find out the name and location of the emergency veterinarian in the area where you are vacationing.
  • ALWAYS keep your pet on a leash or in a carrier while traveling.  Use a seat belt restraint made for pets while traveling.
  • Take poop bags or disposable litter pans.
  • If you have a short haired, light colored dog, it will probably need sunscreen if outdoors a lot. 
  • Have fun and take lots of pictures!

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