Summer Fun: Traveling With Your Pets
Traveling with your pets is a great way to spend your summer vacation – after all, your four-legged friends deserve to spend some of your much-needed downtime with you. After all, he or she works hard guarding the house, waiting by the door, and cleaning up spilled food while you work all day.
But traveling with pets does require a bit of planning and a few special considerations. So before you hit the road with your faithful companion, we hope you will consider the following tips and make your summer adventure a pet-friendly getaway for all involved.
You buckle-up for safety, so why shouldn’t your pet? Restraining your pet while traveling not only reduces the odds of their behavior causing an accident, but also protects them from injury or escape if an accident does occur.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to which pet restraint system is best for your pet. The type of pet and vehicle you have will ultimately dictate which type of system is best for you, making research vitally important when selecting a style and brand. Don’t just take the website or salesperson’s word for which brand is best – and don’t take it for granted that a crate is the best option, either. When in doubt, give us a call for advice on this important decision. We want your pet to be safe, and you to be confident in the choice you make.
In addition to planning for your pet’s travel safety, you’ll also want to consider his or her overall safety while you’re away from home. Before you go, we strongly advise that you do the following:
We also recommend finding a veterinarian at your final destination (and possibly one or two along the way) to have in your emergency-plan arsenal before you go. Knowing who to call in an emergency, especially when you’re in an unfamiliar place, can only help make the situation smoother for all involved.
Packing For Your Pet
While you certainly don’t need to pack a lot for your pet’s vacation, there are a few essentials (and comforts of home) that should be in your pet’s travel kit, including:
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Finally, keep in mind that this is your pet’s vacation, too. This means that you’ll need to plan for your pet to have fun too, in addition to you and your family. This shouldn’t be too hard, as long as you’re not envisioning your days spend shopping and at no-dogs-allowed attractions. (And if you are, you may want to consider checking your pet into our boarding service, instead).
Here are a few tips for making your vacation a little more pet friendly:
We know there’s a lot to consider when traveling with your pets, so please let us know if you have any other questions or concerns. Also, if you need to have your pet microchipped, brought current on vaccinations and preventatives, or if you need copies of your pet’s records, please give us a call – we’re happy to help however we can.
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