Are you traveling with your pet this holiday season?
If so, there are important steps you should take to make sure that it is a smooth ride.
- The safest place on an airplane is in the cabin. If this is not possible and Fido must go in cargo, make sure you are prepared.
– Check with the airline well before your trip to find out if a health certificate is required. You will need to make an appointment with your veterinarian if it is. You can refer to the FDA for more information on travel requirements. http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/default.htm
– If you are worried that he might not be a great traveler your veterinarian can prescribe some medications to help. Test them out prior to the trip so you are present to watch for any potential reactions.
– Practice making sure she is comfortable going in to the carrier with lots of treat rewards.
– Make sure you find out what the temperature will be in cargo and DO NOT put your pet in there if it will be too hot or cold.
- For car rides, make sure he is confined. A loose pet in the car can be a hazard to both of you.
- Limit the amount of food and water she receives. A full tummy can be an upset tummy. It is best to feed her a meal 2-3 hours prior to the trip.
- Frequent potty and exercise stops are a must. You should also offer him water at these stops. Pack a nylon, collapsible bowl with you to use. We like to purchase products from the retail area at our local shelters such as the DDFL here in Denver, CO. http://www.ddfl.org/
- Carry all medical history with you at all times.
- It is critical that your pet is micro chipped in case of the worst case scenario happening. Make sure all of your information is current with the site you are registered with.