Important Tips for Vacationing
with Your Pet
Summer fun doesn’t always mean you have to leave your furry friend at home when you go on vacation. Here are a few important tips to keep your pet safe and happy if you decide to take your furry best friend on vacation with you this summer.
Plan Frequent Stops
Whether you’re driving a long distance or a shorter route, plan for frequent stops to give your pet a chance to stretch their legs, get a drink of water, and take a bathroom break. Frequent stops can help your dog better handle the stress of being in a confined space while traveling.
Pack a Pet Travel Kit
You pack items for yourself - so make sure you do the same for your pet. Consider everyday items your pet needs (e.g., medications, food, treats and grooming supplies, leash, collar, and bedding). Connections to familiar items, like a favorite toy, can help them make a smooth adjustment to a temporary home away from home.
Before you leave, make sure your pet is up to date on all vaccinations and is on a heartworm preventative medication.
It’s probably rare that you’ll need a veterinarian on vacation but have the name, address, and phone number of a trusted animal clinic at your final destination. This can be helpful if your pet unexpectedly falls ill or needs medical attention. Also, make sure you take a copy of your pet’s vet records.
It should go without saying…Never Leave Your Pet Alone in the Car! Hot summer days, cars, and pets can be a dangerous combination. It’s also important to make sure your pet is secured in a pet seat harness or crate for their protection and yours.
Pets can get loose and run away. It’s recommended you have your pet microchipped and wear a collar with their name, proof of vaccinations, and your home phone number. These items offer the best opportunity for a safe return. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
More Helpful Travel Tips
If your travel plans don’t include your pet, make sure you call ahead to schedule their boarding reservations at AVAC. We’ll make sure their stay is safe, fun, and relaxing. You can also include playtime and grooming services, assuring your pet is looking their best when you come home.
Have a great summer!
Julie Grimes, DVM
Melissa Miller, DVM
Sarah Foster, DVM