After months (and in some cases years), people are finally traveling for that long-awaited vacation. Whether it's to the beach, mountains, or overseas, travel is up significantly over the past three years. According to the TSA, air travel alone is close to pre-pandemic levels from 2019.
As you make your travel plans, we thought it would be helpful to re-post a blog from June 2019 titled: Important Tips for Vacationing with Your Pet. If you are planning to take your pet(s) along for the ride, this blog provides good information to make travel less stressful and safer. If your plans don't include a furry friend or two, our luxury suites, kennels, and cat condos may just be the answer for your pet's relaxing and safe staycation. Call (205) 967-7383 to book your pet's stay. Spaces fill up fast during the summer, so call today!
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
For more helpful tips to make your pet’s travel safe and enjoyable, visit the American Kennel Club website.
Boarding Your Pet At AVAC
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. Our suites include a TV and webcam for your video monitoring. You can also include playtime and grooming services, assuring your pet looks their best when you come home. Call (205) 967-7383 to book their stay.
Have a great summer!
Julie Grimes, DVM