Make A Plan When Traveling With Animals

With the summer coming, there will be vacation time, And people love to bring their families, including their pets. There are a number of things that people can do with their pets to make sure that when they travel, they are comfortable and more importantly, safe.

If you do not have your pet in the car when driving, take a test drive with them. Some pets may get motion sickness and bad anxiety when riding in a car. Dogs like to stick their heads out the window to feel that breeze, but cats are better off being securely placed in a pet carrier. If your pet isn’t comfortable, contact one of the Bregman Vet doctors and they can help you with making sure your pet is calm.

Also, try not to feed your pet a big meal before a long trip. Doing that with people sometimes works as it makes them full and sleepy. But with pets, it doesn’t always work that way. Let them eat a little before you leave and save the food for the end of the trip. They will be looking forward to eating, especially after being couped up in a car for hours.

Like children, pets need to go to the bathroom. Make sure that when you stop to go to the bathroom, that you take your pet out as well. You don’t need accidents to happen in your car because it could be unpleasant for the rest of the passengers.

Some families don’t like the long drives, so they decide to fly to their destination. When it comes to air travel, check with the airlines about their requirements when it comes to pets. Airlines typically require a certificate from the veterinarian that the pet is healthy and is up to date on vaccinations ( 

Finally, if your pet needs medications, bring enough to last a few days just in case you get caught in an extended stay situation. If you think you may run out before you are due to return home, get your pets medication refilled before you leave.

Have questions about traveling with pets? Call us at one of the Bregman Vet Hospitals as we are here to help!

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