Taking Fido on Vacation

Traveling with pets, without proper planning and preparation may be a nightmare for the two of you. Depending upon your destination, the preparations are similar: have your pet examined to make sure it’s healthy enough for travel, obtain the proper paperwork, pack for your pet’s needs, train your pet for travel and when necessary, have your pet groomed. By following these 7 tips, you and your pet can have a safe and enjoyable trip.

1) Have your pet examined by your veterinarian; verify it’s healthy enough for traveling, that their vaccinations are current and obtain a Health Certificate and a Rabies certificate. Vaccinations differ from country to country so let your vet know if you’re traveling out of the country. You should also research the destination country as to other requirements for traveling with pets there.

2) Paperwork required for traveling with pets is usually the same whether traveling by air, rail, ship or road: health & rabies certificate, vaccination history and sometimes; proof of ownership.

3) Pack some of your pets’ favorite toys, blankets, utensils, food, leash and water. Make sure your pet has a collar (check it for wear and fit) with ID and rabies tags on it. Don’t wait until you’re ready to get in the car to teach your cat to wear a collar.

Don’t feed your pet a full meal before leaving; a small meal a few hours before the trip is better for them.

5) Start training your furry friend to travel about a month before your trip. Obtain a traveling cage or crate; let them smell it, go in and out of it on their own for some time, then start finishing them in it for longer and longer periods of time. A word of advice ; only let them out when they’re calm and ac-cepting of the cage. If you let them out while they are agitated, you’re only teaching them to misbehave inside. You can’t expect your pet that has never left the comfort of its home to understand that the noisy, smelly box (car) you just stuck them is secure.

6) When traveling with pets, call ahead to make sure your destination allows pets, more and more hotels/motels are adapting pets. Research where you’ll stop every 2 or 3 hours to rest, water, Raccoon Removal Fort Lauderdale, FL, and exercise your pet.

7) Traveling with your pet requires some extra forethought, planning and packaging, but the reward is a safe, healthy and enjoyable trip for both you and your pet. Have a great time!

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