Tuesday, Jun. 6th 2017

Traveling With Your Pet

Traveling with your Pet:  Summer is here and with it comes family vacations and trips to the lake!  If you like to take your pet along with you, here are some tips and things to think about when you plan your trip.

Emergency Information: Many people who travel frequently with their pets have made laminated information sheets for each pet.  They then clip the pertinent sheet to the cage the pet is in, or otherwise have it readily available so in case of an accident their pets can get the care they need.  We could provide one, but actually recommend you make your own so it’s individualized to your needs.  This can easily be done with any word processor. Things to include: Emergency contact information for someone NOT on the trip as well as your own information; a picture of the pet; the pet’s name, age, breed, and identifying markings; microchip number; pet health concerns and medications; vaccination status; spay/neuter status including a notation if the pet has had a vasectomy or ovary-sparing spay; and perhaps a list of training commands the pet will respond to.  It is also recommended you include a statement to this effect: “Please do not take this pet to a shelter.  Take it to a local veterinarian for care and all expenses for medical care and boarding will be paid” . Many dog show enthusiasts also will attach to the crate a piece of PVC pipe capped on each end that is clearly marked “Open in emergency” that contains this identifying sheet, a leash, and perhaps pet medications.  We strongly recommend pets be microchipped, especially if they will travel with you, and they should be safely secured in your vehicle so they won’t be injured or escape in case of accident.

Things to pack:  Besides the above-mentioned information sheet, take along these items: food, a supply of water, food and water dishes, pet first aid kit (we have some you can buy!) treats, leash/kennel, bed or old sheet or blanket to protect hotel sheets, towel to clean feet, collar with identification tag, medications, poop clean-up bags (because a responsible dog owner ALWAYS picks up after their dog) , and toys.  Depending on your pet, you may also want to include Adaptil pheromone spray, Thundershirt, Nutricalm, or other calming agents if your pet is stressed by travel.  In warmer months, depending on the ventilation in your vehicle and where the pet rides, you might want a battery-operated fan to keep them cool.  Of course, you won’t be using that when the car is parked since you won’t ever leave your pet in a hot vehicle.

Finding a hotel:  Here are some websites to help you find places to visit or stay when traveling with your pet.

  1. bringfido.com
  2. dogfriendly.com
  3. petswelcome.com
  4. officialpethotels.com
  5. vacationpetfriendly.com
  6. Most booking sites and hotel websites also have information about whether pets are allowed or not. Please note, some hotels charge a pet fee or restrict size or number of pets.  Many also have limited rooms available where pets are allowed.  Be sure to ask!

Sad news: We regret to inform you that our tech, Pam Chadwick, will be leaving us for a full-time job back in the business world by mid-month.  It’s been terrific having her.  While we work on finding another assistant, please bear with us if we are a little behind when you visit.  Thank you!


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