Travel Tips from Dr. LaurenPublished December 15, 2008
Summertime means vacation time for pets and their owners. Here's a travel checklist of my health tips to keep pets safe during their summer trips. Happy travels! -Dr. Lauren
- Have an up to date health certificate, vaccine history and rabies tag with you.
- Talk to your vet about extra vaccines - such as leptospirosis and lyme for dogs -since these diseases may be more prevalent in certain areas.
- Make sure your pet is up to date on heartworm and flea/tick prevention, especially before camping!
- Talk to your veterinarian about sedatives or motion sickness drugs for car and airplane rides.
- For long car rides and airplane rides be sure to have fresh water readily available for your pet. Remember to NEVER leave a pet alone in the car when it is warm out!
- Be sure to pack plenty of your pets' regular food and any prescription medication that they may be taking. Changing foods abruptly can lead to stomach upset!
- Have a crate for pets if they are going to be left in a hotel room or different environment alone.
- If you plan to let your dog swim, be sure to thoroughly clean and dry the ears afterwards to prevent ear infections.
- Pack sunblock to protect your pets' hairless areas if they will be exposed to a lot of sunlight.