Updated: Jun 7
Like so many people world-wide, summer vacation calls for summer travel. And for some, summer travel includes the family pet(s). Whether you’re going to a campground, hotel, beach, or backyard, there are some things you should keep in mind to help ensure your pet’s safety during summer.
What are the MAIN tips for travel with pets?
Of course, first and foremost, it is important that you are up-to-date on your pet’s wellness exam, core vaccinations, early detection diagnostics, and prevention medications (keep those fleas, ticks, and heartworms away!). Most establishments who allow pets also require proof of a pet’s well-being. That could be as simple as a vaccination document, or as extensive as a health certificate. Before you travel, be sure to confirm what your destination requires.
One of my personal favorites is to travel with a doggy (or kitty) first aid kit. The kit could include water, a pop-up water bowl, disposable gloves, tweezers, hydrogen peroxide, liquid dishwashing soap (for bathing), a flashlight, saline eye solution, and of course, your veterinarian’s contact information. You may also include a towel, ice pack, absorbent gauze, and cotton balls or swabs. You'll want to remember their food, bowls, water, and any regular medications they may be using. And depending on your trip, you may even want to include some extra treats.
Don’t forget to call your veterinarian if your pet gets car-sick! You’ll want to see what they recommend for travel… no one wants to sit in the car, plane, train… (you get the idea), with a sick pet.
Summer can be so much fun! And so many memories can be made with the simplest to most extravagant vacations. Our family pets can most definitely be part of those wonderful memories. So, pack your bags, bring your pet records, and go make some memories!