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Vacation with Pets

Randy DeVaul

Posted on May 31, 2019 19:26

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Are you taking your pet with you on vacation this year? Not all pets like to travel and not all pets travel well. Keep it fun and keep it safe for you, your pet, and the "neighbors" that you meet on the road.

We’re packed, fueled, and ready to go. Everyone is going on this trip, including our non-speaking family members – our pets. Whether a seasoned pet traveler or taking your first pet road trip, remember these safety tips.

Some animals get car sick. Don’t get a hundred miles down the road to discover your pet is “sensitive” to travel. A nervous stomach or intestinal tract creates unforgettable smells that last a long time in your vehicle. For those that get car sick, get medications from your vet to calm your pet’s systems. Frequent stops will also allow everyone to stretch and get “relief.”

Have a safe place for your pet to ride – a pet seat, pet restraint, or other protective means ensures that if you hit your brakes, your pet won’t hit an immovable object.

Have your pet’s vaccinations up to date and take a shot/vaccine record with you. If your pet needs vet care or you need to kennel your pet for a day or so, you’ll need the vaccine records. It’s like taking the kids to an out of town doctor, but I digress.

Pets are temperature sensitive. Keeping your pet closed up in a vehicle in hot weather is about the same as cooking it in a microwave. I’ll be the first in line to call the local law enforcement agency to help foster your loved one to a better home.

Going to the beach? Don’t let your pet drink seawater. Salt does more than simply make your pet retain water. Veterinarians warn against using human toothpaste to brush your pet’s teeth due to the salt content. Imagine drinking it directly from the ocean – that can’t be good. If you haven’t been swimming with your pet before, go gradually. Not all dogs can swim!

Pets can sunburn and experience heat stroke outside a vehicle as well as when locked inside one. Have plenty of shade and fresh water available for both you and your pet so you both stay hydrated and healthy.

Are you camping out in the wild? Many campgrounds are near wildlife. A tethered pet is easy prey with no means to defend itself. Don’t use a chain or other metal line to secure your pet to your camper. A lightning strike or electrical ground can travel the line to your pet, creating a jolt or even death.

Strange places, smells, people, even other people’s pets, can put real stress on your pet. Such strain can cause increased barking, increased “potty” needs, or perhaps more aggressive behavior since your pet is unsure of what to do.

Respect your neighbors. Keep ‘doggy litter’ cleaned up. Give your pet attention and love while traveling to reduce barking, yawling, or other nervous and irritating noises.

Many pets love to travel. It is your job to keep them safe, secure, and happy. You can build wonderful lasting memories with all of your loved ones with a little planning ahead to keep you and them safe on vacation.

Randy DeVaul

Posted on May 31, 2019 19:26

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Source: HuffPost

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