Monday, June 07, 2010
Summer Pet Tips: Vacationing
Not Taking Your Pet Along:
Boarding your pet or hiring a pet sitter are options if you decide to leave your pet behind. In either case, here are some general tips.
- Ask your vet or other pet owners for recommendations of reputable boarding facilities or pet sitters.
- If boarding, visit the facility to meet the staff and to check the safety and cleanliness of the operation. If hiring a pet sitter, meet him/her in your home to see how he/she and your pet interact.
- Make reservations well in advance of your trip, especially during holidays, for facilities fill up quickly.
- Be sure your pet is current on all vaccines required.
- If your pet is on medication, be sure to leave an ample supply and clear instructions.
- Leave an ample supply of food and complete feeding instructions. Also, discuss your pet’s regular exercise and potty routines.
- Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with identification tags; make sure cats have safety collars on.
- Leave information on your vet’s office and emergency numbers.
- Also, leave a phone number where you can be reached.
Taking Your Pet Along:
- Call ahead to be sure your pet will be welcome at the hotels, motels, homes and/or parks where you will be staying and visiting.
- Be sure your pet has all required vaccines and a current health certificate. Be sure to take along his medical records as an extra measure.
- It is also a good idea to know where a few local vet office are located near where you will be vacationing, in case of an emergency.
- Take along your pet’s regular food, a supply of water if needed, any medications, and if there is room his favorite bedding and toys.
- Be sure your pet has a collar with an ID tag with your name and telephone number on it. It also helps to carry a photo of your pet in case he is lost while traveling.
- Be sure to keep your pet leashed and/or caged/confined at all times. New smells and surroundings entice pets to wonder.
- If traveling in a vehicle with your pet, it is safest for you and your pet to keep him confined to a carrier. Never let your pet ride in the back of a truck.