Vacationing this summer? Here are some tips to help keep your pets safe while you’re away and/or traveling with you.
Summer means vacation time for many families. If you are traveling this summer make sure that you have a plan in place for your pet while you are away. Many people chose to leave their pets at home. If this is the case make sure that you have a trusted pet sitter to care for them. We recommend going over all medications and health issues with your pet sitter. Make sure that any prescription medication and food is refilled so that your pet sitter will not run out while you are away. It is also a good idea to leave information about the veterinary hospital where you take your pet. In case of an emergency notify the pet sitter of where to take your animal and discuss the types of care that you will permit. Many owners will drop off a letter authorizing a pet sitter to obtain any necessary veterinary services in their absence.
Talk to your pet sitter about your routines:
- What time is your pet usually fed?
- What time do they typically go for walks or go outside?
- Do they need to be on a leash at all times or can they roam in the yard?
- Do the get anxious when you are away?
- Should they be crated or confined when no one is in the house?
- How active is your pet? Will they require lots of play time or walks?
- Are they are medications that your pet must receive?
- What time are the medications typically given? Do they need to be given with meals?
- What does a normal day look like? If your pet sitter is prepared they will be able to detect changes in your pets behavior or routine.
If you are planning on boarding or kenneling your pet make sure that they have all the necessary vaccinations needed for the kennel. Most kennels require the bordetella and influenza vaccine as well as routine vaccinations such as rabies and distemper. Don’t wait until the last minute to find out if your pet needs boosters! Call at least 2-4 weeks ahead of time to get your pet the necessary vaccines to ensure that they are protected when they enter the kennel. If your pet has never been kenneled before it is a good idea to do a trial day and see how your pet does. Most kennels will allow this to ensure that it will be a good fit for your pet. Bring any medications and food that your pet is on to the kennel so that their regular routine can be maintained while you are away. Also notify the kennel of your veterinarian’s name and address in case your pet needs medical attention while you are away.
If you are traveling with your pet make sure that you have a good plan in place. Remember to pack all necessary food and medications that your pet might need. It is also a good idea to bring along some of their bedding and toys to make their new environment seem more like home. Don’t forget to bring food and water bowls, poop bags and treats!
For those who might be flying with their pets most airlines require a health certificate. This means that your pet has to be examined by a veterinarian 30 days prior to travel. If you are headed out of the country there can be lengthy requirements and quarantine periods in some countries. For these trips your pet may need vaccines or titers within 6 months of travel. It is a good idea to plan for any trip overseas with your pet well in advance. If you are planning on any international travel with your pet Dr. Santelli is a USDA accredited veterinarian who can provide international health certificates to those who need them.
Please check out this website for additional information and requirements for international travel.
If your pet gets anxious or motion sick while traveling there are lots of new options for treatment! Call us today to get any needed medications for your pet to ensure that they have a happy, healthy vacation!