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Success P e t s
Last month, we covered concierge vet service for pampered
pets flying on private planes, but for the rest of us who
want to take our furry friends on vacation, the American
Veterinary Medical Foundation offers plenty of advice.
TEX T BY SANDY LINDSEY
Have your pets implanted with a microchip to improve the chances of
getting them back if lost. Make sure the chip is registered with the latest
info and complemented with a special tag with your information.
No matter how close your trip, it’s always a good idea to have your dog’s
proof of vaccinations, especially rabies. A simple trip across a state line
can require a health certificate signed by a vet saying your pet has been
examined and is free of disease.
Make sure to bring meds (enough for the trip and some spare), a collar,
a leash, a harness, a crate, bed/blankets, toys, snacks, food and water
bowls. And always have a pet first aid kit handy.
Unless your pet is a seasoned flyer or long-distance car rider, it’s best to
start them off with an empty stomach. The same goes for boating and
other fast-moving activities. Some airlines will not transport animals
when it is extremely hot or cold, the exception being those small enough
to fly in the cabin.
SPEAKING OF BOATING…
If you’re traveling with a large animal, provide a ramp for them to easily
get onboard and off. And get pet sunblock. Yes, it’s a real thing. Even
furred friends can get a sunburn.