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Pets and Traveling

PETS AND TRAVELING

Traveling might not be as exciting of an experience for our pets as it can be for us. Some pets might even find this experience unbearable and stressful. To be prepared for your pet’s reaction, there are some considerations that you should take into account to help you and your pet make traveling a more enjoyable experience.

Planning Before traveling
It is a good idea to plan ahead before traveling, especially if you decide to bring your pet along with you. One person should be in charge of all the requirements for making your pet’s travel arrangements. The following are a few things to keep in mind before taking your pet with you on a trip:

IDENTIFICATION: Always make sure to keep your pet’s tags current. Your pet’s health certificate may also be used for identification. The tag should include the pet’s name, your name and destination address, and the name and address of an alternate person to contact in case you cannot be located. You can also obtain a special travel identification tag from the carrier. Give some thought to having your pet ‘micro-chipped’. Your veterinarian can give you more information about this procedure.

VACCINATIONS: Make sure that you obtain from your pet’s veterinarian proof all of his or her vaccinations and have them up to date. These will be extremely important since most airlines carriers and officials will require them. Discuss with your veterinarian the possible health risks your pet might suffer while traveling either by car or air, and ask him or her for special instructions your pet might need. Should an emergency occur, make sure that your veterinarian’s contact information is handy. It can also be a good idea to ask your veterinarian to recommend another veterinarian or emergency veterinary clinic in the area where you’re traveling to.