Greetings Pet Parents!
As the temperature rises and the days grow longer, August is the perfect time for some exciting travels and new adventures. And what better way to make your summer escapades even more special than by bringing along your furry friends? At Steeples Veterinary Clinic, we understand that your pets are part of the family, and we’re here to help you navigate the ins and outs of traveling with your four-legged companions.
1. Plan for a Happy and Healthy Journey
Before you set off on your trip, it’s essential to ensure your pet is in tip-top shape. Schedule a pre-travel checkup with our experienced veterinarians to make sure your pet is up-to-date on vaccinations, parasite prevention, and overall well-being. A clean bill of health will give you peace of mind and set the stage for a successful journey.
2. Road Tripping with Fido: Unleash the Fun!
Is there anything more exciting than hitting the open road with your canine sidekick? Road trips with pets can be a delightful experience, but a little preparation goes a long way. Pack a travel kit with all the essentials – food, water, medications, favorite toys, and a cozy bed to ensure your furry friend stays comfortable during the trip. Don’t forget to make frequent pit stops for bathroom breaks and short walks to keep your pet relaxed and happy.
3. Taking to the Skies with Fluffy
If your travel plans involve taking to the skies, flying with your furry feline or small dog is entirely possible! However, each airline has its own set of pet travel policies, so it’s crucial to do your homework well in advance. Familiarize your pet with their travel crate before the flight, and consider using calming products to ease anxiety. And of course, consult with our veterinarians for any additional tips and advice.
4. Seek Pet-Friendly Accommodations
When choosing your accommodation, make sure it’s pet-friendly. Fortunately, many hotels, motels, and vacation rentals now roll out the red carpet for your furry companions. Be sure to check out nearby parks or open spaces where your pet can burn off some energy and enjoy the new surroundings.
5. Safety First: Identification and Microchipping
Traveling can increase the risk of pets getting lost. To prevent this nightmare scenario, ensure your pet has a well-fitted collar with an updated ID tag that includes your contact information. We highly recommend microchipping as a permanent and reliable form of identification that can be a lifesaver if your pet becomes separated from you.
6. Combatting Motion Sickness and Travel Anxiety
Just like us, some pets may experience motion sickness or anxiety during the journey. Talk to our veterinarians about potential medications or natural remedies to help ease their discomfort and ensure a smoother trip for everyone.
7. The Perfect Pet Travel Kit
Prepare a well-stocked travel kit with all the essentials. Pack their favorite food, collapsible water bowls, a leash, waste bags, first-aid supplies, and any necessary medications. Being prepared for any situation will give you peace of mind and ensure your pet’s comfort throughout the trip.
We at Steeples Veterinary Clinic are dedicated to the health and happiness of your pets. If you have any questions or need advice on traveling with your furry companions, don’t hesitate to reach out to our caring team.
Wishing you and your pets a summer filled with unforgettable adventures and cherished memories. Happy travels!