Frederick, MD is warm and sunny, the kids are out of school, and after the winter we have had…it is time to venture out and take a vacation! At Kingsbrook Animal Hospital, we consider our pets family, so why not bring them along too? If you are able to bring your furred family member with you, plan ahead to ensure a safe, fun trip for everyone. Traveling by land, air, or sea has its obstacles so make sure you have what you need ahead of time to prevent any hiccups in your trip.
Firstly, no matter how you are traveling, as long as you are in motion, your pet should always remain in a veterinary approved carrier for safety. Carriers come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be either hard or soft. Carrier size and shape may not make a difference if traveling in your own car, but some airlines or buses will require a certain kind of carrier that must fit under the seat. Make sure you check with the travel company before hand to ensure you have the correct carrier.
|Haley’s Blue is ready to go.|
|Megan’s Juno says “Don’t forget me Mommy.”|
Another thing to consider is whether or not you need a Health Certificate for travel. Health Certificates require a scheduled visit to your veterinarian before your travel date. Most Health Certificates are only good for a short period of time, so scheduling is very important depending on when you plan on leaving. It may also be advisable to bring a copy of your pet’s medical record with you in the event of an emergency, especially if your pet has a medical condition. Planning ahead, will ensure you have the necessary paperwork needed for a hassle free vacation.
Besides what your pet will be traveling in and possible paperwork you will need, consider what necessities your pet may need too. Always make sure your pet has fresh water available. If traveling in your own car, having some bottled water reserved will accomplish this. If you are traveling in an airplane or bus, you may not be able to take your pet out while in motion. Freeze some water in a bowl so that it slowly melts as you travel; this will prevent spillage and will keep your pet hydrated. Food is also something your pet will need. Depending on how long your trip is, your pet may need to eat during travel. If you are unable to take your pet out of his carrier, keep some dry food in with him. Make sure you plan to bring enough food for the entire trip, plus a little extra just in case. If your pet is on a prescription food or medication, contact your veterinary office before hand to make sure you have it in hand before you go.
With these tips in mind, you should have everything you need for a fun filled, well needed, family vacation.