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Posted on 11-20-2013
If the idea of traveling with your pet makes you anxious, rest assured that there are things you can do to make the experience easier and more fun for all concerned. Here are some suggestions from our Canton veterinarian at
Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic:
Make sure your pet is healthy. A wellness evaluation can ensure that your pet is fit to make the journey with you. Get your pet's vaccinations updated before your trip, not only for his own sake but also because many border crossings require documented verification of current shots, especially rabies vaccinations.
Make the trip comfortable. Put your pet's favorite blanket, toys or treats in the pet carrier so he can feel at home during a long trip. If you are traveling by car, remember to make plenty of rest stops to allow your pet to exercise and drink fresh water.
Stay at pet-friendly lodgings. The last thing you want is to be turned away at your lodgings because they do not welcome pets, so make sure your dog or cat is allowed to stay with you. Do some Internet searches for hotels that offer optional extra services for pets, such as doggie treats and pet bedding.
If traveling with your pet is impractical or impossible even with the tips listed above, consider professional pet boarding at our animal hospital. We can provide pets with the care, affection and monitoring they need while freeing you to relax and enjoy your trip. During the hectic holiday season, make sure to reserve your pet a spot as soon as you know your travel plans.
What was the craziest pet travel incident you ever experienced? Tell us about it!
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