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Posted on 07-13-2015

Travel Safety Tips for Your Pet in the Summer

Summertime is a popular time for travel, and for many families that means including everyone on trips – including the family pet. If you are planning a getaway with your four-legged companions this season, we have put together some helpful tips for ensuring your pet stays safe along the way.

Lost and Runaway Pets

As exciting as traveling may be for you, it is also a stimulating experience for your pet. Every animal reacts differently when removed from its normal environment, with some wanting to explore and others feeling apprehensive about the experience. There is never a more important time to ensure your pet is wearing proper identification with updated tag information. Double check both the collar and the leash before heading outdoors.

Transportation Dangers

If you are taking a road trip with your pet, you are not the only one who needs to wear a safety belt. Pets should never ride in the front seat, as they may be propelled into the windshield during an accident or sudden stop. Instead, restrain your pet in the backseat using a pet safety harness, or placing your pet in a travel-safe crate.

First Aid

Like humans, pets may become ill when traveling. Whether it is car sickness or some other health problem, it is important to locate emergency veterinary care providers who will be accessible to you on your trip. Depending on where you go and the types of activities your pet will be participating in, you may also wish to bring a pet-safe sunscreen, bug repellant and bandages in case of an injury.

Visit Your Veterinarian before Your Next Trip

Before packing your bags, be sure to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to ensure your pet is healthy enough for travel. Dr. Michael Good, Dr. Michele Stewart, Dr. Dwight Alleyne and the rest of the staff here at Acres Mill Animal Hospital in Canton, Georgia can provide helpful tips for traveling with pets, as well as microchips, updated immunizations and boarding services if your plans happen to change.

Have you ever traveled with a pet before?

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