Tis the season for spending time with family and friends, which often means trying to figure out the best way to travel with your pets. In this article, we will discuss several tips for how to make sure you and your pets are comfortable, regardless of your method of travel.
Make Sure You Plan Ahead
Before deciding to take your cat or dog with you for the holidays, it's good to ask yourself if your pet will be happy. Many pets prefer to stay in the comfort of their own home, and a pet that is anxious or car sick is never fun. If you think your pet would prefer to stay at home, we can recommend reliable pet sitters or boarding facilities.
What to Know If You Are Flying
If you are traveling by plane, your pet will need a health certificate completed within 10 days of travel. If you are flying internationally, you'll want to familiarize yourself with your arriving countries' entry requirements and plan well ahead of your departure date. Your airline will also have specific requirements for pet travel. You can call our animal hospital to find out more information or to schedule your pet's health certificate.
What to Know About Vaccines
You'll want to make sure that your pet is up to date on vaccines prior to traveling. Most boarding kennels require certain vaccines to help keep your dog protected against disease. If you're not sure the status of your pet's vaccines, give us a call and we can let you know.
Plan for Your Pets' Medications
If your pet is on medication, you will want to make sure you have enough for while you're away. Many pharmacies are closed during the holidays, and the last thing you want is to run out of a critical medication.
What to Know About Microchips
If your pet is microchipped, is your registration information up to date? You can stop by our clinic at any time and have your pet scanned for a microchip. We can also inform you with whom the microchip is registered so you can contact the registration company and make sure all the information they have is accurate.
If you are traveling with your pets this holiday season, it is a good idea to make sure your dog or cat has had a recent wellness checkup. If you are in the Asheville area, our veterinarians will be happy to help.