The Pet Owner’s Survival Guide to Traveling

The Pet Owner’s Survival Guide to Traveling

Thursday, 21 November 2019 15:06

Thanksgiving and Christmas are around the corner which means if you havn't already started to make plans for your pets, now is the time! Holidays can be partically stressfull for our pets. Between the fun, family and food, keep the following tips in mind to make sure your pet stays happy and healthy

Will you be boarding your pet? 

Many families want to include their pets in the holiday festivities but this time of year can be particularly stressful for our pets. It's important to recognize if your pet is shy or anxious and give them a quiet place to hang out away from the festivities. Many pets prefer to stay in the comfort of their own homes rather than a boarding facility. If you think your pet would prefer to stay at home, we can recommend reliable pet sitters. We can also recommend our favorite boarding facilities for those dogs who would enjoy a social getaway! Many boarding facilities book up quickly , so we recommend making your pet's reservation as soon as possible. If you need a place for your cat to stay, we offer cat boarding. Contact us to find out more!

If you will be traveling with your pet, its important to make sure you're stocked up on your pets medications and have a copy of their vaccine records on hand. Most airlines require your pet receive a health certificate 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.  To find out more about your arriving countries' entry requirements, visit the USDA APHIS website here. You can call our clinic to find out more information or to schedule your pet's health certificate.

Is your pet safe if they stray? 

home again 1Unfourtunatly, one of the biggest holiday dangers is having your pet accidently getting lost. One of the best ways to ensure your pet finds its way home is to make sure they are microchiped and that their microchip information is up to date. Studies show that dogs and cats with microchips are considerbly more likley to find their families. 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. 


Holiday Dangers

Christmas trees, ornaments and people food can all create holiday emergencies. The last thing any pet owner wants is to take their pet to the emergency hospital over the holidays. If you find your pet has ingested a potential toxin, the Pet Poison Helpline is just a call away. They can inform you if what your pet ate is a true emergency ,and what you should do next. Ofcourse, don't hesitate to contact us if you think your pet is in danger or call REACH Emergency Hospital. For a complete list of pet toxins, click here