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August 2014: Do's and Dont's of Travelling with Pets

Vacationing with your pet this summer?  Many of us take our fur-friends along with us on our break, so here at CanadaVet we’ve decided to create a Do’s and Don'ts guide for vacationing with your pet; to ensure your trip is an enjoyable experience for everyone involved.


Before you travel by car to your holiday destination, ensure your pet is well trained and easily controllable.  Maybe consider enrolling your pet in obedience classes before you go away.

Ensure your pet is able to respond to your commands when not on a leash.  If they do happen to wander, you’ll know that you can get them back by simply calling out their name.

Take regular breaks and give your pet plenty of rest stops.  Just like everyone else pets need to get out and stretch their legs too! 

Pack enough food to last you a few days after arriving at your destination.  Pack the same food brands that you have always used as changing brands can cause stomach distress, diarrhoea and even a refusal to eat.

Make sure that your cat or dog is always wearing a collar with an identification tag; which includes their name, your name and your mobile phone number.

Pack your pet’s routine medications such as Heartworm preventatives and Flea and Tick control products; as well as a routine first aid kit containing gauze pads, gauze rolls and bandages, cotton swabs, instant cold pack, tweezers, antibiotic ointment, scissors and an eye dropper.  Some pets even get fearful of travelling so consider packing Canine Tranquil Formula Tablets and Feline Tranquil Formula Tablets; to help maintain their emotional balance.

Don’t let your cat or dog roam in the car.  Dog restraints or seatbelts are useful for preventing your dog from roaming; and being a distraction to the driver.  Cats belong in carriers.

If you know that your pet has separation anxiety, don’t leave them alone whilst on vacation.  If you know you’ll want some pet-free time consider getting a pet-sitter.

Just like children, pets can’t be left in hot cars.  Did you know that pets left locked in cars can sustain brain damage or even die from heatstroke in just 15 minutes? And beating the heat is extra tough for dogs because they can only cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paw pads.  Short nosed pets such as pugs and pets with a medical condition are also at higher risk. 

Don’t let your pet sit in the front seat of the car; leave the front seat for humans!  Airbags deployed in the front seat could harm your pet as they launch out of the dashboard with extreme force and severity.

Keep your pet’s head safely inside the car.  Pets who are allowed to stick their heads out the window can be injured by particles of debris or made sick by having cold air forced into their lungs.

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