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August 2016: Do’s & Don’ts When Travelling with Pets

Going on a summer vacation and want to bring the whole family along? With more and more destinations and resorts becoming pet-friendly, many of us are taking our fur-friends along for the break. Just like organizing yourself and other family members, bringing a pet on vacation also requires planning, preparation and boundaries. To make things easier for you, we’ve created a do’s and don’ts guide for travelling with your pet; to ensure your trip is an enjoyable and stress-free experience for everyone involved. 

DO’S

If you’re travelling by car, make sure your pet feels comfortable when being in the car for long periods of time. Perhaps test your pets tolerance for being in the car by taking them on a drive around town first (particularly if they’re a new puppy). 

Remember to take regular toilet, water and rest breaks. Just like us pets need to get out and stretch their legs too!

Ensure there is good airflow and ventilation while in the car.

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.

Pack enough food to last you a few days after arriving at your destination. Pack the same food brands you normally feed your pet, as changing what your pet is familiar with may cause additional stress. 

It is VERY important that your pet has been microchipped and at all times is wearing a collar with an identification tag; containing their name, your name and your contact number. 

Before leaving ensure you administer appropriate parasite protection for your pet. This may include a Flea & Tick Protection, Worm Protection and Heartworm Protection

Bring your pet’s parasite protection products along – you never know what you may come across on your travels or what you may come in contact with. 

Pack a first aid kit containing items such as gauze pads, gauze rolls, bandages, cotton swabs, instant cold pack, tweezers, antibiotic ointment, scissors and an eye dropper.

If your pet gets nervous when travelling, consider packing Canine Tranquil Formula Tablets or Feline Tranquil Formula Tablets; to naturally help maintain their fear and emotional balance. 

DON’TS

Don’t let your pet roam in the car. Dog Restraints or seatbelts are useful to keep your pet still and secure. If you have a cat, place them in a carrier where they will feel safe and protected.

If your pet has separation anxiety, try not to leave them alone whilst you’re out on vacation. If you know you’ll want some pet-free time, consider organizing a pet-sitter for a few hours.

It’s crucially important to understand that pets can’t be left in cars alone. Pets left locked in cars can sustain brain damage or even die from heatstroke in as little as 15 minutes. Beating the heat is extra tough for dogs because they can only cool themselves by panting and sweating through their paw pads. Also noting short nosed pets such as Pugs, Boston Terriers and French Bulldogs, and pets with a medical condition are at a higher risk. 

Don’t allow your pet to sit in the front seat of the car; leave the front seat for humans! Airbags deployed in the front seat could cause serious harm to your pet, as they launch out of the dash with extreme force and severity. 

Keep your pet’s head safely inside the car at all times. Pets who are allowed to stick their heads out the window can be injured by particles of debris, or made sick by the cold air forced into their lungs. If you want to give you pet some fresh air, ensure they are securely seated away from the windows edge, or better yet take a pit stop for 10 minutes.  

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