The key to an enjoyable trip with your dog is to have everything with you that your dog might need. Here are some Travel Tips that will help make your next trip as smooth as possible.
1. Prior to the trip, consider making a checklist of items that you will need en route and at your destination.
2. Before you leave for your trip, visit us to address any travel concerns, refill necessary prescriptions, and let us make sure your dog is up-to-date on all vaccinations. If your dog gets car sickness, ask us about a medication to help reduce his/her anxiety and calm their stomach.
3. Bring along the contact information for a local veterinarian where you are staying. Its always a good idea to be prepared. Before leaving, find pet-friendly hotels along your route.
4. Its important that all traveling dogs have an ID tag on their collar. Keep a photo of your dog on hand as well. Another useful idea is to put a piece of tape that includes a cell phone or local number over your dogs tags. A microchip is a permanent form of I.D. that can never be lost. Ask us about a microchip for your pet. If your dog gets lost while traveling, your home phone might not be much help. In the event that your dog gets loose during the trip, you want to make it as easy as possible for him to be returned to you.
5. Plan for some extra stops during the trip. This gives you and your dog a chance to exercise and take a break.
6. Pet stores carry a wide variety of collapsible and disposable dog bowls created just for traveling. For extended road trips or even trips lasting only a couple of hours, don't forget to bring extra food and water.
7. There's a lot to consider when traveling with your dog. We can offer medical advice and answer your travel questions to make sure you and your dog are ready to go.
Enjoy the Ride!
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Schedule your pet’s annual checkup today to be sure your pet is healthy!
Is your dog very tired? Is your cat eating less than usual? These seemingly minor changes may mean your pet has a flea allergy, an internal parasite infection, or a tick-related disease.
Let’s talk about fleas first. The majority of pets don’t have fleas—but many have been bitten because fleas are everywhere! Yes, fleas live outdoors but they can live indoors too – even in really clean homes – year-round in any climate. Fleas will gladly hitch a ride on your pet into your house. And all it takes is one flea bite (specifically the fleas saliva), to set off a full blown skin allergy. Pets may scratch their sides, neck or even lick their paws until they’re red and painful. What pet wants to move around or eat when feeling this miserable?
Internal parasites (such as worms) can infect your pet in a number of ways. Sometimes, it’s hard to know if your pet has them. But left untreated, worms can be dangerous to your pet’s internal organs. They can even cause your pet to lose blood.
Ticks are tricky. Even when you check your pet for ticks they can be tough to find because they’re small and hide well in dark fur. But it’s crucial to find ticks and remove them quickly. Why? Some ticks carry bacteria that cause disease (such as Lyme disease, but there are many others). And all you need is one undetected tick bite for your pet to become infected. They can become sick and develop kidney problems. At times, these diseases can be fatal.
Ugh! Is there any good news?
We’re experts when it comes to flea allergies, tick and internal parasite checks. Even if your pet is on regular monthly preventive, it is still important for us to make sure your pet is healthy.
Make an appointment for your pet’s annual checkup today – we’ll give them a thorough physical exam from nose to tail. Let’s also confirm the prevention you’re using is right for your pet!
Cathy-Licensed Vet tech with 28 year experience.