10 Tips for Traveling With Your Pet
on June 6, 2016
Posted in Cats
- Don’t forget a first aid kit for your pet: tweezers to remove ticks, bandaging material for any cuts, hydrogen peroxide—(See Dr. Jan’s recommended Essential Pet First Aid Kit Here)
- Take a copy of your pet’s medical records with you if they have any ongoing illnesses. Pack any needed medication—bring extra just to be safe.
- Before you go locate the nearest animal emergency hospital to where you are staying and keep the phone number handy.
- Carry collapsible food and water bowls and your own water if you will be camping.
- Make sure your pet has tags or is microchipped for identification in case he or she is lost.
- Take some wipes and paper towels as well as plastic bags in case of accidents.
- Don’t forget heartworm and flea medication. If you are looking for a natural bug repellent for dogs, Pet Wellbeing has Pooch Protect Bug Repellent Spray—it works well but is for dogs only
- If your cat or dog gets car sick, ask your vet for medication such as Cerenia or use a natural substance like Ginger for this. Do not use tranquillizers with your cat as this can cause hypotension or hyper excitibility—instead try Stress Gold. If you wish to use a pharmaceutical, then Gabapentin would be recommended as it causes relaxation without the tranquillizer side effects.
- Another natural calmer for your cat is Feliway—a synthetic feline facial pheromone that can be sprayed in the cat’s carrier to help calm your kitty. Some catnip may also help. Always keep your cat confined in a carrier while traveling. A frightened feline can easily escape through an open car window or door without anyone noticing.
- Never leave your pet unattended in a car, even with the windows cracked. If it’s 85 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can rocket to 120 degrees in a matter of minutes.
Traveling with your pet should be fun for everyone. Knowing what to do and what to avoid will make sure your road trips are awesome!
Travel safe and enjoy the summer!
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Janice Huntingford, DVM, has been in veterinary practice for over 30 years and has founded two veterinary clinics since receiving her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. She has studied extensively in both conventional and holistic modalities. Ask Dr. Jan