Vacationing With Your Pets

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Schools are out and families are in vacation mode. As you are preparing and packing for vacation, here are a few tips to help
make it easier for you to bring your pets along for the fun:

  • Make sure you do your research on your destination to make sure it is a pet-friendly environment. There would be nothing worse than arriving at your destination only to find out Fido and Miss Kitty were not welcome.
  • Many/most airlines will require a health certificate within 10 days of traveling. Usually a general physical examination should provide enough information to meet airline and hotel requirements. At this examination, your veterinarian may make specific vaccine recommendations for your pet, depending on your destination. Your veterinarian also can address any concerns you have about motion sickness or travel anxiety.
  • It is never okay to leave your pet in a car, whether traveling long distances or just around town. Cars heat up very quickly and a pet can suffer life-threatening heat stroke in a matter of minutes.
  • When traveling by car it is a good rule of thumb to stop every two hours to allow your pet to get out of the car to eliminate and stretch.
  • Lastly, make sure you pack enough essentials for your pet for the trip. Don’t assume a pet shop will carry your brand of food or special treats. Take along medications your pet is currently receiving, and anticipate other medical needs as indicated by your pet’s previous medical history.

ellie and ballThese tips are brought to you by the Prince William County Animal Advisory Committee (AAC). The mission of the AAC is to help improve the quality of life of companion animals in the county.


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