Thursday, December 13, 2012
The discussion this week on my Social Media posts has been about traveling with your pets, so I thought that I would share some information I found in my insurance magazine. They brought up many good points to consider.
A growing number of national chains are now priding themselves on their pet-friendliness even going so far as to add special room service menus for cats and "pawdicures" for pampered pooches. It's wise to call and confirm that the place you want to stay is pro-pet. You need to know if there is a limit on the number of pets in a room, weight of dogs, not accepting certain breeds, etc. Websites to search for useful information are:
Pet safety should be the main concern in your car. Use a carrier that will allow your pet to stand up, turn around, and lie down. Frequent stops to help your pet stretch their legs and go potty are also necessary. And, of course, NEVER leave your pet unattended.
The Humane Society is not in favor of air travel for pets, only unless absolutely necessary. Airline restrictions vary, so call early to learn the do's and don'ts. www.airconsumer.ost.dot.gov/publications/animals.htm is a link to use for information on this topic.
Camping is a good option for dog lovers because many National Parks will allow a leashed pet on their trails. Go to nps.gov and search "dogs allowed".
What to bring?
1. A recent Certificate of Veterinary Inspection showing your pet is healthy and vaccinations are up to date.
2. Your vet's phone number in case of emergency.
3. Bottled water, food, bowls, and a leash.
4. Plastic bags and clean up supplies.
5. Favorite toys, a blanket or pet bed.
6. Your pet's collar, ID tags, and a picture in case the pet is lost.
7. Medications, including those for car sickness.
A happy pet will allow everyone to have a good time! Happy traveling!