May 29, 2015 12:25 am
1. If traveling by car, secure your pet with a safety harness or well ventilated carrier to restrain them in case of a sudden stop or accident.
2. Never allow your pet to hang out the window. Opening the window just a few inches will allow your pet to safely enjoy the breeze without the risk of inhaling debris or being struck by any objects. This will also prevent any temptation your pet may have of jumping out of the car.
3. Feed your pet a smaller meal before your trip to prevent an upset stomach. Also remember to carry plenty of water to prevent dehydration.
4. Bring your pets' toys to accompany them during travel. The familiar smells can help comfort your pet and keep them occupied during the trip.
5. Never leave your pet in a car unattended. Even with the windows cracked, temperatures in a car can increase drastically.
6. Make sure your pet is wearing identification at all times in case she becomes separated or lost. Verify that your pet's ID tag is up-to-date, durable, and includes your mobile phone number.
7. Pack a recent photo of your pet along with current vaccination records. If your pet becomes lost, having a current photograph will make the search easier.
8. Book a pet-friendly hotel. With more than 25,000 hotels in the U.S. allowing pets, there are plenty of properties from which to choose. Don't assume all pets will be allowed – some hotels place limits on the size of the dogs they allow. Call to check that your dog will be welcomed.
9. Look up details about a veterinary hospital near your destination. If your pet has a medical emergency you'll be prepared and know where to go.
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