5 Tips for Safe Travel With Your Pet

When planning a getaway with your four legged friend here are a couple of helpful things to remember:

1. Always remember to never leave your pet alone in a parked vehicle. On a hot day, even with the windows open, a parked automobile can become a dangerously hot in no time, and your pet can develop heatstroke or worse.

2. Don’t forget to pack for your pet. Take familiar things from your home that will comfort your pet. Bring along favorite chewies, treats, toys, even the pet’s bedding. Also bring a bowl, leash, and plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication and a pet first-aid kit and any medication they might need. Most important, is to bring your pet’s own food. The last thing you want is digestive problems when you are on the road.

3. Pack several gallons of bottled water from home for your dog, Drinking water from an area he’s not used to could result in upset tummy for your pet. If you run down to the last half gallon, begin mixing in equal parts with the water supply at your destination. If your pet is especially sensitive, use distilled water. Also be aware that public and hotel fountains often contain antifreeze, which is poisonous to pets, so never let them drink out of them.

4. It is a good idea to make sure your pet has a microchip for identification and wears a well fitting collar with a tag, which has your home address and telephone numbers on it. To protect him while traveling, you can put a piece of tape on the dog’s tags with a local phone number or cell-phone number in case the dog gets loose. Your home number won’t be much help to someone who finds your dog while you’re traveling and no one is home.

5. Bring photos of your pet in case he escapes and you need to make lost pet posters. Also, pack a photo of family members with the pet in case you need additional proof that the pet is yours.

By Anna Houser