During the holidays, many pet owners traveling out of town prefer to bring along their pets. It’s important to remember that not all pets are good candidates for travel. In fact, some pets might be better left at home with a trusted caretaker. However, if you do plan to take your pet out of town this holiday season, The Brookside Barkery has found some tips to help ensure that everyone has a safe and happy trip!
Make sure your pet’s microchip information is current before you leave for out-of-town travel. Staying in a strange place can be stressful for your pet. Your pet should be wearing an ID tag or collar. Microchips are a good secondary form of identification. All of contact information should be up-to-date prior to traveling.
Visit your veterinarian to ensure that your pet is healthy enough for travel. Your veterinarian will make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date and guide you through any necessary steps—including providing you with enough of your pet’s medications (if applicable) to last the duration of the trip. If you are traveling out of state, ask your veterinarian to provide you with a health certificate for your pet.
Bring along a copy of your pet’s vaccination records. If your pet has a chronic medical condition you might want to consider also taking a copy of your pet’s medical record.
If you will be traveling with your pet across country borders, make sure to find out what Customs requires for documentation, i.e., rabies certificate, and be sure to carry that documentation with you.
Do not leave your pet in the car during cold temperatures. Even if left in the car for a short period of time, your pet’s body temperature can drop to dangerously low levels.
Special caution must be taken to protect young, elderly or short-haired pets and those with medical conditions from cold stress.
Your pets are your family, don’t forget to treat them that way! The Brookside Barkery has everything from all natural food and treats, to toys and other traveling essentials. Stop by The Barkery in either Lee’s Summit or Brookside and pick up everything you need for traveling with your furry friend today.
*Thank you Banfield for these helpful tips!