Happy New Year! One of the first pet holidays of the year is tomorrow. Not only is January 2nd Mew Year’s Day—Fluffy’s new year—it’s also National Pet Travel Safety Day. A local Bellaire, TX vet offers a few tips on this below.
Make sure that your pet is current on all recommended vaccines and parasite control. Fido and Fluffy should also be fixed, microchipped, and wearing ID tags. Make sure that your information is correct in the microchip manufacturer’s database. You may also want to get a GPD tag or collar. Bring copies of your furry friend’s records with you! Finally, double check things like rates and pet policies.
The first rule of taking pets on car rides? Always keep them crated for travel. Even the most well-behaved pet can interfere with a driver, which can be extremely dangerous. Crates also prevent many accidental mishaps, such as Fido stepping on a power window control. The key here is to make sure that your furry friend sees their crate as a comfy den. Toys, bedding, and treats help, but training is key. With dogs, you’ll also need to stop regularly so Fido can stretch their legs.
Traveling by air can be extremely stressful for pets. Planning ahead is really your best bet here. Smaller animals may be able to travel with you in the passenger cabin, though you may want to book an extra seat. If your pet has to travel with the luggage, you’ll need to take extra precautions. Cargo holds do not always have climate control, so avoid traveling in very hot or cold weather. Try to book direct flights if possible. It’s also important to check the airline’s policies and safety records.
Before heading out, you’ll need to pack for your furry pal. You’ll want to include basics, such as bedding, toys, and treats, as well as grooming supplies, a spare leash or collar, towels, and blankets. If Fido or Fluffy takes medication, bring a few days’ extra. If you aren’t sure whether you can get your pet’s usual food at your destination, see if you can order some and have it shipped in advance.
All of us here at The Corner Vet, your Bellaire, TX animal hospital, wish you a wonderful new year. We look forward to providing your pet with great veterinary care in 2023 and beyond!