Pet Travel

Pet Travel

Helpful Information and tips that you should know before traveling with your pet.

Airline Travel With Your Cat:

Cats travel on planes every day. Although some unfortunate events may occur on rare occasions, these can be usually avoided if some simple precautions are followed. It is impossible to overemphasize the need to consult with the airline well in advance of your trip. This is essential if you hope to avoid last minute problems. Here are some basic tips for airline travel with your cat:

Determine whether the airline has requirements for "acclimation." In the event that you are unable to secure a direct flight, the pet carrier may be left outside the plane for a period of time. To avoid liability on their part, some airlines require a letter from your veterinarian stating that the pet is acclimated to a minimum or maximum temperature. It is important to find out if the airline requires that the acclimation temperature be given precisely, such as 20°F (-7°C) for a defined period of time.

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Car Travel With Your Dog:

Before taking my dog on a long car trip what should I do? Many dogs have no trouble adjusting to a car journey, long or short, but for others it can be a bad experience if they have not been properly prepared, or their needs during the trip are neglected.

First, if your dog has not been used to being in a car, take them for short trips, always before a meal rather than soon afterwards. This will help avoid car- or motion sickness. Make the association with the car ride rewarding for the dog by giving a treat or meal as soon as the trip is over.

How can I avoid carsickness?

Car- or motion sickness is the result of the effect of irregular motion on the balance mechanism of the middle ear. The signs are restlessness, salivation and vomiting. Waiting at least six hours between the last meal and traveling will help. In severe cases of motion sickness, your veterinarian can prescribe medication to be given before a journey.

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