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Planning a Vacation With Your Pet

Jul 12, 2008
Are you getting ready to go on vacation with your pet? If so, you aren't alone. In fact, a growing number of pet owners are deciding to take their pets with them when they travel. In order to your vacation a pleasant experience for both you and your pet, however, there are several things you should keep in mind.

Determine if Your Pet is Really Ready to Travel

Before you begin making vacation plans that included your four-legged friend, you need to make an honest assessment of your pet's temperament. Is your pet really ready to travel? If your pet has any of these conditions, you should probably send it to a pet sitter or kennel while you are traveling:

* Your pet is very young
* Your pet is very old
* Your pet is ill
* Your pet is pregnant
* Your pet is recovering from surgery

If your pet is extremely hyper, suffers from anxiety, or is otherwise easily upset, taking it on vacation may not be a very good idea.

Get a Clean Bill of Health

Even if your pet seems to be perfectly healthy, you should still take a trip to the veterinarian's office before you head out on vacation. Discuss your travel plans with your veterinarian and ask about any risks you should be concerned about. In addition, you should discuss what you should do if any of these risks occur, such as if your pet becomes carsick or restless while traveling.

You should also make certain your pet's vaccinations are up to date and you should obtain a rabies certificate to take with you while on the trip. If you are traveling by air, you will be required to present this certificate. Even if you are not going by plane, having this on hand will help you avoid potential heartache if your pet nips at someone while traveling. You might also want to consider having your veterinarian insert a microchip that will help you locate your pet if you become separated.

Purchasing a Pet Carrier

With your pet properly prepared to travel, you now need to purchase a pet carrier. The carrier needs to be sturdy and secure so your pet cannot escape. It also needs to be well-ventilated and roomy enough for your pet to be able to stand up and turn around. Be sure to allow your pet to spend time in the carrier before the trip. That way, your pet will be used to the carrier and, hopefully, will be comfortable with having to spend time inside of it. The carrier should also have handles on the outside. That way, if someone else needs to handle the carrier, there is no risk of that person getting bitten.

Be certain to print your pet's name on the outside of the carrier with a permanent marker. You should also write your name, your address and your phone number. In addition to writing your personal address, you should also write your destination so you and your pet can be reunited as quickly as possible if you are separated. After all, the last thing you want is to be worried about your pet when you should be enjoying a memorable vacation together.
About the Author
CS Swarens is the president of Find a Pet Online. 800 998-7065 For additional information on dogs, cats, birds, horses, and exotic pets visit the internet's pet resource including pet classifieds at http://www.findapetonline.com. Research over 430 pet breed profiles at http://www.findapetonline.com/breeds.html
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