Make Summer Vacations a Breeze for You and Your Pet

June 15, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Summer vacation. Everyone looks forward to that time of traveling, relaxing, and getting away from the daily grind. The aspirations of getting away from it all (work, school, waking up early, etc.) begin as soon as the New Year arrives and passes.

However, there seems to always be one lingering issue when it comes to planning a great summer getaway: what do you do about your pet? Well, luckily for you, traveling with your pet doesn’t have to be a nightmare. It’s all about planning ahead. Here are some helpful tips that will make your vacation stress-free.

  • Check www.petswelcome.com for a listing of cities and “pets welcome” lodging, first.
  • Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian for a checkup before you leave. Ask about any vaccinations that might prove helpful. Also ask for a health certificate to take with you.
  • If flying, visit your airline’s website or call customer services to find out about their pet policies.
  • Make a vacation pet tag: Print out your pet’s name, your name, a phone number that can be reached at your vacation spot, your vet’s name and phone number, and the duration of your vacation on a piece of card stock. Cut it into a circular tag and attach to your pet’s collar, in case they get lost.
  • Before leaving, gather up contact information for your vet, photos of your pet, again, just in case they get lost, a leash, medications (including flea and tick), and your pet’s favorite toys.
  • If driving, ensure that your pet has plenty of food and water available. Make sure they also get fresh air every once in a while, as well as giving their legs a stretch.
  • Re-use plastic grocery bags to collect any droppings they might have left behind at the rest stop.
  • Do not leave your pet unattended with the windows up in the car, or even with the window cracked open. Cars can become extremely hot in the sun, even with the window slightly opened.
  • Upon arriving at your destination, relax and have fun!

Remember, traveling isn’t always for every pet, especially long trips. Make sure to check with your vet beforehand to see if your pet is up for the trip.

Follow these helpful guidelines and you should be digging your feet in the sand, soaking up the sun, and having a blast in the surf right along with your pet. Your trip will be relaxing and memorable, while the actual “getting there” part will be a breeze.

Written by: Heal from Pet Loss intern Sean Mikita. Currently a senior at Duquesne University.

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  1. Sean, these are wonderful tips! Another way to be well prepared for traveling with your dog is to get the “Not Without My Dog” Resource & Record Book. For daily use, travel, and emergencies, this book keeps all of your dog’s information in one place. View the video at http://tinyurl.com/ydllqn6, look inside the book at http://tinyurl.com/y438s9q and order online at http://www.8StateKate.net.
    “This book is a must-have for all dog lovers and would make a great gift. There is nothing else like it!” —Dr. Marty Becker, “America’s Veterinarian”

    • Jenny,
      I’ll pass your thank you on to my intern, Sean! Your Not Without My Dog book is a great resource and wonderful story. It’s amazing where inspiration can come from! The inspiration for my CD came following the death of my two dogs in four months. I adopted a sweet 11 year old Cattle Dog-Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Hound mix (not from Katrina). Since I’m we’ve both published from a personal experience, I would love to connect sometime if you’re open to it. Best wishes with continued success! Karen


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