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sure your pet is healthy before you leave and that all vaccinations
are up to date. If your dog is on regular medication, make sure that
you have a sufficient supply for the length of your trip. This also
applies to any special foods or ointments. You will also need a health
certificate signed by your veterinarian if you are flying with the
an adequate supply of food and the water your dog is used to along
with favorite toys or a special bed if he/she has one.
sure that your dog is wearing a secure collar with an ID tag on it.
You can also make a temporary tag of cardboard with the address and
phone number of your destination. Tape it to the collar with some
strong, clear tape. You might also pack a recent photo in case the
dog is separated from you at your destination.
leaving, look up veterinarians near your destination so you will know
where to go quickly in case of an emergency.
your dog comfortable and safe, especially in the car. Remember to
keep the auto well ventilated for the animal, park in the shade when
you stop for lunch and do not leave the dog unattended in the car
for long periods of time. Don't forget that an automobile can heat
up enough to become deadly in a matter of just minutes! Do not let
your dog ride on your lap while you are driving. The safest place
for your dog to ride is in a crate. (See our Crate
all travel accommodations ahead of time. Many hotels and motels do
not accept pets or have only a limited number of rooms available to
people with pets, so try to have all your reservations made well in
advance of your trip.
sure your dog has good manners. He/she should know the basic commands
"quiet," "come," "sit" and "stay"
so that the dog will be a courteous and welcome guest.
your manners too! Cleaning up after your pet is vitally important
to the future of traveling with dogs. Inconsiderate people who do
not clean up make it more difficult for others to find accommodations
that will allow pets.
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