When traveling by car, keep these things in mind. Plan ahead. Make sure the hotels you're staying at allow pets (if they do, inquire about size limits, some hotels will only accept smaller-sized dogs and also limit the number of dogs you can bring).
Make sure your dog is up to date on vaccinations. Always carry your dog's health certificate and proof of vaccinations.
Use a pet carrier or seat restraint. An unsecured dog may distract the driver or interfere with operation of the vehicle, hurting itself or other passengers. Choose a carrier that allows your dog to stand up and turn around comfortably, yet doesn't provide too much room for extra movement.
Make rest stops. On long trips, it's good to stop every few hours (or more frequently) to let your dog stretch or relieve himself. Be sure to keep your dog on a leash when taking him out of the car for walks.
Provide fresh water. On long trips or warm days, it's essential for your dog to have access to water.
Keep your car's interior comfortable. When traveling during hot days, don't leave your dog alone in a vehicle, even if the windows are rolled down.
Bring things familiar to your dog, such as your dog's food and favorite toy and blanket.
Traveling by Airplane:
Always check your chosen airline's policy on pet travel and find out what carrier sizes it allows. Also inquire about if they need a Health Certificate. Make an appointment with your veterinarian in advance to obtain a Health Certificate.
Your dog will most likely travel in the cargo hold of the plane, so it's best not to travel in extremely hot or cold weather. Include your name, address and telephone number on the crate in case he gets lost or misplaced in transit. You also should include the name, address, and telephone number of your destination. Note: Some airlines allow small pets to travel with their owners in the passenger cabin, ask your airline if they can make this accommodation for your dog.
Most veterinarians don't recommend tranquilizing pets before air travel, because tranquilized pets can have difficulty regulating their body temperature and blood pressure. In addition, sedated pets can lose their balance, which increases their potential for injury.
Make sure your dog is up to date on vaccinations. Always carry your dog's health certificate and proof of vaccinations. Do not feed your pet just before traveling due to the potential for an upset stomach during the flight. Bring things familiar to your dog, such as your dog's favorite toy or blanket and place in the crate.
Never travel with an ill pet, check with your veterinarian before any car or air travel to determine if your dog is healthy enough to travel.
Obinna Heche: Los Angeles- California
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