Summer travel with pets

Summer is just about here, and many of us are planning our adventures for the season.  But what about the pets?  As an alternative to boarding or using a pet sitter, many pet parents choose to travel with their pets.  This can be a feasible option, but you will want to take some time to prepare first.  Here are some things to consider:

1. Before you decide to take your pet along on a trip – consider how you think it will handle the traveling.  Many pets get stressed when they are away from home and dealing with a constantly changing routine.  You may enjoy the peace of mind in having your pet accompany you on vacation, but does your pet feel the same?

2. Consider where you are going and what activities you will be doing – are they pet-friendly?  City trips will require your pet to be left alone in a strange place for hours at a time.  Your pet must be well house-broken and not prone to excessive barking.  Many National Parks do not allow pets in certain areas, and only a few have kennels in which to leave your pet as you enjoy exploring the park.

3. Remember the heat.  Even a 70 degree day can create excessive heat inside a vehicle and leaving your pet inside on a 90 degree day can be lethal.  Even with the windows cracked, most summer days will be too warm to leave your pet in the car. 

4. Things to take with you:

Water and food dishes

Food – or research stores along the way that sell the food your pet is used to.  A sudden diet change may bring on unwanted diarrhea or vomiting.

Water – keep a supply in the car so your pet can have a drink at any time

Extra leash in case you misplace one

5. Remember to stop every few hours to allow your pet to eliminate and stretch its legs.  Pets get stiff in the car just like we do.

6. If you are interested in having your pet transported for you, here is a link that may help:

http://www.petrelocation.com/frontpage/

7. This site will help you find pet-friendly lodging:

http://www.petswelcome.com/

Traveling with pets can be fun, just remember to be prepared so that you pet receives proper care during your journey.

Have a wonderful and safe summer!

Have a wonderful and safe summer with your pets.

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