Traveling with petsAre you travelling with your pet these summer holidays? It can be lots of fun and your pet will love being included in the adventure, but you should consider the following before hitting the road:

 1.  How healthy is your pet? You don't want to take your pet on a road trip if they are unwell. Arrange a check up with your vet if you are worried.

 2.  Check vaccinations and parasite prevention are up to date before you leave. Are you visiting a paralysis tick area? (these ticks can be fatal). Is your pet protected against heartworm, fleas and biting flies? We can help you when it comes to using the right protection.

 3.  Pets can easily become lost in an unfamiliar area. Is your pet microchipped and are the details (appropriate phone numbers) attached to the chip up to date? It's a good idea to put a collar on your pet with your details on a tag - this allows you to be reunited ASAP if your pet becomes lost.

 4.  Don't forget to make sure your pet is securely harnessed or secured in a travel crate for the trip. The laws for restraining your pet differ from state to state so check the laws before you leave. Unrestrained pets are dangerous and can cause, or be severely injured in, an accident.

 5.  Things to pack: food, fresh water, travel water bowl, dog lead, dog poo bags, bedding. A basic first aid kit is also a good idea! (Make your own pet first aid kit: self-cohesive bandages of different sizes, gauze swabs, iodine antiseptic, wound dressing, saline, non-adherant dressings, tweezers, disposable scissors, shock blanket, disposable pouch, hypoallergenic tape and gloves.)

 6.  If your pet gets nauseous in the car, you should ask your Vet about the medication available to help reduce motion sickness. We also have a pheromone spray available, Adaptil for dogs and Feliway for cats, that can help reduce anxiety on car trips. See our How To Order page for ordering our prescription medication.

Happy travels!