Travel with or without your pet

Planning a trip is complicated, especially when you have a pet.

The options:

1 - Go without your pet:

Many animals are very attached to their routine and their things. The stress of being in an unfamiliar environment with new people can cause various problems (destruction, anorexia, etc.) or they may develop a medical condition that was before latent. It is often preferable, particularly for cats, to find someone that your pet knows well and which will go to your home and care for him. In addition, this person will take the time to observe its general attitude, to detect any anomaly that betrays a health problem. If this is not possible, do some research to find the ideal boarding. Note that some veterinarians offer this service.

2- Bring your pet with you:

First, check to see if your destination requires specific vaccination or other obligations. Sometimes you have to fill out a long form with your veterinarian, especially when moving to another country, and this procedure can sometimes take weeks. You can also contact the Ste-Rose Veterinary Hospital to inform you about deworming recommended.

Search about the transportation you’ll take, places you’ll go and activities to do, and identify which ones allow pets and about their specific policies.

Then, try to find the most direct route to the destination. If you get the chance, stop every two hours to allow your pet to exercise, relieve himself and have a snack. The ride will be longer but more pleasant for you and for him. Obviously, never leave your pet alone in the vehicle, as the temperature inside the car rises very quickly. It will inevitably suffer from a heat stroke more quickly than you think and this can cause death.

You should also make a travel kit for your pet that will contain his favorite toy, leash, food and fresh water. Get a belt made for your pets for more safety on the road. If you use a cage, it must be solid, safe, and have a flat floored, be large enough to allow your pet to turn around, lie down and stand up easily. Also make sure he wears his collar, featuring much information as possible at all times.

If your pet is not used to long drives, bring it for a few short trips in the previous days so he gets used to it. See our article on the cage to use it in a comforting way, several days or weeks in advance.

Finally, if your pet as motion sickness or is anxious by nature, it is possible to obtain natural products like probiotics or medication. This could improve its general condition during your vacation. Do not hesitate to contact us.

Have a good trip!
Stephanie Brunelle, T.S.A.

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