Travel Tips for Your Furry Friend

kitten in pet carrier and chihuahua

Many families choose to bring their pets along for the ride when they embark on summertime adventures. We do too! While traveling can be fun for you and your pets, keeping them safe on the road is important for comfort as well as good health.

Keep Pets Confined

Cats can be a bit unpredictable and therefore should always travel in a carrier to keep them safe and confined. Make sure your pet’s carrier has ample room for him to move. If you are planning to bring your pet with you in the cabin of a plane, check ahead of time with the airline to ensure your travel carrier meets their beneath-the-seat standards.

Although you may be tempted to allow your dog to roam free in the car, this can present a safety hazard to you and your pet. Dr Chastain’s father’s dog was once serious injured in an automobile accident. When the brakes were slammed on, the dog was thrown from the back seat into the front dashboard, resulting in several broke ribs and a number of bruises. That’s why we say keep your dog in a carrier or crate while on the road. That way the pet cannot be ejected or thrown around inside the car in event of an accident, nor can the pet distract the driver. Place all carriers and crates in the back seat of your car, as airbag deployment in the front seat can harm your pet. If possible, buckle the crate or carrier in place so it cannot shift when you make turns or come to a stop.

Use Identification

Although careful supervision can prevent your pet from running away or becoming lost, you can’t watch your pet every single second of the day and accidents can happen. Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with up-to-date identification and contact information at all times. It is also a great idea to have your pet microchipped —this easy, painless procedure will ensure that your pet always has his identification with him, even if he manages to slip his collar. The more ways you provide for someone who has found your pet to get in touch with you, the higher the chances are that you will be notified when he is found.

Whether you choose to travel with your pet or board him with us, Chastain Veterinary Medical Group can help you and your pet enjoy your summer vacation. Contact us by calling Meadow Brook Animal Hospital at (972) 529-5033 or Preston Road Animal Hospital at (972) 239-1309 to speak with one of our experienced veterinary specialists or visit our website for additional information about our veterinary group

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