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Taking Your Pet on Vacation? Here Some things to Know!

Before packing for your next vacation this summer, consider these important tips while traveling with your pet. 1. Will my pet be comfortable and happy during the travels? Some animals simply prefer to stay at home and a “homesick”, possibly motion-sick pet will ruin everyone’s trip. In such a case it’s probably wiser to leave your pet with a friend or relative or hire a “pet sitter”. 2. If you decide to take your pet along, you must take as much care with the preparation of your pet’s trip as your own. If you plan to travel by plane, bus, train, find out if your pet will be welcome and, what kind of reservations and transport arrangements must be made. If you’ll be staying at hotels, motels or campgrounds, you must check if animals are allowed or if kennel facilities are available. If your staying with friends or family, make sure that your pet is also invited. 3.Ensure your pet ALWAYS wears a collar with complete identification and a license tag. Microchipping & Registering your pet is the way to ensure you will retrieve your animal should it be lost. Have your pet examined and vaccinated, if necessary, by your veterinarian before a long trip. If your pet must travel in a crate or carrier, be sure it is strong, large enough for him to stand and turn around, has a place for food and water, is well ventilated, has a leak-proof bottom and closes securely. 4. Contact the airline you wish to fly well in advance-each has its own regulations and reservations for your pet will be necessary. Be sure to ask about the airline’s rules for pet carriers. Try to book a direct [...]