Summer is a big time for traveling for many families, and those who own pets know how challenging it can be to go on vacation with an animal in tow. However, you don't have to dread getting away from it all with your cat or dog as long as you take the proper precautions. Flea and tick control, veterinary visits and a bit of grooming are typically all part of the equation when it comes to planning a vacation with an animal. Here are some additional tips to take into account if you want to maintain cat or dog wellness while you're traveling.
1. Use an adequate parasite treatment
Even if you've been to the location you're going to be visiting before, you can never be sure about the parasites that are lurking nearby. For this reason, it's a good idea to utilize a product such as the Hartz® UltraGuard Pro® Flea & Tick Treatment for Dogs and Puppies before you head on vacation. These topical drops can keep fleas, ticks and mosquitoes away from your pet for up to 30 days, and similar items are available for cats. By using a preventative treatment, you can gain peace of mind knowing you also won't be bringing unwanted parasites home from your vacation.
2. Prepare for the unexpected
Animals can be unpredictable, and this factor can be even more difficult to handle when you're on vacation. However, you can ensure that you're prepared by bringing your pet's medical records along for the ride, according to The Huffington Post. It's also a good idea to have your dog or cat tagged and identified, whether it be with an actual collar or electronically.
3. Know the terms and conditions
Whether you're traveling by plane or train, you're going to want to make sure you know what is and isn't permitted when traveling with a pet. Do your homework before you leave to prevent any hold-ups along the way. The Carroll County Times also recommended having your pet checked out at the vet before leaving to make sure he or she is up-to-date on his or her vaccinations. Your veterinarian will also be able to give you insight into some risks that may come with traveling to a specific area with your cat or dog.
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