- Before moving your pet, be sure that it is in good health. Schedule a physical exam with your veterinarian to determine if anything is needed before you begin your trip.
- If you are traveling by auto it may be wise to use a pet carrier. Make sure to exercise your pet at rest stops, always s placing a leash on before you let the pet out of the car. If you must leave your pet in the car, avoid parking in the hot sun and be absolutely sure to leave the windows open a few inches.
- If you are planning to stay in hotels or motels along the way, find out in advance which will or will not allow your pet to stay with you. Know that your pet is as welcome as you are.
- If you cannot take your pet with you, there are pet transportation companies. No matter what method is chosen, special requirements must be considered. Vaccinations, interstate health certificates, and entry permits may be required.
- Your pet can be transported by air or rail but, again, certain requirements must be met. Reservations should be made early. A pet carrier is advisable. Attach any instructions for feeding, emergencies, or protection if your pet is going to be out of your care and dependent on others. Make certain that owner name and address tags cannot tear off or be lost.
- A lightly fed pet travels better so you may wish to regulate food and water before traveling.
- If traveling with a cat, you should have the nails cut. A nervous cat may inflict damage not only on strangers, but also may tear out a nail or two.
- No matter what method of transportation is used, sedation may be required. Many veterinarians will prescribe the use of a mild tranquilizer for the trip. Be sure to follow recommendation and dosage requirements exactly.
- Upon arrival be as reassuring as possible and offer plenty of understanding and affection.
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