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Things to Know Before Traveling with your Pet

By Terrell James


Traveling with your pet can be a very fun experience. What better way for you and your loyal companion to explore new surroundings and adventures? Now before anyone takes a trip they should be well prepared. Since pets can not do preparations for themselves, you will have to do it for your pet. Here is some general advice and tips you should know before you take your pet along on a trip.

Check Your Pet’s Condition.

You should be aware of your pet’s physical condition before traveling. You should go to your veterinarian to check on your pet. Make sure your pet has all the necessary vaccinations and health certificates. Pets that are sick, pregnant, too young or old shouldn’t be taken on a trip, and you should instead consider a pet sitter when you leave.

Driving in a Car

When you have your pet in a car, you should have it in a carrier or a pet seatbelt. Don’t allow your pet to stick its head out of the window. Besides the possibility of being hit by something, your pet can become carsick. If the weather is hot, you should have the air conditioning on.

When you drive, you should take several breaks to let your pet go to the bathroom. Never let your pet stay unattended for long periods of time in the car alone, even in a shaded area (the shade will move over time). The car might over-heat and dehydrate your pet. (* During hot summer days, never leave your pet unattended in a car, even for a short period of time.)

You should not let your pet loose when traveling. The pet might run into traffic, get lost, etc.

Things to Bring for Your Pet

  • Pet Food — You should feed your pet the brand you usually feed it, and avoid suddenly changing the diet. So if you are unsure if your brand will be available where you are going, bring some food.
  • Bring Water — Bring about two-three gallons of water
  • Two leashes and an extra collar
  • Photograph of pet — There has been times when pets became lost when traveling with their owners. You should also bring a description of your pet. These will help greatly if unfortunately your pet becomes lost.
  • Pet toys
  • First aid kits
  • Pet comb/brush

The general advice in this article will be helpful to anyone who wants to travel with his or her pet.

About The Author: The author of this article Terrell, is the webmaster and owner of the new website Costa Rica Travel www.costa-ricatravel.comwhich is about his backpacking experience in Cloud Forest in Costa Rica.

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