It's summer, and you probably can't wait to go away somewhere on a trip and create some new and exciting memories. Of course, you don't want your pet to miss out on the fun.
However, if you plan to take your pet on a trip with you, you should book an appointment with your local vet before you start packing. Here's why:
Get Your Pet's Health Checked before You Leave
Has it been a while since your pet's last check-up? Take him/her in before going on a trip, especially if it's for an extended amount of time.
You need to make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date so it will be a safe and fun trip for you both.
You'll want to do your best to prevent your pet from getting sick while in a different city, or worse, a foreign country. It will be harder for your pet to get the medical attention it needs while away from home.
Your pet might seem healthy and happy to you, but bear in mind some symptoms of certain diseases are very subtle.
Get a Health Certificate for Your Pet
When traveling with your pet, it's best to have a health certificate from your local vet with you at all times. It's important to know:
- Many states require an up-to-date medical certificate, which shows your pet is healthy to travel and therefore presents no risk of passing any disease to other animals or humans.
- You might be asked for this certificate at some hotels when checking in with your pet.
- Airlines often require this certificate, so if you plan on traveling with your pet by plane, this is a must.
No matter where you’re headed, this useful document might save you a lot of trouble while traveling with your pet.
Find out If Any Additional Vaccines Are Necessary
Before you hit the road, make sure you are acutely aware of the risks of disease to your pet based on your particular travel destination.
It's paramount you are well-informed and have your pet vaccinated appropriately based on the health threats your pet might encounter.
Your local vet will be the best resource to help you understand all the risks and point to the best solutions.
Get Reliable Advice from Your Local Vet
Nothing beats the knowledge and experience of a professional vet.
Once you tell your vet about your travel plans, they might offer you advice and suggestions on topics which probably never crossed your mind. It's best to find out as much in advance as you can about what you should expect when traveling with your pet.
This way, you'll ensure the vacation will truly be a relaxing and fun experience for you and your pet!
Have a Safe Trip!
A healthy pet makes for the best travel buddy! Make sure you offer your pet the attention and care it deserves.
The sooner you book an appointment for your pet, the faster you can check this off your list, pack up, and get going!