Taking Your Dog On Vacation – The Important Medical Considerations

Taking Your Dog On Vacation – The Important Medical Considerations

If the you can’t bear to see that sad little face as you leave Max or Princess imprisoned in a kennel while you jet off to an exotic location is too hard for you to bear, you could consider taking the WHOLE family, including everybody’s best friend on vacation with you.

Just as you need to make your own preparations for going away, there are also steps you need to take and plans you should make when taking your precious Lassie with you. You will be well rewarded for your care and concern because with the proper planning you do not need to worry about her while you travel. So here then are some preparation essentials to ensure you have the best vacation possible.

Medical Requirements: Here’s what to ask your vet:-

  • Take Bruno to see your vet at least 10 days to 2 weeks before you leave home.
  • Make sure that all Buddy’s vaccinations and inoculations have been done and if not, leave enough time for him to get over any adverse effects before the flight.
  • Make an assessment on how Mollie behaves at the vet surgery, and ask the vet’s opinion about the need for tranquilizers for the journey.
  • Get Chuck’s nails clipped so that he cannot be harmed in the pet carrier interior.
  • Make sure you have a valid health certificate for Pookey. Protect it like you do your passport because authorities will be asking for it at every stop.

Advance Travel Arrangements: Make sure that you know what conditions are likely to be experienced in the hold so that you can assess how comfortable Lola will be on the flight.

  • If you are taking Toby interstate, and especially if you plan to have your vacation in a different country, it is worth your while to contact the relevant authorities to make sure that you will be allowed not only to take him in, but also to bring the him back. Some states and countries have strict quarantine restrictions
  • Find and book appropriate accommodation. You may be surprised to find how many overseas resorts and hotels readily welcome and accept Sadieas part of your entourage (especially some overseas destinations)

Packing Requirements: What do you need to take for Fido?

Comfort and safety are the primary requirements when it comes to a pet carrier, but it is worth calling airline to ask them what their pet carrier requirements are. Ideally you can reduce stress levels significantly if you give Coco a few weeks to get used to the pet carrier. It should be big enough for her to stand, turn around and lie down in.

  • Familiar objects or bedding. In order to minimize stress, you should put at least one familiar and safe object into the pet carrier to settle Winstonin there.
  • Take a leash in your own carry-on luggage so that as soon as you are able to liberate Bella from her temporary prison as soon as possible after the flight.
  • You may need to ask your vet for mild tranquilizers for the flights to and from your destination just in case Rusty shows signs of stress, separation anxiety or claustrophobia.
  • Before leaving for the airport, administer any tranquilizing medication from your vet, and make sure it has taken effect when you leave Shadow at the check-in counter.
  • When you reach your destination, please don’t forget that Fido has not had the luxury of an on-board bathroom to use, so get him out of the pet carrier as soon as you can and let him “go”.
  • Give him a thorough inspection when he gets out of the pet carrier. If you see anything wrong or out of character, then make sure you get Bruce to a vet as soon as possible. Ask for a full report from that vet (and get it translated if necessary)

A vacation with man’s best friend can be a joy and pleasure, so don’t be put off by the extra arrangements you have to make, you will have forgotten about all that long before the memories of taking your extra special family member with you for the time of your lives.