Offer these travel tips to your veterinary clients

Travel season is here. Help clients keep their pets safe by taking these steps.
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May 23, 2013
By dvm360.com staff

The weather is warming up, and soon your clients will start flocking to the beach, national parks, campsites, or just to grandma’s house. Many will bring their pets along for the ride (or the flight). But are they taking the proper precautions for traveling with pets?

Help keep pets safe by offering them these travel tips, courtesy of Loving Pets, a consumer pet products company:

For air travelers:

> See your veterinarian before flying. He or she will make sure your pet’s physical condition is conducive to flying. You’ll also need a general health certificate and a rabies vaccination certificate issued within 10 days of your flight.

> Choose nonstop flights if available to make traveling easier on your pet and to avoid delays.

> Leave baby pets at home. Airlines won’t allow you to fly with a dog or cat younger than 8 weeks old. Pets must also be weaned at least five days before flying.

> Allow for potty time. Arrive at the airport well before your flight to allow your pet to stretch and take care of business.

For car travelers:

> If your pet gets anxious in the car, take it on several short trips around the neighborhood to get used to riding.

> Always secure your pet with a seat belt harness or a pet care seat. Cats should be contained in a secured crate or with a seat belt.

> Stop every couple of hours to let your pet stretch and take a potty break. Offer a small amount of food and water, but save a full meal for the end of the day, once you’re done driving.

> Always carry pick-up bags and make sure to clean up after your pet.

For all travelers:

> Pack a pet first-aid kit and your pet’s medical records, medications, and health certificate. Also make sure you know the phone numbers of your veterinarian, the National Animal Poison Control Center hotline, and veterinary emergency hospitals in the area you’re traveling.

Help clients understand that, with a little bit of preparation, their pets can travel safely and happily.