The summer months have arrived and many people love to go away with their pets. For most pets, going on holiday means a car journey. This requires careful planning to ensure that your furry friend is safe and happy.
Visit your Vet
Visit your vet and discuss vaccinations and medication before you go away. Check if your pet is due flea & worm treatment whilst you’re away and don’t forget to purchase any special diet food if required. A rapid change of diet, especially if it was prescribed by a veterinarian, can cause upset tummies and digestive problems so plan ahead.
O’Reilly and Fee strongly recommend Microchipping pets – thousands of pets go missing every year and a microchip can mean the difference between your pet being lost forever or returned to you safely. If you haven’t yet microchipped your pet, do so before going on holiday when the chances of getting lost in unfamiliar surroundings are higher. If you pet is already microchipped, double check that your details are up-to-date on the Microchipping database.
Travelling long distances can be a traumatic experience, especially for a pet used to only very short car journeys. Correctly fitted seat belt harnesses are ideal for dogs, while a sturdy good-sized carrier that’s securely positioned in the car is a must for cats when travelling. Plan plenty of toilet stops and allow your pet to stretch safely. Never be tempted to leave your pet alone in the car, it can take just minutes for a dog to die from heat stroke. It is very important to carry plenty of drinking water and a bowl for your pet, even on short journeys and avoid feeding your pet just before the journey.
Although you may be going away to relax, your pets will still need exercise. Don’t walk your dog in the midday sun and if the weather is particularly warm keep exercise calm and avoid long walks.