I'm thrilled to be a part of the second annual Pet 'Net Event hosted by Petside.com. This year, nearly 30 pet-focused bloggers and site editors are coming together to promote pet safety, including other Pet Guides here at About.com.
Travel Safety and Your Dog
The holiday season is fast approaching, and that means getting together with family and friends. With this, often comes the need for travel. Like me, you probably think of your dog as family, so you may want to bring her along if it's feasible. Traveling with your dog can be an enjoyable bonding experience, but safety should be top priority. Know what steps you can take to keep your dog from becoming injured or lost so you and your dog (or other pets) can travel with confidence. Here are some tips to get you started.
- Identification should be on your pet at ALL TIMES. At the very least, this includes a collar with ID tags. If traveling in a kennel/crate (usually if by air), be sure the crate is properly marked in multiple locations. For additional security, you may choose to have a microchip implanted. However, this does not replace the need for a collar and tag.
- Accommodations, whether you are staying in a hotel or a private home, should designate an appropriate pet walk area. This should be well-lit, free of hazards like steep slopes or thick overgrowth, and have adequate space for your dog to "do her business." If you are permitted to leave your pet unattended, be sure others know she is there (a sign on your room door works in a hotel - many even provide this). Do not leave your pet alone for long periods of time in an unfamiliar place. She would be better off boarding or with a pet sitter if you cannot be with her.
- Be Prepared for emergencies and unexpected events. Before the trip, make a list of veterinarians in the area of your destination, including 24-hour emergency clinics. Remember to bring your pet's medical records and medications, if applicable. A quick guide for handling emergencies can also be helpful, such as the Pet Emergency Pocket Guide. Finally, do not forget a leash (and bring along an extra one, just in case).
Be sure to check out more pet safety information from other pet experts participating in this event:
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