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Planning A Road Trip With Your Pet?

By Jenny Anderson, Volunteer

The weather is getting hot and it’s time for vacation. Perhaps you’re planning to bring along  your companion animal. This is a great idea, yet several vital considerations will assure your pet’s safety, health, and happiness while on the road trip.
• Safety begins with a secure collar & tags.  If your pet has a microchip, be sure the contact information is up-to-date.  Do not have too much printed on a tag, as an unscrupulous person could use the personal information.  Have lost pet posters prepared, just in case.  Make sure your pet can move comfortably in the pet carrier you will use —pets should always be contained & secure in the vehicle for their safely, as well as yours.
• Health records, medications, and a first aid kit should be packed along with any other pet supplies.  Sometimes anti-diarrheal and motion sickness medications come in handy. If the trip will be a long one, bring along any prescriptions for refills. Bring along fresh drinking water for the pet as well as all other passengers.
• Happy pets enjoy having a favorite blanket along while sleeping in new surroundings.  Favorite toys, treats, and grooming tools should be included in the pet’s travel tote.  Keep some normalcy to the daily routines, including feeding times.  Avoid feeding just before taking off in the car—an upset stomach could create a very uncomfortable situation for you and the pet.
The tradeoff will be less worry about leaving your special friend and the enjoyment of times shared on the road.  Be very cautious about the temperatures in the vehicle.  Pets require a well-ventilated environment.  Never, ever leave a pet unattended in a parked vehicle, even for just a few minutes.   Recently an elderly lady almost lost her beloved dog when she left the car running while she ran into the store.  A carjacker stole her car with the dog inside.  Fortunately the story had a happy ending and her dog was located, but it was nonetheless a very stressful event for her and the dog.
Once you take plan ahead and take reasonable precautions, you’ll enjoy travel with your companion animal.  Best wishes for a happy and safe summer trip.
The Western Arizona Humane Society is located at 1100 Empire Dr. in Lake Havasu City, 950 Buchannan, Kingman. The shelters are open Monday through Saturday from 8 .m. to 5 p.m., with kennel hours between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.  Call 855-5085 in Lake Havasu or 753-2727 in Kingman for details or online www.westernarizonahumane.org

As published in Today’s News Herald

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