Today is Sunday December 17, 2017

 

Moving With Your Pet

If you’re carrying your pet with you in the moving van (up front, not in the back) or car, here are some tips on pet care during these busy days of travel.

First, be sure to schedule an examination by a veterinarian. The veterinarian may suggest a tranquilizer or some other precautionary measure for the duration of the trip.

Obtain copies of your pet’s health and rabies vaccination records and update identification tags.

Select a portable air-transport kennel that’s large enough for your pet to stand and move around a bit. Most airlines sell or rent these special carriers. Let your pet get accustomed to the kennel well in advance of the trip. Mark the container “Live Animal,” and affix a label that includes your pet’s name, your new address and phone number, and special handling instructions.

A few general tips apply whether you travel by car or plane. Be sure your pet is properly identified with a current tag or a microchip. Grooming (bathing, combing, trimming nails) before a trip, plus having its favorite food, toy(s), and dishes available will make your pet more comfortable. Have both proof of rabies vaccination and a current health certificate with you when crossing state or international borders.

 

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