What do You Do with Your Pets When You Go on a Journey?

It’s tempting to want to bring your pets with you.

While you may find it hard to be away from your animal for a while, your pets may be feel worse by coming along. Consider their health and emotional needs before deciding to bring them along.

If you have any doubts about whether it’s appropriate for your pet to travel, talk to your veterinarian and make sure your animal is up to date on all vaccinations and in good health before you leave.  Some forms of travel and destinations will require your pet to have a veterinary exam in advance.

Some animals aren’t suitable for travel due to temperament, illness or physical impairment. If you decide it’s best for your pet to come along, make sure you’ve got the supplies to keep them comfortable and familiarize yourself with any pet-related restrictions or requirements set by airlines, hotels or states, etc.

Think about where your pets would be happiest. You may think that your pets won’t be able to tolerate separation from you. But if you are vacationing, will you have to leave them in a hotel room or strange kennel? That will make them more anxious than ever. So finding a pet-sitter and leaving them in their own home would probably be a better choice.

If you arrange for someone to care for your pets while you’re away, give the caretaker your contact information, the name and telephone number of your veterinarian and your pet’s medical or dietary needs. You should also make sure that your pet’s comfortable with the person. This person should come to your home to visit a couple of times before you leave.

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