When Fido Comes Along on Your Vacation

MONDAY, June 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Summertime is vacation time, and plenty of people bring their pets along on their adventure, so one expert offers tips on how to make the trip fun for all.

"Before attempting a car ride, acclimate your pet to the harness or crate," said Kit Darling, infection control coordinator at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.

Start by giving your pet short car rides and gradually increasing the length of the rides, she suggested. Pets should have a break from the car every few hours to get exercise and relieve themselves.

As you would with your kids, make sure pets are strapped in to stay safe. Pets can be secured with a harness attached to a seat belt or in a well-ventilated crate, Darling said in a university news release.

Pets shouldn't be untethered in the truck bed, or left alone in a parked car. Summer heat can quickly kill a pet left in a hot car, Darling noted.

"Do not allow your pet to ride with his head outside of the window, as dirt and other debris can enter the eyes, nose and ears, causing injury or infection," she added.

If you're taking your pet by air, be sure to contact the airline to find out about their specific policies. Small pets can usually be kept under your seat. Larger pets will be crated and placed in the cargo hold.

Also, check with the hotel or resort you're staying at to be sure you understand their pet policies, Darling advised.

Don't forget to take along all the pet supplies you'll need, including something your pet is familiar with, and be sure they have ID tags in case they run off.

Darling also wants to remind you to show your pet lots of love and attention, which can make their trip happier.

More information

Visit the Humane Society for more on traveling with your pet.

SOURCE: Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, news release, May 30, 2019

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