Safe cruis­ing with furry friends

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Sum­mer has ar­rived, which means hol­i­days at the beach and catch­ing up with friends and fam­ily over the hol­i­day pe­riod.

When trav­el­ling away from home there is plenty to re­mem­ber and one of the most es­sen­tial is en­sur­ing the safe care of your pets.

Whether your four- legged friends join you on hol­i­day or are cared for by oth­ers, there are a few im­por­tant things to re­mem­ber.

‘‘Many peo­ple choose to use the great ser­vices of­fered by board­ing ken­nels and cat­ter­ies while they are away, so their pets are in a pro­tected en­vi­ron­ment with some­one to care for them. It is im­por­tant to en­sure all vac­ci­na­tions are up-to-date and any spe­cial re­quire­ments are dis­cussed well be­fore pets go in for board­ing,’’ said Dr Nigel Kit­tow from Mata­mata Vet Ser­vices.

Your friendly neigh­bour or friend may be avail­able to come and feed your pets while you are on hol­i­day. This works for a short time, but is not ideal for an ex­tended pe­riod.

Some peo­ple wish to take their pets on their trav­els, but there are a few po­ten­tial haz­ards to man­age.

Dr Nigel Kit­tow rec­om­mends:

All cats and ide­ally small dogs should travel in cages, as they can cause se­ri­ous dan­ger around the driver’s feet and risk es­cap­ing when doors are opened.

Large dogs should be re­strained. Seat belt at­tach­ments are avail­able to pur­chase from Mata­mata Vets.

Travel with a bowl, water and a lead. When you stop for a break put your dog on a lead and never let them out on the driver’s side of the ve­hi­cle.

Ev­ery year pets die from heat ex­haus­tion af­ter be­ing left in­side ve­hi­cles.

It is very dan­ger­ous to leave an­i­mals in ve­hi­cles even on an over­cast day. Heat ex­haus­tion can over­come the an­i­mals in a mat­ter of min­utes. Dog breeds like bulldogs and pugs are es­pe­cially vul­ner­a­ble.

En­sure pets are well- named with tags/ col­lars or ide­ally a mi­crochip. Mi­crochips are avail­able for cats and dogs and are reg­is­tered on a na­tional data­base. They are an in­valu­able tool to en­sure own­ers and pets are re­united.

‘‘Have piece of mind this sum­mer by know­ing that your pets are safe and well taken care of. En­joy the hol­i­days,’’ Dr Kit­tow said.

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