Cockburn Gazette - - AT THE MOVIES -

THE Easter long week­end is a favourite time for fam­ily camp­ing trips, which of­ten in­cludes ca­nine fam­ily mem­bers too.

PET­s­tock vet­eri­nar­ian Rod Sharpin said it was es­sen­tial peo­ple were pre­pared for all stages of the trip when tak­ing their pet pooch on a camp­ing ad­ven­ture.

1) Start small. Try out some mini-trips so your pet gets used to trav­el­ling in the car be­fore em­bark­ing on a longer jour­ney.

2) En­sure your pet has mi­crochip iden­ti­fi­ca­tion or at the very least has a col­lar and ID tag on it with your cur­rent mo­bile num­ber. A travel tag with con­tact de­tails in­clud­ing where you’re stay­ing is a good idea.

3) En­sure your pet is healthy be­fore em­bark­ing on a long trip and all vac­ci­na­tions are up-to­date. Ticks are com­mon in Aus­tralia and are found in dense bush and long grass. A tick bite can make your pet per­ilously ill, so it’s im­por­tant that you ar­range flea and tick pro­tec­tion at your lo­cal vet clinic be­fore you leave, as well as main­tain vig­i­lance when you travel. Just in case, have the con­tact de­tails for a vet at your des­ti­na­tion and, if it’s a long trip, vet clin­ics along the way.

4) En­sure your ac­com­mo­da­tion is pet-friendly and call ahead to see if they have any ad­di­tional re­quire­ments e.g. a pet bond, most re­cent vac­ci­na­tion records etc.

1) Make sure your pet is se­cure in the car. An un­re­strained pet can cause ma­jor dis­trac­tions to a driver and dur­ing a col­li­sion can be­come a pro­jec­tile, caus­ing harm to them­selves and other pas­sen­gers. Use a suit­able re­straint.

2) Bring plenty of food and wa­ter. It’s best to al­ways carry a bot­tle of fresh wa­ter and a travel bowl in case you can’t find a tap.

3) En­sure there is com­fort­able bed­ding or a travel crate for your pet to sleep in (don’t for­get favourite toys and com­fort items).

4) Stop ev­ery three hours for toi­let and ex­er­cise breaks but be sure to keep your dog on a lead in an un­fa­mil­iar en­vi­ron­ment.

5) Most im­por­tantly: Never leave your pet alone in a locked car.

1) Pets can be­come in­jured while ex­plor­ing the great out­doors. For bleed­ing, ap­ply pres­sure; if your dog gets burnt, cool the area; for dif­fi­culty breath­ing, check that there are no for­eign ob­jects in your dog’s mouth. 2) Pack a first-aid kit for the trip. 3) In­clude ban­dages and dress­ings. Sa­line should be packed in case you need to wash your pet’s eyes and pet sun­screen to pro­tect hair­less ar­eas like around the nose and belly.

4) En­sure your dog avoids drink­ing stag­nant wa­ter.

5) Visit­poi­son­ poi­sons if you need to find out more in­for­ma­tion about a plant that’s com­monly found where you plan to camp.

6) Nights out in the out­doors can be­come chilly for hu­mans and pets alike. Make sure your furry friend stays rugged up and warm.

Make sure the whole fam­ily has a safe and happy trip.

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