TRAVEL TIPS FOR PETS
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) Visit www.petpoisonhelpline.com/ 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.