Tips for safe trav­el­ling with pets

George Herald - Private Property - - Property News -

Fol­low these prac­ti­cal tips for an easy hol­i­day jour­ney with your pet:

Take your pet for a check-up at the vet to en­sure they're up to trav­el­ling. Make sure their vac­ci­na­tions are up to date and get a copy of their med­i­cal records to take along.

Start tak­ing your pets on shorter drives a while be­fore the trip so they can get used to be­ing in a car, and grad­u­ally in­crease the length of the drives.

Plan your route so you can make fre­quent stops for your pets to re­lieve them­selves and stretch their legs.

Pack a bag with all the es­sen­tials they'll need on the trip such as warmer cloth­ing if your des­ti­na­tion is cold, bed­ding, toys and more than enough food to last the en­tire trip. Also pack a kit for the road with a col­lapsi­ble wa­ter bowl, poop bags and scoop, and a leash.

Ar­range pro­fes­sional care for your pets on days when you'll be out or at­tend­ing events at your des­ti­na­tion. Never leave your pets unat­tended in an un­fa­mil­iar en­vi­ron­ment.

Pre­pare your car with a seat cover and a se­cure har­ness or car­rier to keep your pets safe.

Don't leave your pets alone in the car, and al­ways have your pets on a leash when walk­ing around out­side the car at rest stops.

Stick to the rules and pick up af­ter your pets. En­sure they're trained so that pet-friendly places will keep wel­com­ing you back.

Stick to your pets' nor­mal rou­tine of feed­ing times and walks to min­imise the anx­i­ety of an un­fa­mil­iar en­vi­ron­ment.

Don't feed your pets in the four to six hours be­fore the jour­ney, but make sure to reg­u­larly give them small amounts of wa­ter to keep them hy­drated.

Source: www.your­fam­ily.co.za

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