School is out and summer is officially right around the corner! And for many people, that means summer vacation. Whether you’re traveling hundreds of miles from home or just going up the road a bit, there are a few things to consider before taking your pet with you on summer vacation.
First, make sure your pet likes to travel and is allowed where you’re going. If not, find a good boarding facility or a reliable pet-sitter. Second, make sure your pet is up to date on vaccinations. This will help protect them from diseases spread by wildlife or unvaccinated dogs or cats they may encounter. Next, ensure that your pet’s ID tag and microchip information are current; including several phone numbers and the city you are from can increase the likelihood your pet is returned to you in the event they become lost.
If you plan to cross state lines or international borders with your pet, he or she will likely need a health certificate. This health certificate must be signed by an accredited veterinarian after he or she examines your pet. Lastly, keep your pet up to date on heartworm and flea/tick prevention. While your pet is susceptible to diseases spread by mosquitos, fleas and ticks year-round, summer is prime time for these insects and arachnids!
For more information on the above suggestions, call your local veterinarian and visit https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/Traveling-with-Your-Pet-FAQs.aspx