Pet Travel: Cool pet products that make vacation a breeze

Is pet travel in your plans this summer? If you’re getting ready to hit the road with your pet, whether you are going on a weekend getaway or extended vacation, it helps to be prepared. Packing a bag for your pet with food, treats, toys and other items from home (favorite blanket or bed) will take some of the stress out of pet travel.

Before you go, check with your vet to make sure your pet is up-to-date on all vaccinations and flea, tick and heartworm protection. You should also get a copy of your pet’s veterinary records in case of emergency. This should include a list of when your pet was most recently vaccinated and another special information that would be important in an emergency.

Make sure your pet is microchipped and that the company your pet is registered to has your updated contact information. Proper identification – from rabies tags, city registration and a general ID tag – should also be affixed to your pet’s collar just in case you get separated.

When making reservations for pet travel, check ahead to make sure pets are welcome where you’ll be staying and find out the rules and restrictions prior to your visit. And, don’t forget a harness and leash (for your kitty to) so that you can have your pet under control when not in the carrier, car or your room.

For a look at safety and pet travel, read yesterday’s story. Tomorrow we’ll look at some carrier options. Here are some items to pack to make the trip go more smoothly.

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