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Traveling With Your Pet

Leaving the familiarity of home can provoke anxiety in people and animals. If you are traveling by car, be sure to bring along some of your petís favorite toys, a blanket or pillow bed, and his regular food. If your pet is used to sleeping in a crate, bring it along so he can sleep in his familiar space.

We advise keeping pets in a travel safe crate so that the animal is not able to move freely though the car. This covers a few bases. Keeping animals in travel crates prevents them from getting underfoot or on your lap while you are driving ó an obvious hazard ó it prevents them from being thrown from the car should an accident occur, and it prevents them from getting free/running away during rest stops or after minor accidents have occurred. We can tell you that these unhappy events do occur and are reported in the news frequently enough to make them worth noting. If you cannot fit a crate into your car, you can use a pet approved safety belt/harness to keep your pet in her seat, where she belongs.

On that note, make sure your pet is wearing identification at all times, and pack an emergency first aid kit for pets in case of an emergency. And donít forget to take frequent breaks to allow for rest and relief.

For more on traveling with pets, click here.

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11:14AM PST on Dec 28, 2012

Thank you for the advices!

10:20AM PST on Dec 22, 2012

good advice, unfortunately most of it is common sense which a lot of people don't seem to have!

6:02AM PST on Dec 10, 2012

thanks for sharing :)

2:27PM PST on Nov 27, 2012

my kitty likes when people come, she's friendly, and thanks for the tips

11:17AM PST on Nov 27, 2012

Thank you for the tips...

10:40AM PST on Nov 27, 2012

Thanks for the tips.

6:41AM PST on Nov 27, 2012

Happy Merry Christmas Care 2

4:53AM PST on Nov 27, 2012

Stress, no one deserves, even the animals.

11:59PM PST on Nov 26, 2012


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