December 1, 2021

As spring and summer approach many of us are getting ready to take vacations. Some of us will take our dogs with us, while others will be thinking of boarding our dog while we’re gone. Whatever you choose there are some important things to keep in mind to keep your dog safe and healthy.

Travel

Car Rides:

It is important to remember that travel can be stressful on your dog. New places, people, long car rides and more can also cause anxiety. A little anxiety is normal but if your pet gets very anxious or car sick ask your veterinarian for some medications that can help. Remember to let your dog have plenty of potty breaks and walks and always keep them on a leash. Feed them their normal food at a normal time to keep routine. Also remember not to leave your pet unattended in the car, especially in warm weather. A car can heat up to deadly temperatures extremely fast!

Car crashes can also be a danger for pet’s who are not properly secured. Keep your pet in a crate or use a harness that attaches to a seatbelt. Avoid keeping unbuckled pets on your lap and if you use a harness make sure its not in a seat with an activated airbag as most dogs are too small and can be killed by airbags.

Health Certificates:

To travel with your pet out of state (and out of the country) they will need a health certificate, otherwise known as a CVI (certificate of veterinary inspection). This states that your pet is in good health and has received any required vaccinations for entry to that state and can only be signed by a USDA accredited veterinarian. If you are just traveling through a state for less that 10 days you may not need one. It is good for 30 days but most airlines want one within 10 days of your pet flying.