Traveling with your pets can be fun but only if you look out for his health and wellness along the way. Here some pet care tips from Arch Creek Animal Clinic regarding various modes of travel.

By car – We recommend that you bring a cooler containing plenty of water. Never leave your pet in the car, even with the windows down, unless the air conditioner is running; cabin temperatures can easily reach 140 degrees or higher in minutes, causing death.

By plane – Ask the airline whether they will store your pet before planning your plane trip; many of them will not assume the risk during hot summer months. Get your pet acquainted with carrier travel before attempting a flight, and withhold food 4 to 6 hours beforehand.

By boat – If you are planning a boating trip, your pet can go with you, but you must take proper precautions. No matter how well you think they might be able to swim, attach a doggie life vest to them just in case. When planning a cruise, ask the liner about their and pet policies and whether it maintains a kennel. Finally, do not let your pet ingest seawater, because the salt content can cause vomiting or diarrhea.

Our North Miami Veterinarians Can Help You Prepare for Your Trip

Regardless of the mode of travel, you must make sure your pet’s health status does not cancel your plans. If you cross state or national borders, for instance, you must have proof of current vaccinations. Bring your pet to Arch Creek Animal Clinic for a pre-travel check. We can help you and your pet enjoy many fabulous journeys together — and if your pet simply cannot go with you, remember that we also provide boarding services!