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Tips for Traveling with Fido and Felix
(NC)—As you prepare for your pet's big adventure with the family, here are some travel Dos (and one travel Don't) to help get you off to the right start:
Do visit your veterinarian before you leave to ensure your pet is ready to travel. Request an updated health certificate with information on vaccinations and if necessary, re-stock your pet's medication. Be sure to find out what to include in your pet's first aid kit.
Do update your pet's tags with your cell phone number, or have your pet microchipped. Bring a current photo and description so if they get lost, you won't be scrambling.
Do reserve ahead at a pet-friendly hotel chain like Days Inn, where they tell us that over 50 hotels across Canada welcome your furry friends. Make sure they know to expect your pet, and confirm the details of your reservation before you leave.
Do schedule regular breaks during your road trip to take Fido and Felix on walks. It's just as important for dogs, cats and other travelling companions to stretch their legs as it is for humans.
Do plan activities with your pet so they don't stay alone in the hotel room. At a pet-friendly hotel the staff specialize in telling you about just the right attractions, nearby off-leash dog parks, and other fun things to do.
Don't leave animals in the car. In warm weather, cars can heat up to dangerous temperatures even if the windows are left slightly open. Bring along water to keep your pet hydrated and don't forget their regular food and treats for the long road trip ahead.