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Summertime with Our Pets

Well, summer is almost here, and that means hot, sunny days and fun trips with the family. Getting outside with our pets and enjoying the days of summer can be a great experience. More and more pets are joining their owners on vacation as well. With a little planning and foresight, your summer with your pet can be fun-filled and enjoyable.

Travelling with your pet
Before you head off on that well-deserved vacation, start with a trip to your veterinarian to make sure all vaccines are up to date and that you have your pet’s current records in case you are stopped at border crossings. If your pet is on any medications (including parasite preventatives) make sure you have enough to last you until you get home. Your veterinarian is a great resource and may suggest additional precautions for your pet depending on your destination.

Your pet should travel in a well – ventilated crate or carrier. The carrier should be large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down, and turn around in. If your dog is riding on the seat, they should be wearing a harness and safety belt. Cats should always be kept in their carriers. Frequent stops for a snack and water, bathroom break, and a bit of exercise will make the trip more enjoyable for everyone.

Proper I.D.
Making sure your pet has an up to date, legible id tag is important. The warm weather means pets start to wander and explore and once in a while; a pet will find themselves lost. A current I.D. tag will go a long way getting your furry friend back home.

Heat Stroke
A condition that can be lethal if not treated immediately. Animals left in vehicles, exercised too vigorously, or outside without shade to lie under are at risk. Signs to look for are hard panting, difficulty breathing, vomiting, and a rapid heart rate. If you suspect that your pet has heatstroke, see your veterinarian immediately!

If you are planning a vacation with your pet and we haven’t seen your pet this spring, call us now and book your pet’s pre-travel check, and have a great vacation!

Written by: Elgin Animal Hospital



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