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wangze
07-31-2012, 10:42 PM
Summer is a time to get away, enjoy good weather and possibly a change of scenery. The question is do you bring your dog, cat, bird or snake? Do you bring one, two or the whole menagerie? How do you transport them? Where will they stay? Will they behave? Your petís temperament will be a huge factor in the decision. A 12-month-old Labrador retriever may enjoy a camping trip but have trouble with a hotel stay.

Before you go, make sure you book at pet-friendly hotels. In Salem, the Hawthorne Hotel is pet-friendly and even provides room service for the pet. Find out if there is a size limitation on dogs and if other types of pets are welcome. Some rentals at the beach or lake allow pets; some do not. Find out the requirements before you arrive. If you are planning to visit attractions that donít allow pets, find out if they have pet-boarding facilities. Disney World has pet accommodations. Leaving a pet alone in a hotel room for eight hours is not humane or sensible. Many towns have dog walkers who can attend to your pet while you are touring.

Before you go, have your pet microchipped. The chip is implanted with a syringe; it is similar to getting a vaccine for your pet. The chip is the size of a grain of rice. If your pet is lost, animal control officers, veterinarians and shelters have scanners and can trace the pet back to you. Your contact information and your petís photo and information are kept in a registry that you are prompted to update yearly.

If you are traveling outside the U.S., you will need to have an International Health Certificate signed by a USDA-certified veterinarian. Most practices have a vet who is certified. After a physical exam, usually required within 10 days of travel, you need to send that certificate and an additional fee to your state veterinarian (locally, it is the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service office in Sutton) for authorization. You can find specific requirements for each country on the International Health Certificate website, aphis.usda.gov/animal_welfare/pet_travel/pet_travel.shtml). Some countries, such as Japan and Britain, may require a six-month quarantine to prevent rabies virus from entering the country in a pet.

If you are traveling by car, there a few common-sense procedures you can employ to keep your pet comfortable. Needless to say, we have all heard of the Mitt Romney method of transporting his dog. Clearly, strapping the carrier to the top of your car with your dog in it is inhumane and should never be done. In these politically divisive times, this is something upon which both Democrats and Republicans agree. A dog loose or tied in the back of a pickup is a recipe for disaster.

It is best to have your pet trained to be comfortable in a carrier long before the trip. The carrier should be a part of everyday routine and associated with treats, security and comfort. I did have a client who used to travel to Canada every summer with his cat, Freelicks, lounging on his dashboard. It sounds like fun, but you could lose your cat out the window with one quick turn. Cats are best transported in carriers, as well. There are seat belts for dogs that will keep them on the seats and away from the accelerator and brake pedals. Birds, snakes and other pets are best kept in their cages for transport.

If traveling by car in the summer months, you must plan your stops en route very carefully. A pet left in a car on a 70-degree day can get heatstroke and die from the heat in 10 minutes. Water should be provided every hour. Rest stops should occur every two hours.

You can take your dogs hiking and camping with a bit of planning. My dogs went hiking with me in the White Mountains last fall. My dogs were already conditioned to walk two to five miles per day, so I picked a route that was not up a tough mountain, equipped the dogs with small dog backpacks so they could carry some equipment, and off we went. The dogs had to get used to fitting their side packs between boulders, but they quickly figured out that they had an increased width and accommodated. I packed a water purifier so I could purify water from streams for all of us. The dogs had items in their packs that would be OK to get wet in case they went through a stream. The dogs should have a pad to sleep on to prevent hypothermia. When it got cold and rainy, they really appreciated the Mylar heat-reflecting sheet I placed over all of us. One caveat is to remember to only put items that are not crucial or ruined by water in the dog packs. My dogs love wading into ponds and whacked their packs on rocks quite a bit. My camping coffee pot was beat up just enough that the lid no longer fit and I could not make that much-anticipated morning coffee.

Whatever your summer pleasure, make sure your pets can travel in comfort with you or be pampered by a pet sitter in the comfort of their home. Then you will enjoy your vacation and your family pet may, as well.
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russelgrane
08-06-2012, 12:18 AM
Thanks for sharing such informative post, I will recommend other people if they are going out for adventure, then they should also consider to buy the protective jackets for their dogs. My friend had last his dog last summer while base jumping in canyon.

louisfepetit
04-02-2013, 06:43 AM
This post is informative, well-written and very interesting. I have truly enjoyed reading your own points of view and I agree with you for the most part. Now I have to think about this material.

jessewills
05-30-2013, 01:25 AM
Thanks for sharing such an informative tips since as a pet owners there are a few extra precautions we need to take into consideration when we’re out exploring the world. Well, I agree with all the share tips, I would like to add few:
Don’t allow your pet to ride with its head outside the window even though some dogs seem to love doing it while travelling through car.
Don’t ever leave your pet in a parked car since inside car temperature can quickly rise past 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

aaronwatson
07-16-2014, 11:47 PM
My dog doesn't like summer months because her experience summer travel. I want to help my dog for this problem so, I decide to read your tips that can help me and I learned a lot.