When it comes to traveling with our pets, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) July 27, 2011
Vacations aren’t just for two-legged travelers anymore. Traveling with pets has become increasingly common - 18 percent of U.S. adult leisure travelers now usually take their pets with them on trips, according to the U.S. Travel Association. But excursions on planes, trains and automobiles with our four-legged friends can take some planning and preparation. Petplan, America’s top rated pet insurance company, has developed some guidelines to smooth the proverbial bumps in the road.
“When it comes to traveling with our pets, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” says Dr. Jules Benson, vice president of Veterinary Services at Petplan. “The most important piece of advice is to prepare thoroughly before considering whether to travel with your pets. Should a veterinary problem arise while you are on the road, the last thing you want to have to do is waste precious time trying to get medications refilled or locating an emergency vet in an unfamiliar area.”
If you decide to travel with your furry companion, Petplan offers these additional tips for a safer and easier trip:
- Use the vet finder at http://www.gopetplan.com/find-a-vet to scope out local veterinarians ahead of time, including emergency clinics.
- Ask your regular veterinary hospital to make a copy of your pet’s recent medical history to take with you – some facilities may even be able to give them to you electronically on a CD or USB device.
- Consider making a special collar tag for traveling that has either the phone number of where you will be staying and/or your cell phone number so that if your pet wanders off, you are immediately reachable. Additionally, ensure that your pet’s microchip details include your cell phone, and not just your home phone number.
- Make sure you travel with enough of your pet’s regular food to last a few days beyond your anticipated stay – a sudden change in your pet’s diet could cause gastrointestinal issues.
- If your pet needs any medications, take extra care to ensure you have enough to last a few days beyond your anticipated stay. If you think you may run out before you are due to return home, make time to get your pet’s meds refilled before you leave.
- Consult with your veterinarian before you leave about diseases or problems that may be more of a risk in the areas you plan to travel. For example, Leptospirosis can vary from region to region, and Lyme disease is prevalent in the Northeast.
- If you plan on crossing state lines, schedule a trip to your veterinarian before traveling to get a health certificate – law enforcement officials may ask to see a certificate if you are travelling from one state to another.
These tips are no substitute for a discussion with your pet’s veterinarian, but hopefully they will provide some guidance before you hit the road. For more information about protecting your pets on the road and at home, please visit http://blog.gopetplan.com/.
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As America's top-rated pet insurance provider, Petplan, through one or more licensed insurers, offers customizable policies to meet any coverage requirements and budget for pets of all/any age. The policies offered by Petplan cover all hereditary and congenital conditions for the life of the pet – without dollar limits per condition. For information, visit http://www.GoPetplan.com or call 1-866-467-3875.