PetStore.com Releases Checklist for Animal Safety During Summer Travel

PetStore.com, an online retailer of pet supplies, gives tips for traveling with pets on airlines or in cars to provide maximum comfort and safety.

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(PRWEB) July 26, 2010

Garden Grove, Calif. (Vocus) July 26, 2010 -- A recent study conducted at Purdue University revealed pets may become agitated and stressed during summer travel. However, with the right preparation, pet owners can easily provide comfort, reduce the risk of their pets becoming lost and make sure their animals stay healthy.

PetStore.com, an online retailer of pet accessories and travel supplies for dogs and cats, offers pet owners a checklist for summer travel plans.

“The most important thing pet owners can do is plan ahead,” said Mike Giove, chief operating officer for PetStore.com. “Airlines require a clean bill of health from a veterinarian before they will allow your pet aboard their airplane. Many pet owners are not aware of this condition. Your vet may even prescribe medicine to calm your pet for the journey ahead."

PetStore.com also recommends that pet owners obtain proper identification for their animals before undertaking any kind of travel. Items like dog collars, proof of vaccination and proper licenses are recommended, and it is best to bring color photos of the pet always on hand in the unfortunate event the pet becomes lost.

“When flying, ask the airline about the allowable dimensions of a pet carrier and make sure you have a sturdy, quality kennel. This is something I cannot stress enough,” Giove said. “Defective kennels are the most common cause of escaped or injured animals during air travel. Write ‘LIVE ANIMAL’ all over the crate with arrows pointing in the upright position. Include your name, telephone number and address just in case.”

If you are travelling by car, PetStore.com recommends bringing toys and dog supplies for the trip to ensure your pet stays calm. The company also suggests stopping frequently at rest stops for water and exercise, especially when the summer heat is at its worst.

“You might be tempted to pack lightly. But remember: your dog will not understand why his regular schedule has been interrupted,” said Giove. “Your pet will be easier to manage if you make the proper preparations.”

Travel is not recommended for smaller animals and birds because of the stress it causes them. Due to specialized requirements, reptiles are especially discouraged. By considering every animal’s individual needs, PetStore.com says that summer travel will be much more enjoyable for everyone involved.

About PetStore.com
PetStore.com prides itself on great prices, wide selection, speed of delivery and superior service. Ninety-seven percent of orders are shipped the same day. The company was designed with the intention of providing not only the best products at the most competitive prices, but to become the number one provider of pet products, education and information.

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