In the rush and excitement before leaving for a trip, it's so easy to forget something. And when you're a pet owner, it's even more of a challenge -- not only are you packing for yourself, but you're packing for your pet, too! [It doesn't help when Fido runs around wildly with excitement, poking his nose into piles of clothing. while Fluffy daintily picks her way through each and every suitcase!] Here's a quick list of things to prepare for your pet before you leave: * Medications.
Before you leave, consult with your vet. Pick up refills of any medications your pet will need while you are away . and find out whether or not there are any health concerns about the area to which you are traveling -- for example, fleas and ticks are common concerns which can be alleviated with certain medications. Talk to your vet. * Kennel or carrier. Some places ask that you kennel your pet if you are going out and leaving him in the room.
The kennel is also a safe way for your pet to travel; please don't let your dog ride loose in the back of a pickup truck; he could fall out and suffer serious injuries. If your pet is prone to jumping out of the car unexpectedly (ie. while at a rest stop, or when the doors are opened), the kennel will keep him safe. * Food and water bowls. * Food (and maybe even water)! Keeping your pet on the same diet that he's accustomed to will help to prevent an upset stomach.
If your pet has a sensitive stomach, you may also want to bring water. Don't forget to bring along a few treats! * Stain remover/cleaning supplies. just in case! Please be courteous and clean up as much pet hair, etc. as you can. Vacation rentals do not have to allow pets; a few minutes spent cleaning can help to ensure that our four-legged friends continue to be welcomed. * Plastic bags for picking up after your pooch.
If you're traveling with your kitty, bring his or her litter box and litter. * Grooming tools - including a comb and/or brush, nail clippers, pet shampoo, and anything else your pet needs. Your active pet may end up needing a bit of a 'touch-up' after a happy day hard at play! * Extra towels - for wiping those muddy paws and wet or dirty bodies! * Collar and leash(es). If you are travelling to a remote area, consider bringing an extra leash - just in case one of them breaks. * Bedding. Many vacation rentals ask that pets stay off the beds or furniture, so your pet will appreciate a comfortable pet bed or blanket.
* Identification. Be sure to record the license numbers, tattoo numbers, and microchip numbers of your pets and bring this list with you. * Vaccination records and other documents. If you are travelling from another one country to another, be sure to check what types of vaccinations your pet will need. Bring an up-to-date record with you.
Also check whether or not there are any special requirements for either traveling into the country, or returning to your own. * Recent photo. Unfortunately, . If your pet is lost while you are traveling, the photo will prove to be a handy tool when describing him to others.
* First aid kit. Accidents happen. You can purchase an animal first aid kit from the Humane Society of Canada at http://www.
humanesociety.com/ . .