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What You Need to Know Before Travelling with Your Furry Comrade

If you’re travelling with your pets here are some things to keep in mind before embarking on an excursion with your furry companion(s).

If you’re staying in the country:
Before travelling to a destination, it is always best to research restaurants, hotels and local venues that may or may not enjoy the company of your tail wagging amigo. The research could entail calling, looking at company websites, and visiting tourism centres for recommendations. Some hotels and Bed and Breakfasts may have pet specific rooms available. Some restaurants may have decks for you to sit out and enjoy your meal without leaving your furry friend cooped up elsewhere. To be on the safe side, make sure that your pet is up to date on his or her vaccines and flea/tick prevention and deworming. Especially with the rising prevalence of Lyme disease and instances of the Leptospirosis virus.

If you’re travelling outside the country:
When your destination is that of going abroad, researching can take longer and may start months before travelling. As well, nothing is ever too easy; every country has its set of rules regarding travelling with pets. Prior to booking your flight, call border services and/or visit their website for a set of rules and regulations. Many countries require that your pet visit a veterinarian and be up to date on their vaccinations. Countries may pick and choose which ones are the most important, especially in the case of the Rabies vaccine. Flea and tick prevention and deworming may also be required and up to date, provided they are the recommended brands they have outlined in their rules and regulations. Some countries may also require the proper paperwork from your veterinarian. It may include a Health Certificate stating that your pet has been seen, is up to date on vaccines and deemed healthy for travel. It is also important that you have the proper carrier or crate for your pet. It is often outlined in the airports’ regulations.

It may seem to be very overwhelming when you’re planning a trip. However, when it’s all said and done, you’ll enjoy your lovely time away from home knowing that your pet is protected. If you have any questions or concerns, you can always contact your veterinarian and/or border services for additional information.

If you have any questions, give us a call at 902.477.4040.

Written by: Meghan Toope, RVT

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