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This simple item, or actually task, that can be so crucial to the safety and well-being of your pet when traveling is a visit to the veterinarian before you embark on your journey, an animal welfare official says.
Dr. Carol McConnell, chief veterinary medical officer for Veterinary Pet Insurance, advises owners to talk with their veterinarian to determine if a pet may need special preventative medical treatment for diseases specific to the travel destination.
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- Make sure your pet is wearing identification at all times in case it becomes separated or lost. Verify that your pet’s ID tag is up-to-date, durable, legible and includes your mobile phone number.
- Pack a recent photo of your pet along with current vaccination records. If your pet becomes lost, having a current photograph will make the search easier.
- Pack enough food to safeguard against travel delays.
- Make reservation with a pet-friendly hotel.
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- Take early morning or late evening flights to avoid temperature extremes that may affect your pet.
- Look up the phone number, hours and driving distance of a veterinary hospital near your destination, so you will be prepared if your pet has a medical emergency.
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