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Posted on 06-19-2015

June is a particularly pet friendly month with Pet Appreciation Week (7th through 13th ), International Hug Your Cat Day (4th) World Pet Memorial Day (14th ), and National Take Your Dog to Work Day (26th ). As a matter of fact, if you stop by the office Friday the 26th, you may meet some of our personal pets!

June is also a popular month for travel, and we have some tips to make the trip safe and enjoyable if the furry family members will be tagging along.

  • First of all, carefully consider whether taking your pet along is in his or her best interests. If the pet will be forced to fly in the cargo hold of a plane, doesn’t usually travel well, or will have to be left alone for most of your trip, then finding a comfortable boarding facility or an in- home pet sitter you trust may be better option.

  • Before embarking on an epic cross country trek, take some shorter drives to see how your pet responds. Does he or she get anxious or car sick? Keep in mind that you will need to stop every 2-3 hours for potty breaks and exercise.

  • Always keep cats and small dogs in a secure carrier while traveling and larger dogs should be restrained with a harness designed to attach to the seat belt. These restraints have not been proven to protect your pet should an accident occur, but can greatly reduce the chance of an accident by preventing the pet from distracting the driver. Bringing large crates along may be helpful for keeping pets safe and out of trouble in hotel rooms or friend’s and family’s homes when you are not able to watch them.

  • As much as your dog may enjoy hanging his head out of the window, it is best to keep all body parts inside a moving vehicle at all times. Eye and ear injuries are possible, and many pets will jump from an open window, often causing fatal injuries.

  • Always be prepared. This means having plenty of your pets food, fresh cool water, and any medication your pet is taking. Attach a second tag to your pet's collar that includes the address and phone number of where you'll be staying during your trip. Also, bring your pet's medical records along in case of an emergency.

  • Most importantly, never leave your pets alone in the car. On an 85-degree day, the temperature inside a car with the windows cracked can reach 110 degrees in 10 minutes, which can be deadly. If you'll be visiting a destination where pets aren't allowed, leave them at a pet-friendly hotel instead of the car.

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