2011-12-23 / Columnists

Paws For A Moment

Pets On The Go!
Commentary by Karina B. Salvo, MS, DVM, Belle Harbor House Calls

Are you packed? Check the list, make sure you don’t forget anything! If your pets are traveling with you, be sure to pack a travel pack for your pets! Traveling with your pets can range from organized and stress free to absolute chaos! So, what should go into your pets’ travel case? Here are just a few suggestions:

1. Confirmation of travel arrange ments for your pet

2. Health certificate if required

3. Vaccination history and verification your pets’ vaccinations are current

(Rabies certificate)

4. Identification: consider a microchip as collars are not usually allowed on pets if traveling in cargo area

5. Toys, treats and food (Think ahead in case of layovers or any delays.)

7. Water

8. Carrier: make sure your carrier is an approved one and write “LIVE AN

IMAL” on the outside. As well as which side is “up.” Additionally, write your name, address, origin and destination point and attach a current photo to the carrier. You can shred paper for the bottom of the carrier to absorb accidents. Do not lock your car rier, but verify it is securely closed.

9. If traveling by car: litterbox for the cat, extra leashes, bowls for food and water

10. Freeze the water! Place a bowl of frozen water into the carrier so that your pet can lick it without worrying about spilling it!

11. Medications: Be prepared for de lays. Be prepared to feed and water your pet along the way as well as medicate if needed.

12. Health records and emergency sit uations: Bring a copy of your pets’ health records in case there is an emergency situation along the way or once at your destination.

If you are flying with your pet, be aware where animal hospitals and 24- hour emergency clinics are located. If you’re driving, Mapquest or Google where animal hospitals or emergency clinics are along your route ... have their phone numbers available.

These are just a few things to consider when traveling with your pets. I personally do not recommend sedating a pet for travel as most of them will settle down soon after take-off or driving. Most of our sedation methods can lead to dangerous drops in blood pressure or inability for the pet to stand or move ... this can be dangerous if the pet becomes nauseous and vomits.

If you are traveling and are leaving your pet at home, consider a pet sitter to visit your home and spend time with your pets. Again, leave all pertinent information about vaccines, health history, medication doses and schedule as well as your veterinarian’s name and phone number and emergency contact number for you as well as the closest animal emergency.

New Year’s Celebration is right around the corner...be sure to keep your pets safe and sound. A quiet room away from festivities will prevent your pets from eating some of those tasty hors d’oeuvres or stressing with all of the noise and many people in your home! A warm cozy bed, a favorite toy and, of course, the TV tuned in to the Animal Planet is a great distraction.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at any time. My Veterinary House Call Service is available 7 days a week and holidays: 718-474- PAWS. Watch for updates on Facebook (Veterinary House-Calls) and at www. BelleHarborHouseCalls.com. for the opening of a brand new state-of-the-art Animal Medical Centre right here in the Rockaways! When you call or visit, you will experience professional courtesy, friendly smiles, the best of medical care and compassion, immediate updates on your pet’s status, where no pet is ever left unattended or transported to another facility! Most importantly, where every staff member believes in my simple philosophy ... “We treat every patient as if they were our own ... no exceptions!”

Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season and, of course, a very Happy and Healthy New Year to all!

From Dr. Karina Salvo and Staff.

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