WHAT SHOULD I CONSIDER BEFORE TRAVELLING WITH OR BOARDING MY DOG?
Travelling with your dog
More and more, people will take their dogs with them when traveling. There is a lot to think of prior to your trip.
First, if traveling out of the country, ensure you know what documentation and treatments need to be completed prior to your voyage. Please contact the consulate for more information well in advance of the trip. Some countries require only require updated vaccinations, but other countries need more extensive proof of vaccines such as titres, as well as specific antiparasitic treatments. Inform your veterinarian of any specific requests in a timely fashion. Just prior to your trip, a full physical exam is recommended to ensure your pet is in good health.
Some dogs get motion sickness when they are travelling in the car. Signs of motion sickness include restlessness, drooling and vomiting in the car. Talk to your veterinarian if your dog has motion sickness. They may recommend a safe and effective medication for the management of motion sickness in dogs. Learn more here.
You may not be able to travel with your pet, either due to the nature of your trip or the nature of your pet. This means your dog will be in the care of a boarding kennel or a dog sitter. Please ensure that your dog has had a recent health exam and is up to date on vaccines, even if the facility does not have specific requirements for it. A recent health check is especially important if your dog has chronic medical conditions or is elderly.
Please inform your contacts on your expectations of the extent of care and associated expenses that can be given to your dog in case you are unreachable.
The health information contained herein are provided for educational purposes only and are not intended to replace discussions with a healthcare provider. All decisions regarding patient care must be made with a healthcare provider, considering the unique characteristics of the patient.