Preparing for Spring Break 2024 with Dr. Robinson

What should I know about my pet's vaccinations before traveling?

The first step is to ensure your pet's vaccinations are updated. It's important to know what vaccines your pets are due for as certain boarding places require specific ones. The vaccines should be administered at least three days before boarding to allow time for respiratory vaccines to take effect. For instance, dogs require at least three days for their kennel cough vaccines to boost their immunity.

What should I consider when choosing a boarding facility for my pet?

When choosing a boarding facility, consider whether it offers 24-hour monitoring, especially if your pet has a high-risk disease like diabetes or seizures. In such cases, you may want to consider boarding at a veterinary hospital that provides 24-hour care to ensure your pet is watched at all times.

What about my pet's medication?

If your pet is on medication, make sure to refill them ahead of time to last through your entire stay. Write down instructions clearly for anyone who would be watching your pets, including a medical directive. This can help them understand what you're authorizing them to spend in case of an emergency if they can't get ahold of you.

What should I know if I'm traveling with my pet?

For pets with heart conditions, it's not recommended to fly as this can lead to heart failure. If you're planning to take your pet on a plane, consult your vet to ensure your pet doesn't have a condition that the flight could exacerbate. If you're driving, get a health certificate for your pet from your vet 10 to 14 days ahead of travel. Though it's not always checked, it is required when crossing state lines.

Should my pet be on flea and tick preventatives?

Yes, if your pets are traveling to rest stops or hotels, which are havens for parasites, ensure they are on flea and tick preventatives.

A quick recap!

Ensure your pets' vaccinations are updated, their medications are filled, and they are on flea and tick preventatives. Provide clear instructions to pet sitters, including a medical directive. For pets with health conditions, consider their needs carefully when choosing to fly or drive, or when selecting a boarding facility. These precautions will help ensure your pets are safe while you are away.