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Posted on 01-04-2018

Tips for Traveling with Pets from Your Livonia Veterinarian

Most pets find traveling in cars or airplanes a distressing experience, especially if they were never introduced to traveling frequently at an early age. While pocket pets like hamsters and guinea pigs travel mostly undisturbed in familiar cages, dogs and cats may require containment in comfortable pet carriers suitable for their size. To help make traveling with your pet a more enjoyable experience, here are some tips suggested by your Livonia veterinarian:

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Vet Clinic Phone Numbers

If you know which cities you will be traveling through and where you plan to stay, it would be a good idea to gather a list of veterinary clinics located in those areas that offer emergency services.

Cat Carriers and Doggy Seatbelts

Livonia pet care specialists at Sheehy Animal Hospital want pet owners to know how dangerous it is to allow pets to sit on seats or the back of seats in moving vehicles. Although you may think your pet would be more comfortable unrestrained, pets usually feel calmer and safer if they are kept in carriers or special harnesses for larger dogs. Additionally, don't forget to secure carriers with seatbelts.

Sedatives for Pets

Your Livonia veterinarian can prescribe sedatives safe for pet use if your pet suffers extreme anxiety in a car or airplane. Veterinary travel-sickness medications are also available for pets that throw up while traveling.

Traveling to Foreign Countries

Avoid travel interruptions and unnecessary stress by finding out what pets need to have (vaccinations, health certificates) before you can taken them into another country. Visiting a country's embassy website is a good way to discover the information you need about pet guidelines.

Schedule a Wellness Exam for Your Pet Before Traveling

Make sure your pet is well enough to travel by making an appointment with your Livonia veterinarian for a complete wellness exam. Some animal diseases may not present symptoms until they are in an advanced stage. Diagnosing these diseases may require blood or urine tests as recommended by your vet.

Call (248) 615-7670 today to schedule an appointment for your pet to receive superior Livonia pet care.

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