OCALA, Fla., Aug. 16, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The team of
veterinarians at Town & Country Animal Hospital is dedicated to
educating pet owners about pet traveling safety. Surveys show that 61
percent of pet owners bring their pets on trips of more than 50 miles
at least once every year. In order to keep pets safe when driving or
flying, owners must take a number of considerations into account and
prepare ahead of time for the trip.
Most pet owners will opt for car travel when bringing a pet. It’s
advisable to always secure the animal in an appropriate carrier, along
with some familiar blankets and toys. For dogs, an alternative to a
carrier is a specially made seatbelt that can be fastened to the back
seat of a car. Dogs should never be allowed to hang their heads out of
the window, since they could get injured by flying debris. Nor should
they sit in a seat with an airbag. Pet owners should be sure to keep
the car cool, make regular stops so the animal can drink and relieve
itself, and never leave the pet in a hot vehicle. Always keep the pet
leashed when outside, and make sure it’s wearing up to date ID tags. It
is also important to have your pet microchipped to improve your chances
of getting your pet back in case it becomes lost. Keep in mind, the
microchip must also be registered with your current contact
Town & Country Animal Hospital advises against air travel for pets,
since it can be extremely traumatic and dangerous. If air travel can’t
be avoided, have the pet travel in the cabin instead of the cargo hold.
When it comes to sea or train travel, the majority of ships and trains
only allow pets under special circumstances, for example in the case of
service dogs. Always inquire with the transport company beforehand.
“Before deciding to bring your pet on vacation, evaluate whether it’s
strong enough to handle the stress,” Dr. Kelly Culbertson said. “In
some cases, it can be preferable to board your furry friend until you
get back. And if you do choose to bring your pet with you, get informed
about pet traveling safety and prepare properly.”
Pet owners who want to discuss how best to transport their pet and find
out if it’s healthy enough for travel can contact the Town & Country
Animal Hospital to schedule an appointment. They can also visit the
hospital blog for more information about pet traveling safety.
The team of dedicated veterinarians at Town & Country Animal Hospital
have been providing superior care to pets in the Ocala area for more
than 18 years. They offer a wide range of wellness treatments, as well
as clinical and surgical care in order to help sick pets heal and also
prevent health issues from arising in the first place.