Planning a trip? Here are 8 recommendations for traveling with your pet

  • It is important that you know the place you are going to visit well for any situation that may arise

Writing- Pets are a fundamental part of families and in most trips they are taken into account, which is why there are more and more places where pets are accepted.

It is very important that we know well the place to visit for any situation that may arise. That is why MSD Animal Health in Central America, the Caribbean and Ecuador (CENCA EC) share these recommendations so that everyone can enjoy a pleasant trip:

-Up-to-date vaccination and deworming: Always have your animal’s vaccination record and up-to-date follow-up from your Veterinarian in hand. Whether your trip is within the country or abroad, your dog must have all the vaccines recommended by the specialist, to be protected from all the diseases to which he may be exposed. If you have a cat, you should keep in mind that it can also
be exposed to various diseases, so it is essential that they have vaccines at different stages of their lives.

-Pieces of identity : Beyond the vaccination record, you must ensure that your animals have the greatest number of elements allowing their identity in the event of loss or theft. Some suggestions are: plate with your name and contact number or placement of a microchip, on which it is important to record an identification code to be read by a scanner.

-Previous revision: A few days before leaving home, it is suggested to consult the veterinarian for a general examination to confirm that the animal is fit to make the trip. Likewise, the specialist will provide us with recommendations on the precautions to be taken during the trip and the stay at the destination, as well as on the possible effects of the trip. In case your pet cannot accompany you, there are boarding houses and ranches that have all the security measures and even remote monitoring that will allow you to leave safely and with confidence because it remains between professional hands.

-Prevention: Deworming, both external and internal, is essential. For external deworming, innovative treatments are available, which in a single dose provide protection against fleas and ticks for 12 weeks. This will help prevent infestations from external parasites and the potential infections that this may entail. Ticks and fleas are organisms that can transmit infectious diseases to humans, as well as other parasites, such as Dypilidium caninum. In turn, internal deworming is essential, for the treatment of intestinal parasites, which are usually the most common. Remember that your pet will be visiting a new place where it may be exposed to many pathogens and the veterinarian can guide you on this.

-Pet Friendly spaces: More and more businesses such as restaurants, shops and accommodations accept pets without any problem. Look on the internet or on mobile applications for places where you are welcome with your partner. Regarding accommodation, look in these places for open spaces such as gardens or terraces to allow you to take a short walk with your pet.

-Prepare your luggage: Your animal must have its case where its container of food and its drinker will be. Also, his bed, a leash, utensils for his hygiene, food, sheets to delimit the area of ​​​​feces and urine, as well as a small first aid kit with the treatments recommended by the Veterinarian Doctor. And of course some of his toys.

– Travel by private vehicle: Without a doubt, it is the best option for transporting a pet. It is advisable to take breaks on the journey every two or three hours. In this way, your pet will be able to meet its physiological needs, such as drinking water, walking, expending some energy, among others. If you are traveling by plane, there are certain requirements that must be met, so we suggest that you contact the airline to check the conditions and costs. Consult the veterinarian.

-Locate a clinic or medical office: You should always be prepared for any emergency. For this reason, we recommend that you identify in advance a veterinary clinic or practice close to your destination, as well as having the number of your general practitioner ready.

“It is important that pets are also part of family plans during the holiday period. This type of coexistence strengthens the bonds of union that we have with our pets and nourishes the family history with memories. most It is important to carry out adequate planning, in the company of the Veterinarian, to make sure we all have lots of fun and stay healthy. And remember that preventive medicine in our pets is important for good health rest of the family”, concluded Adrian Polo, veterinarian and technical director of CENCA EC.

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