Dr. Mark Gottschalk, a veterinarian at Wellesley Animal Hospital in Richmond, has recommended the following travel tips:
Make sure your travel destination allows pets.
Have the proper travel equipment, such as kennels, crates or pet carriers. If traveling by air or train, consult the carrier for specific requirements.
If sedating your pet for the trip, consult your veterinarian for an appropriate tranquilizer, and first try the tranquilizer at home.
While traveling, make frequent stops to allow for exercise, food, and water.
Make sure your pet is on a leash at all times when outside the car.
Never leave your pet unattended in a car, especially in the heat!
When you reach your destination, confine your pet to a small area — such as the bathroom — to allow it to become familiar with its new surroundings and to recover from any stress of traveling.
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