Vet Version of A Cheap Pet- Friendly Vacation: Travel Animal Doctor

Vet Version of A Cheap Pet- Friendly Vacation: Travel Animal Doctor

As a spin off of the list made by my mother, Penny Claudio, today I wanted to share with you my hints on a safe and cheap pet-friendly vacation.  -Travel Animal Doctor If you missed her article, click here for some practical tips on traveling to see family so that you are welcome anytime. As a veterinarian, the first thing I think of when I travel with pets is the possibility of spreading disease to the other pets or even family members in the household, and pet anxiety. The following list will be things to remember when traveling with your pet to visit relatives from my point of view. 6 Reminders when Taking Pets to the In-Laws Remember your pet's dental care. This is just an important reminder that your pet’s oral hygiene is important. When taking your pet to see family they may love seeing her, but if her breath stinks they will not want to get close. If you can hardly remember to pack your own toothbrush and toothpaste at least remember those dental chews. Your pet is going to feel a little out of her realm so dental treats will be that special treat you use to get her into her kennel at night, and remind her that you are with her. At the same time these chews help control that build up of tartar on your pet’s teeth, and keeps the bad breath caused by the bacteria in her teeth at a minimum. If you are interested in the proper dental care for your pet, read more here. Is she being loud? In unfamiliar territory pets may get anxious,...
Want a Cheap Pet-Friendly Vacation? -Travel Animal Doctor

Want a Cheap Pet-Friendly Vacation? -Travel Animal Doctor

Learn to be a good houseguest and you are sure to be welcomed back anytime by your family. -Travel Animal Doctor If you would like to see a quick veterinary list of 6 things to remember when your pet is a houseguest, see “A Cheap Pet-Friendly Vacation: Veterinary Version” The Story. The bird song is in the morning air, early spring bloomers are starting to pop up, and the temperatures are creeping up ever so slowly even in the Midwest. Spring is here according to the calendar, and we are in the midst of spring break season. Before we know it summer will be here, and so will peak travel time! Planning a vacation is fun and exciting. Who doesn’t want to go somewhere exotic and adventurous, yet safe and peaceful all at the same time? There are endless possibilities from cruises, to guided bicycle trips, to backpacking across France! How about a week at Disney or an exclusive resort in Puerto Rico? Oh, yeah, you have a budget. The Compromise. Okay, maybe this year’s summer pet-friendly adventures will be visiting Aunt Stella in Chattanooga, TN for a long weekend, and your younger brother Tony in Hershey, PA for a week. It could be worse. Aunt Stella has always told you that you are more than welcome to stay in her mountainside home. Her place does offer good views of the area, and it is very peaceful on her back deck. You haven’t seen your brother Tony since he graduated from college two years ago and he does live within a few miles of that famous chocolate factory which has...
Travel Animal Doctor: Avoid Unintentional Pet Poisoning

Travel Animal Doctor: Avoid Unintentional Pet Poisoning

Avoid unintentional pet poisoning by being aware of what is toxic to your furry friends. – Travel Animal Doctor We all have the best intentions when it comes to spoiling our pets. There are many species differences between animals that make some things safe to be consumed by humans, but can be very deadly to a pet.  Avoid unintentional pet poisoning by remembering this story.  John packed up the car and is ready for his holiday trip to see the parents.   The whole family including Rocko and Spud are getting packed into the car like animal Tetris. John thought of everything including those Poinsettias and chocolate for his mom and that small ugly antique white dresser that he is taking to strip and restore to the handsome original walnut finish in his dad’s workshop. The clamor of “Teenage Wasteland” and other great hits plays on the radio as he is driving along on his 16 hour trek to the promised land. Last week there was so much snow that John had to climb out of the window with a shovel just to get out of the house and get the driveway cleared quick enough to get to work on time.  There were no work cancellations, as he was expected to be a proficient black ice dodger and snow wrangler. One week in paradise with warm 67 degree Fahrenheit sunny weather  is all John can think about as he sings along, “… engage Iceland..”. So he won’t quit his day job to become a member of The Who, but he WILL come back to his job with a nice tan line to show off to his fellow colleagues. John’s cat and dog do well on car rides so he is not...
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