Samantha de Villiers Of Joburg Asks
For the first time ever, I’m taking my two small dogs to the coast; any advice for a smooth ride and happy holiday?
The Team At Merial Frontline Answers
One of the most important things to remember when travelling with your dogs is to stop regularly so they can stretch their legs and stay hydrated. Never leave your pets unattended in a parked vehicle!
Here are some other useful TIPS for four-legged travel buddies:
Keep a ‘pet pack’ at the ready with items such as vaccination certificates, your pets’ regular food, spill-proof water bowls, favourite toys and any medication they require. Make sure that their vaccinations are up to date – this is especially important for protecting against rabies. Also ensure that your pets are micro-chipped and wearing identification tags with your updated contact details, in case they go walkabout. A new environment can be confusing.
- In the car, keep pets safe and secure in a well-ventilated crate or pet carrier that’s large enough for them to stand, lie down and turn around in. And comfy bedding is always welcome.
- Since you’re going to the coast, it’s important to bear in mind that the beach is the perfect breeding ground for fleas. Use a product such as Frontline Plus to keep them at bay; this is also important if you plan to do any bundu-bashing.
If you’re putting your pets in to kennels, consider the following:
- Find a kennel that will make your pets’ stay as comfortable and pleasant as possible – in fact, visit beforehand.
- Pet vaccinations must be up to date; kennels will check vaccination booklets before accepting your animals.
- Take your pets’ regular food and home comforts along to make their stay a little less stressful.
Text: Home magazine
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