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Travel can be stressful, but if you bring your pet along, there are several things you can do to make it safer and more enjoyable for you both. For some pets, it may be better to stay at home with a trusted pet-sitter or at a reputable boarding facility.

-Take copies of rabies and vaccination certificates.

-Make sure your pets are identified with a collar and name tag. If your pet is microchipped, make sure your contact information is up to date.

-If your pet is prone to motion sickness, treat medications which can reduce nausea. Contact your veterinarian to see if these are appropriate for your pet.

Traveling by Car:

-Secured in a crate in the back of the car is the safest place for your pet to travel. Another alternative for dogs would be with a harness and seat belt in the back seat.

-Never leave your pet in a parked car on warm days- it can quickly become too hot.

-Stop every few hours to let your dog out to go to the bathroom and stretch their legs. Make sure cats have access to a litter box.

Traveling by Plane:

-Check with your airline for their specific requirements. Most will require a health certificate signed by your veterinarian within 10-30 days of travel.

-Confirm the requirements of your destination. Within the U.S. this usually is just a rabies vaccination and health certificate. If you are traveling internationally, this often requires additional steps which may need to be completed even several months in advance.

Wilsonville Veterinary Clinic

9275 S.W. Barber St, Wilsonville, OR 97070

(503) 682-3737

www.wilsonvilleveterinaryclinic.com

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