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Posted on 05-17-2012

Travel Advice from Our San Diego Veterinarians

If you plan on bringing your pet with you on that next big trip, these 5 steps will help ensure a more enjoyable experience for both of you.

1. Plan ahead. Research your destination's nearest animal hospital, pet store and pet-friendlySan Diego veterinarians provide travel tips for pet owners accommodations. Remember to pack favorite toys, water, a first-aid kit and closed containers of food.

2. Consult with our veterinarian. We can perform any necessary vaccinations and advise you on ways to make the trip more enjoyable for all concerned. We can also prescribe a sedative if you know that your pet does not travel well.

3. Learn the air travel rules. Every airline has its own regulations regarding pet travel, ranging from a no-pets rule to the acceptance of small pets in the carry-on area under your seat. If your trip occurs during the summer or winter months, extreme temperatures could make cargo travel impossible. Ask your airline about its rules in these situations.

4. Know the border regulations. If you travel to Mexico, you must carry a health certificate no more than 72 hours old. Before you head back, make sure that your pet's rabies vaccination certificate was issued at least 30 days before the date of your return trip.

5. Keep up the routine. If your pet has gotten used to specific feeding times, foods or exercise periods, try to preserve that continuity. Your pet will feel more relaxed pursuing normal daily activities.

Boarding for Your San Diego, El Cajon, La Mesa or Santee Pet

Before you and your pet actually leave the house, ask yourself whether your pet would have a more relaxing stay in a boarding facility instead. At Rancho San Carlos Pet Clinic, Inc., our animal hospital offers cat and dog boarding for just that reason. Your pet will enjoy lots of affection and ready access to veterinary care. Whatever you decide to do -- have a safe and happy trip!

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