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Travelling with a Furry Family Member

Some of my fondest early memories were formed while camping with my childhood dog at the Pinery Provincial Park. However, as a child, I was blissfully unaware of the amount of preparation that goes into travelling with kids and pets!


Here are some tips for anyone planning on braving a trip with the whole family this summer:


If your furry family member is coming with you:

While many pets are keen to try new experiences, most find travelling stressful. Pheromone products can help calm anxiety while in the car. For extra long or stressful journeys, talk to your veterinarian in advance about a gentle sedative or anti-nausea medication. Cleaning up the vomit of a carsick animal is not a fun road trip activity!


If you are travelling internationally:

Contact the Canadian Food Inspection Agency well in advance of your trip to inquire about your pet’s requirements for your destination country. Due to vaccine schedules and waiting for test results, you may require multiple vet visits over several weeks (or even months) to ensure you have all your documentation for smooth travel.


If they are staying home:

Don’t forget about enrichment! Both cats and dogs need activities and human supervision throughout the day. Although cats are more independent animals, a sudden health issue such as a urinary blockage can turn into an emergency very quickly.

If your dog or cat will be boarding, allow them to explore the environment prior to your departure. Bringing them for a fun introductory visit for a few hours can help them form a positive association with the facility and can set your mind at ease.


In case of emergency:

Make a plan for your trip. Where will your furry family member go in a veterinary emergency? Where is the nearest 24/7 veterinary facility to your destination? Always let your primary veterinarian know in advance if you are leaving your little one in someone else’s care. Also indicate who, if anyone, can make decisions about their medical care in your absence.

Ontario summers offer a playground of some of the best family activities that nature has to offer. While our children and pets may not realize the work that goes into preparing these experiences, they will certainly remember the special memories for life!


Dr. I. Wonder is here to answer your questions regarding your furry family members. If you have a question, email it to us at danielle@NeighbourhoodPetClinic.com. Our team at Neighbourhood Pet Clinic will tap into their collective experience to answer your various questions.


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