- Make sure your pet is wearing clear identification in case he/she gets lost.
• Bring enough food for the whole trip: your brand might be hard to find on the road.
• Pack a pet emergency kit including baby wipes (to wipe off paws), tweezers, antibiotic ointment and other such items.
• Bring music that your pet associates with quiet moments at home; it's a great way to calm him/her on the road.
• Consult with your veterinarian about your travel plans with your pet before you leave; make you have a record of all your pet's normal vital signs such as temperature, heart rate, respiration rate, and frequency of bodily functions.
• If you're planning to take your pet on an airplane, check with the airline ahead of time regarding their specific regulations and make sure your pet carrier is the right size.
• Pack a lost pet kit. Make sure it includes a current photo and a description of your pet in case you need to put up signs.
From MOBIL '99: ON THE ROAD WITH YOUR PET by Andrea Arden. Copyright © 1999 by Mobil Corporationt. Published by and reprinted with permission of Fodor's Travel Pulications, Inc.
About the author:
Andrea Arden is the author several dog training books, the director of the Manhattan Dog Training and Behavior Center and has been a popular guest expert on TV and radio shows, magazines -- and iVillage.com.