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The sun is shining again and school is almost out. After an all-too long winter, Atlantans are ready to kick off the summer with Memorial Day weekend. While many of us flock to the beach or mountains, we are left with the dilemma of what to do with our beloved pets while we are out of town.

Of course, the preferred option is to bring your pet on vacation! Traveling with pets can be a fun experience. However, your pet will need time to adjust to his or her new surroundings. It is important to remember to be patient with your pet. In order to make your trip hassle-free for the whole family, Atlanta Humane Society recommends the following:

  • Before you leave for your trip, have your pet cleared for travel by your veterinarian and ensure your pet is up to date on all vaccinations. Ask the doctor about potential risks of the destination such as Lyme disease and take any necessary precautions.
  • Remember to pack for your pet just as you would for the human members of your family, ensuring that you have all necessary supplies, food, and medication.
  • If flying, ensure you abide by all airline restrictions. These can usually be found on the specific airline’s website or via phone.
  • If driving, train your animal to view driving as a reward by taking him or her to fun places for dogs such as the park.
  • To prevent carsickness, feed your pet a light meal 4 to 6 hours before you begin your trip.
  • Most of all, have fun!! Your pets deserve a vacation too. After all, it’s a ruff life being a dog!
May 21, 2013