Sick pets? The worse case scenario for travelers is if their pets become sick while they are on vacation. But it can happen more often than you think.
Why Pets Get Sick
Pets are accustomed to routines. When you are traveling, their routine is disrupted, even if you try hard to stop and feed them at their normal time, or find a pet park to exercises them during the time of day you two usually go on walks together. So, they get sick.
Pets can become car sick, just like humans. Their tummies can get queasy and so they are off their feed. Or, the stress of being in a “moving, vibrating world” is enough to make them not want to eat or drink much water. This can lead to mild dehydration.
Pets may also get stung by bees or wasps. They may get sick if they react to plants and grasses and get a rash. Then there are splinters, minor cuts of their pads due to sharp glass or rocks hiding in the grass, and other scrapes and bruises that may occur, especially if their carrier flips when you stomp on the brakes!
In Case Your Pet Gets Sick
Here are some advice and tips that may save you a lot of worry and stress if by some chance your pet becomes sick on vacation.
Always have their vet’s phone and fax number handy.
Make sure they are current on their vaccinations.
Take a simple first aid kit with you. Your vet can give you ideas of what to include in it.
Use your lap top or smart phone to look up videos on how to treat minor cuts and bruises, queasiness and lack of appetite. Many give practical advice for sick animals.
Carry your pet’s medical records with you as well as its vaccination papers and registration slip.
Scared or injured animals may run and hide. Get your pet micro-chipped at least one month before you leave. It is well worth the money. Be sure to carry that certificate with you as well as a picture of your pet.
If you are unsure how well your pet travels, take several “test runs”. If the pet is too boisterous or anxious, talk to your vet about possible medications you can give to help them adjust to the movements and sounds of traffic.
Finally, look up on the internet what vet hospitals are along your route and have their addresses and numbers handy. Pet friendly hotels may also know which animal hospitals and vets are located in the area.