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For peace of mind while traveling with a pet, always be sure they are safely harnessed into a pet seatbelt. This not only ensures their safety, but allows the driver to concentrate on ...
PHOENIX, May 15 /PRNewswire/ -- For families with pets, a summer
vacation would not be complete without the companionship of their beloved
four-legged friends. Yet, hitting the open road with Fido or Felix could
cause stress to both pet and pet parent unless the right steps are taken to
ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.
"Pets such as dogs and cats are often excited by the prospect of travel
in cars and can enjoy a road trip as much as their human companions, but
disruptions to their schedule can have a negative impact on pets, leaving
them stressed and frightened," said PetsIncredible animal trainer and 2006
Comfort Zone Dog Trainer of the Year, Kellyann Conway. "Pet parents can
keep their dog or cat content during travel by anticipating their needs and
planning properly for the trip."
Conway suggests implementing the following easy steps to ensure a pet's
comfort during any travel situation:
For Car Travel
* Acclimate your pet to the vehicle prior to the trip to determine if he
or she has problems with motion sickness and/or exhibits excessive
excitability that may require treatment from a veterinarian.
* Secure your pet in a carrier or a pet seatbelt harness to ensure your
cat or dog is safe in the event of an accident and is unable to cause
distraction to the driver.
* Keep your pet on his normal feeding schedule as much as possible.
* Keep plenty of fresh water on-hand to ensure your pet stays well
* Stop often, allowing your pet to get a little exercise and some extra
* Don't forget a leash and make sure your pet is wearing a properly
fitted collar and id tags for pit stops during the journey.
* Bring your pet's identification, medication and a current photo in the
event you are separated. Also, talk with your veterinarian about
microchipping your pet for added security in your travels.
* Never ever leave your pet alone in a car. Extreme cold and hot
temperatures (even if a window is left partially open) can be fatal in
just a matter of minutes.
For Hotel Travel
* Most hotels also will require you to provide proof of vaccinations or a
* Avoid hotel food; always bring your pet's regular food on the trip.
* When packing, include some of your pet's creature comforts including
favorite bedding, toys and food dish.
* If staying in a hotel, bring your pet's crate or carrier and consider
putting out the "Do Not Disturb" sign to keep out unexpected hotel
staff. Also consider leaving the television or radio on to drown out
unfamiliar voices and noises which may frighten your pet.
Conway also recommends the use of pheromone therapy products like
Comfort Zone(R) with D.A.P. (R) for dogs and Comfort Zone(R) with
Feliway(R) for cats. Comfort Zone with D.A.P. for dogs mimics the
comforting pheromones produced naturally by a nursing mother dog. Comfort
Zone with Feliway for cats mimics feline facial pheromones which provide a
calming familiarity in the environment. Comfort Zone with D.A.P. and
Feliway are available both as a spray and a diffuser. The spray can be used
directly on bedding or on a bandana tied around the pet's neck for the
travel portion of your trip and the diffuser can be plugged in at the final
destination as well to help ensure the pet is comfortable in their new
"Being subjected to new surroundings during travel can cause added
stress to your pet resulting in some disruptive behaviors such as excessive
barking, whining and even inappropriate soiling while on your travels,"
said Conway. "However, if you follow some simple guidelines and use
pheromone therapy, traveling with your pet can be very relaxing for both
pet and parent."
SOURCE Central Life Sciences