Summer Travel With Fido Doesn't Have to Be Tricky

What to Do Before Em'barking on a Trip With Your Pet

May 15, 2007, 01:00 ET from Central Life Sciences

    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
        potty breaks.
     *  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
        health certificate.
     *  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