Happy Tails for Pet Travelers

Purina Pet Institute Offers Tips for Pet-Friendly Travel



Apr 27, 2001, 01:00 ET from Ralston Purina Company

    ST. LOUIS, Mo., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- As the summer months approach and
 vacation plans get underway, more and more Americans are taking an additional
 family member on trips... their pet.
     According to statistics from a recent State of the American Pet Survey
 conducted by the Purina Pet Institute, almost one-third of pet owners
 (31 percent) have taken their pet on vacation.  Although dogs hit the road
 more often with their owners (45 percent) 16 percent of cat owners have also
 been accompanied by their pet.
     Although America continues to become more "pet friendly," traveling with a
 pet in tow requires some special considerations.  To ensure a comfortable and
 safe trip for our feline friends and canine companions, the Purina Pet
 Institute offers "pet friendly" travel tips:
 
     Before Your Trip:
     -- Make sure your pet's vaccinations are up-to-date.
     -- Be certain your pet is wearing an identification tag giving his name,
        your name and home address and telephone number including the area
        code.
     -- Take pictures of your pet and write a description of his colorings,
        weight, body size and distinguishing marks.  Bring these photos with
        you -- this information will help if your pet gets lost.
     -- If the mosquito season begins earlier or ends later in the area you
        will be visiting, make sure to administer heartworm medication.
     -- Refrain from feeding your pet for at least three hours before leaving
        on your trip.
     -- Provide your pet with some exercise before you start to drive.
     -- Pack your pet's water and food bowls, grooming equipment, food, health
        and rabies certificates and any heartworm or other medicine he may
        need.
     -- Make sure your pet is accustomed to riding in your car.  Begin with
        short rides each day and gradually increase the length of each ride
        before the big trip.
     -- If your pet is unable to adjust to short rides, a responsible sitter or
        a boarding kennel or cattery is preferable.  Make reservations in
        advance.
 
     On the Road
     -- For safety reasons, place your pet in a carrier. If a carrier is not
        feasible for your dog, use a restraining harness.  Never put a carrier
        on the sunny side of the car.
     -- Provide fresh drinking water and snacks for your dog or cat throughout
        the trip.
     -- If the drive is eight hours or longer, give your cat the opportunity to
        use a litter pan three or four times or stop so your dog can eliminate.
     -- Do not leave your pet alone in a closed car on a hot day.
     -- Always put your dog on a leash (and harness and leash for a cat) before
        letting him out of the car.  If you walk your pet on the highway at
        night, both of you should wear reflective strips.
     -- Feed your pet shortly after you arrive at your destination or when you
        have stopped for the day.
 
     In the Air
     -- Try to avoid peak travel periods when delays and stopovers are longer.
     -- When making airline reservations for your pet, always check to
        determine their policies regarding pets.  Some airlines allow cats and
        small dogs to travel with their owner if the carrier fits under the
        passenger seat.  Airlines may also have specific regulations regarding
        pet travel in cargo.
     -- On the day of the flight, provide your pet with some exercise before
        leaving for the airport.
     -- Put a cushion or blanket on the crate floor.  Make sure your pet has
        access to water in his crate during the flight.
     -- Pick your pet up promptly at the end of the flight.
     -- If traveling overseas, ask your travel agent or the consul of the
        country you plan to visit about quarantines.
 
     Your Destination
     -- When making hotel reservations make sure you understand their policies
        regarding pets.
     -- Once at your destination, observe all regulations regarding pets.
     -- Confine your pet in a carrier or restricted space when leaving him
        alone.
     -- Be considerate of others.  Your consideration will help keep pets
        welcome guests and allow all pet owners the opportunity to continue to
        bring their entire family on vacation.
 
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SOURCE Ralston Purina Company
    ST. LOUIS, Mo., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- As the summer months approach and
 vacation plans get underway, more and more Americans are taking an additional
 family member on trips... their pet.
     According to statistics from a recent State of the American Pet Survey
 conducted by the Purina Pet Institute, almost one-third of pet owners
 (31 percent) have taken their pet on vacation.  Although dogs hit the road
 more often with their owners (45 percent) 16 percent of cat owners have also
 been accompanied by their pet.
     Although America continues to become more "pet friendly," traveling with a
 pet in tow requires some special considerations.  To ensure a comfortable and
 safe trip for our feline friends and canine companions, the Purina Pet
 Institute offers "pet friendly" travel tips:
 
     Before Your Trip:
     -- Make sure your pet's vaccinations are up-to-date.
     -- Be certain your pet is wearing an identification tag giving his name,
        your name and home address and telephone number including the area
        code.
     -- Take pictures of your pet and write a description of his colorings,
        weight, body size and distinguishing marks.  Bring these photos with
        you -- this information will help if your pet gets lost.
     -- If the mosquito season begins earlier or ends later in the area you
        will be visiting, make sure to administer heartworm medication.
     -- Refrain from feeding your pet for at least three hours before leaving
        on your trip.
     -- Provide your pet with some exercise before you start to drive.
     -- Pack your pet's water and food bowls, grooming equipment, food, health
        and rabies certificates and any heartworm or other medicine he may
        need.
     -- Make sure your pet is accustomed to riding in your car.  Begin with
        short rides each day and gradually increase the length of each ride
        before the big trip.
     -- If your pet is unable to adjust to short rides, a responsible sitter or
        a boarding kennel or cattery is preferable.  Make reservations in
        advance.
 
     On the Road
     -- For safety reasons, place your pet in a carrier. If a carrier is not
        feasible for your dog, use a restraining harness.  Never put a carrier
        on the sunny side of the car.
     -- Provide fresh drinking water and snacks for your dog or cat throughout
        the trip.
     -- If the drive is eight hours or longer, give your cat the opportunity to
        use a litter pan three or four times or stop so your dog can eliminate.
     -- Do not leave your pet alone in a closed car on a hot day.
     -- Always put your dog on a leash (and harness and leash for a cat) before
        letting him out of the car.  If you walk your pet on the highway at
        night, both of you should wear reflective strips.
     -- Feed your pet shortly after you arrive at your destination or when you
        have stopped for the day.
 
     In the Air
     -- Try to avoid peak travel periods when delays and stopovers are longer.
     -- When making airline reservations for your pet, always check to
        determine their policies regarding pets.  Some airlines allow cats and
        small dogs to travel with their owner if the carrier fits under the
        passenger seat.  Airlines may also have specific regulations regarding
        pet travel in cargo.
     -- On the day of the flight, provide your pet with some exercise before
        leaving for the airport.
     -- Put a cushion or blanket on the crate floor.  Make sure your pet has
        access to water in his crate during the flight.
     -- Pick your pet up promptly at the end of the flight.
     -- If traveling overseas, ask your travel agent or the consul of the
        country you plan to visit about quarantines.
 
     Your Destination
     -- When making hotel reservations make sure you understand their policies
        regarding pets.
     -- Once at your destination, observe all regulations regarding pets.
     -- Confine your pet in a carrier or restricted space when leaving him
        alone.
     -- Be considerate of others.  Your consideration will help keep pets
        welcome guests and allow all pet owners the opportunity to continue to
        bring their entire family on vacation.
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X10131732
 
 SOURCE  Ralston Purina Company