Vet Info for Pet Parents

3 Things You Need To Take With Your When Traveling With Your Canine Companion

Whether you're taking your furry friend on a road trip where you'll be camping under the stars at night or to a luxury vacation at a pet-friendly resort, you're going to want to make sure your pet stays as healthy and happy as possible for the duration of the trip. Naturally, you're going to want to take any prescription or over-the-counter medication that your pet takes on a regular basis. But you should also remember to take along a copy of any prescriptions in case the medication somehow gets lost while you're out of town and it becomes necessary to have it replaced by an emergency veterinary clinic. It's also important to have the contact information for any emergency vet clinics with you when you travel.

The following are three more essential things that you need to take with you when traveling with your pet.

Veterinary Records

No one likes the thought of their canine companion becoming hurt or injured, but this scenario is even more distressing when it takes place when you and your pet are far from home. Having your pet's veterinary records with you can save valuable time in the event that it becomes necessary to visit an emergency vet clinic. Those working in the field of emergency veterinary services need to be able to make quick decisions with as much accuracy as possible in order to save the lives of the furry friends under their care and knowing your pet's medical history will help them make the best possible decisions about what's right for your pet.

Pet First Aid Kit

You should also bring along a basic first-aid kit for your pet. It should include wet wipes specifically formulated for dogs to use for quick clean-ups of small wounds or bites your dog may experience. You should also pack anti-itch lotion, canine bandages, hydrogen peroxide, antibiotic ointment, ear wipes, and a pair of booties if your dog will be walking on hot or cold surfaces such as snow, ice, hot sand, or hot pavement. 

Hard Copy Photos of Your Pet

If your dog gets loose and bolts away in an unfamiliar environment, time is of the essence. If you're like most people, you've got plenty of photos of your pet on your phone, but hard copy photos can quickly be tacked up on bulletin boards and telephone poles as well as passed around to local residents. Print out about 20 of these and keep them in your glove compartment or your suitcase.

For more information about pet care, contact a veterinarian.