NEWS - What to do before leaving for vacation with your pet?

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Traveling with the pet! Are we ready?

ASummer is coming, we are getting ready to go on vacation. Whether short or long, we don't want to go out of our way to experience it with our pets. It's a wonderful experience, but we need to be prepared for the journey in the best way possible. Let's see what to do by preparing in time.



BEFORE DEPARTING A JUMP TO THE VET - The state of health is crucial. It is very prescient and helpful to take our pet to the vet, to make sure his condition is optimal. We inform our vet of the location to which we are headed; he will provide us with all the information we need for a peaceful stay.



HEALTH RECORD CHECK. DOES IT NEED A PASSPORT? - Are the vaccinations in order? Do they need to be renewed? A visit to the veterinarian's office allows us to verify that the dates of the booster shots have been met. If we need to travel abroad, we need to apply for a passport. It is necessary for our veterinarian to attest in a pre-printed sheet our formal request to the relevant asl, to confirm that the microchip matches the pet for whom we are requesting the document to be issued.


With the veterinarian's certificate, we will have to go in person, in advance of our departure, to the local veterinary office. We will pay a stamp for the issuance of the passport, at the time of application. 


It is important to do these tasks weeks before the trip, partly because in many foreign states rabies vaccination is required. This cannot be done on the eve of departure. So, let's get informed and leave with peace of mind!



THE PET'S SUITCASE - What should we carry in our four-legged friend's suitcase? In addition to his food, we ask our veterinarian to suggest some medications that might be useful in case he gets sick. We bring a muzzle, even an extra leash, check that the tag with our phone numbers is in place, don't forget the hygienic bags, as well as of course the cat litter box.



IF THE CAR SUFFERS - Many pets suffer from motion sickness, that is, they are sick when traveling by car. The vet can help us, but it is good to get the pet progressively used to experiencing the car not as a problem. Let's get him into the trunk, press him, with the car stopped. Having gained confidence, let's do very short yards with the car in motion. Let's make the movement natural. And we go by successive steps. 


A word of advice: best to travel with pets on an empty stomach. Not everyone is used to setting out on a full stomach.



STOPS AND FRESH - Stops are necessary for us as well as for our pet. So we schedule stops where we can stop and let him roam around, including for his needs. Water should never be lacking. Let's make sure his place in the car is not in direct exposure to the sun. Nor in direct air.



TRANSPORTATION OR SAFETY BELT - A pet cannot ride in a car freely. For his and our safety, he must be put in a condition where he cannot get hurt. A pet carrier is the safest place for him to travel in, and there are different types of them: fabric, plastic or wire mesh. The latter, in summer, is the most suitable because it allows more air circulation. Tying the dog to a special seat belt is possible, but keep in mind that in the event of a collision, the animal could be injured.  


There are also partition nets to separate the animal in the trunk from the passengers, but as a matter of safety, the carrier or kennel remains the safest place for him to travel and rest. We start getting him used to experiencing it as his "bedroom" and nap place already when he is home. It is not a punishment, but a place of comfort and tranquility.



EUROPE HAS FIXED THE RULES - As of December 29, 2014, new European Union health regulations (EU Regulation 576/2013 and EU Regulation 577/2013) governing the noncommercial movement of pet animals between EU member countries and from third countries came into effect. 


These regulations are essential to protect public and animal health, with a focus on rabies prevention, and help to combat illegal pet trafficking without placing unjustified obstacles to traveling abroad with pets.



HOW MANY ANIMALS CAN I TRANSPORT? - The maximum number of pets (dogs, cats, and ferrets) that may accompany the owner or authorized person on any single trip is five animals (Article 5(1) of Regulation (EU) 576/2013). By way of derogation and subject to certain conditions, the maximum number of pet animals (dogs, cats, and ferrets) may be more than five if the non-commercial movement is for the purpose of participation in competitions, exhibitions, or sporting events or for training for such events (Article 5(2) of Regulation (EU) 576/2013).