Make sure the family pets are fitting safely into your holiday planning

December 08, 2017

Petstock Echuca owner Terrill Westwood with her dogs Willow and Tank whom she rescued from the Echuca pound.

WHETHER you’re heading off for the holidays with your pet or leaving it at home with a trusted sitter, it’s best to plan for all eventualities.

RSPCA Victoria chief executive Dr Liz Walker said it was essential all pets are fully vaccinated and wearing identification tags.

“We recommend all pets are de-sexed and up-to-date with vaccinations and routine preventative health care, such as worming and flea control,” Dr Walker said.

“If you are travelling with your pet, ask your veterinarian whether your destination has any pest or health concerns that you should be aware of, and whether vaccination is recommended,” she said.

“Pack a first aid kit for your animal and look up the contact details for 24-hour vets at your destination. It’s better to be prepared.”

The laws regarding restraint of dogs in or on vehicles can vary between the states, so it’s best to check the local road rules, particularly if you are heading interstate. RSPCA Victoria recommends restraining pets throughout the journey.

“A cat can be kept in a carrier and a dog on a harness or in a dog crate,” Dr Walker said.

“The container should enable your pet to lie down comfortably in a natural position, turn around, stand, sit and stretch with clearance.

For pets left at home, consider boarding them at a registered kennel or cattery; arranging for them to stay at a friend’s place, having someone care for them in your home, or enlisting the services of a reputable pet sitting service such as PetCloud.

Whatever you decide, provide a list of your pet’s requirements and a copy of their medical history, along with a letter of permission that states exactly who is looking after your pet in your absence and instructions for an emergency.

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