Traveling with your pet this weekend? Be sure to prepare your pet for the ride with these simple steps.

COLUMBUS, OHIO — JULY 2, 2010 — The July Fourth holiday marks one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. If you’re heading out on vacation with your family and bringing Fido along for the ride (if he’s healthy enough to make the trip, of course), the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) recommends you follow these suggestions to make sure both you and your pet enjoy a relaxing, stress-free holiday weekend.

  • If you are traveling to another state, obtain a health certificate from your veterinarian. This ensures your pet is up-to-date on vaccinations and is disease free.
  • Make sure you take all of your pet’s necessary identification and documentation, including a current photo, ID tag with contact information, and your pet’s medical records. If your pet has a microchip, update the records before leaving.
  • Take your veterinarian’s contact information with you, along with a list of veterinary hospitals along your route and in your destination, in case of an emergency.
  • Pack all of your pet’s normal necessities, including his collar, leash, bed, toys, food, and medication, to ensure your pet is comfortable and healthy while on vacation.
  • If you are staying in a pet-friendly hotel, try to minimize the time your pet will spend alone in the room. While you are gone, hang a privacy sign on the door so your pet is not disturbed, and notify the front desk that you are leaving him alone for a few hours.

Traveling can be a stressful experience, for both people and their pets. By taking these simple precautions, you can make sure the whole family has a fun and safe vacation!
The Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) is a non-profit organization providing services to its members in the areas of continuing education, advocacy on public policy matters, and access to variety of professional resources. The OVMA represents more than 2,400 veterinarians practicing in various fields and specialties. The OVMA’s principal purpose and mission is to foster life-long learning, stewardship, compassion and community in veterinary medicine.

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Ohio Veterinary Medical Association
3168 Riverside Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43221
Phone: 614.486.7253 / 800.662.OVMA
Fax: 614.486.1325

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