Sometimes a family trip is just not the same without your pet. Take this quiz to learn more about how to keep your pet healthy while traveling.
The health certificate has to have been issued within 10 days before your departure date.
Animals usually travel in the cargo hold, unless they are small enough to fit on the plane as carry-on baggage.
Pet owners are often tempted to give their pets sedatives before a flight to calm the owner's nerves about how their pet is coping down in the cargo hold. However, sedatives can cause severe cardiovascular or respiratory distress in animals while traveling in a pressurized airplane cabin at high altitudes.
A loose animal can create a distraction, which can be dangerous, and the pet can be seriously injured if the car crashes. It is important to keep your animal in a carrier or to harness it with a special pet seat belt when traveling in the car.
Heart worm is a mosquito-borne disease and cats and dogs in the U.S. must be inoculated against it.
In the summer, people head to the mountains for vacation, where dogs can run around in woodland. Ticks find their way onto dogs because they are close to the ground and their fur makes an attractive home.
The ticks that transmit Lyme disease are so minute that topical tick repellants and tick collars will not sufficiently prevent Lyme disease. The best thing is to get your dog inoculated with the Lyme disease vaccine.
Lyme disease can cause lameness, seizures, kidney failure and neurological damage in cats and dogs.
Many dogs have suffered from arthritis and joint swelling after receiving the Lyme disease vaccine.
Natural remedies, such as spraying your pet with citrus-based solutions or feeding it with tonic herbs or garlic, may not be as effective in preventing Lyme disease as the vaccine but will not cause side effects.
It usually takes a tick no more than two days to spread the disease to your pet after it attaches itself to the animal. Daily grooming can prevent tick-borne disease. Make sure you check your pet thoroughly for any pests that may be hidden underneath its fur.
Remove ticks with tweezers. Make sure you remove its entire body, including its jaws. Also search for brown droppings they might have left behind.
Food allergies are easy to detect using an elimination diet. This is when foods are eliminated and then reintroduced one by one to see which one the pet reacts to.
The most common source of allergies in dogs are fleas, or more precisely, flee saliva.
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, one in every five dogs has some kind of allergy.
Pets do sometimes show similar symptoms to human allergy reactions with sneezing, wheezing and goopy eyes. In general, pet allergies are evident on the skin with a very itchy dermatitis that the pet will be constantly scratching at.
Corn, wheat, milk, eggs and soy are foods that often cause allergies in pets.
Pets are exposed to many new organisms and environments when traveling, putting them at risk of having an allergic reaction to something. Even something like a hotel carpet cleaned with a different solvent may cause your pet to develop a dermatitis. Pets can vomit or get diarrhea from drinking different water.
Animals may rub away or pull out their fur as a result of dermatitis. But poor diet may also be the source of a poor looking coat or harm to the animal's skin.
Fish oil contains essential fatty acids that help to nourish a pet's skin and coat.