If you are about to travel, you have probably gathered together a collection of various travel medications. Take this quiz to learn more about travel medication for your pets.
Common problems for which pets are given medications while traveling include vomiting, bladder control and stress.
It is a good idea to take your pet for short car trips before going on an extended trip so that the pet can get used to the motion of the car. If possible, take your pets for short trips on trains and boats or any other mode of transport you may be using on your trip before you go.
Before you travel, always give your pet any medication you might use on the trip, to ensure your pet does not experience any side effects on the road. Ask you vet about side effects of medications so that you know what to look out for.
The rule for dogs and bladder control is "one month equals one hour." This means that for every month old the dog is, it should be able to control its hold of urine for an extra hour, up to eight hours.
Although the rule is that a dog will be hold it for longer as they get older, elderly dogs lose the ability to hold urine for a long time. You may need to make more frequent stops if you are traveling with a puppy or an elderly dog to allow it to relieve itself without having an accident.
The pet market makes $49 billion each year on a range of products, including pet medications.
Medications come in smoky or beef flavors, helping to entice your pet to take its medications.
You may want to bring along diapers, pads or newspapers to manage accidents. It is a good idea to budget in extra time for bathroom breaks and walks to help manage bladder control, since insisting that your pet hold in urine for very long periods is unnatural and not healthy for your pet.
By limiting your pet's food and water intake a few hours before traveling, you can help your pet to control their bladder in the car.
Unfortunately, cats cannot be taken for a walk in order to urinate. Rather, you will need to bring along a portable litter box for your feline.
Your cat may refuse to use an unfamiliar litter box or it may not want to urinate while the car is moving.
If a cat urinates indoors it is most likely out of stress from a new environment or from traveling than from anger or spite.
Acupuncture can be used on cats as an alternative to medication. Lavender can be effective for relaxing dogs.
The inner ear is responsible for sensing motion and balance in both humans and animals.
Pfizer's Cerenia was the first anti-nausea treatment for dogs to go onto the market, after it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2007.
Cerenia can be administered by injection or orally.
You pet might begin to drool, act skittish or might have diarrhea if it is feeling nauseated.
Prolonged vomiting can lead to dehydration. Hydrating your pet is all about balance: It is important not to deprive your pet of water, but at the same time, pets generally travel better on an empty stomach.
Sedatives put the brain to sleep, helping to calm the animal or make them sleep for short periods. Sedatives are used for a range of reasons, including helping an animal to travel well.
Sedatives can drop a pet's respiration rate, heart rate and temperature, which can be very dangerous if an animal is stuck down in an airplane cargo hold unsupervised. In addition, sedatives can dehydrate an animal, which may not have access to water while traveling.