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Tips to keep pets healthy, happy at home and on the road

December 22, 2005

Help keep pets happy and healthy on family vacations with some seasonal precautions.


Taking the pet on vacation

* Dogs and cats need to be secured properly in the car. Consider keeping the pet in a crate if it's a long trip. For large dogs, you can use a special harness that attaches to your vehicle's seat belt.

* Experts caution against letting dogs ride with their heads out the window of a moving vehicle. Air currents can cause inner ear damage.


* Decrease the risk of car sickness by not feeding pets right before you leave.

* Bring along water plus small toys and treats to keep your dog busy as some pets get anxious in the car.

* When planning hotel stays, check to see if they have pet-friendly policies.

Smaller pets: Home alone

Leaving your fish behind is no problem with week-end and vacation feeders. They slowly dissolve to meet the nutritional needs of your fish while you are away. Make sure the cage for a gerbil or hamster is in a cool place away from direct sunlight and has extra food, water bottles, chew toys and automatic feeders.

Exercise is important so get out and play with your pet.


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