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Tips for Traveling with Fido and Felix
Tips for Traveling with Fido and Felix

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Planning a summer getaway and want Fido or Felix to share in the fun? As you prepare for your pet's big adventure, here are a few travel dos (and one travel don't) to help get you off to the right start:

DO visit your veterinarian before you leave to ensure your pet is ready to travel. Request an updated health certificate with information on vaccinations and if necessary, re-stock on your pet's medication. Be sure to find out what to include in your pet's first aid kit.

DO update your pet's tags with your cell phone number, or better yet, have Fido and Felix microchipped. Bring a current photo and description of your loved one; should they get lost, you won't be scrambling.

DO reserve ahead at a pet-friendly hotel chain like Days Inn, where your furry friends are welcome. Ensure they know to expect your pet, and confirm the details of your reservation before you leave.

DO schedule regular breaks during your road trip to take Fido and Felix on walks. It's just as important for dogs, cats and other traveling companions to stretch their legs as it is for humans. Remember the pooper scooper!

DO plan activities with your pet so they don't stay alone in the hotel room. Ask the hotel staff to provide suggestions on pet-friendly attractions, nearby off-leash dog parks and other fun things to do.

DON'T leave your furry friends in the car. In warm weather, cars can heat up to dangerous temperatures even if the windows are left slightly open. Bring along water to keep your pet hydrated and don't forget their regular food and treats for the long road trip ahead.

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(For more information on pets and animal adoption, please visit www.petconnectionprogramsinc.com. Or, visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pet-Connection-Programs-inc-Marilla-NY/114420508616511?ref=ts. Located in Marilla, N.Y., Pet Connection Programs Inc. is a nonprofit maternity and special care shelter founded in 1984.)


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