If you are planning a long week end away over Easter, there are a few things you might want to consider. If you are taking your “furrkid” with you, remember to take a bag with his vaccination certificates and other essential items. A familiar blanket will help him settle more easily, both in the car and on arrival at your destination. Pack a dish, water and leash near to hand, so that you can offer water and a walk at every stop. NEVER leave your pet unattended in the vehicle and always have a window open for good ventilation. For the other end you need food, meds, chewies and favourite toys.
Ensure you know what you are heading into. If you are staying at a pet friendly hotel, read their pet policy and rules carefully. With friends or family ask if they and their pets will be happy for you to bring Fido and find out about their house rules for dogs so that you will have a smooth beginning to your visit.
Whether your pets are travelling with you or staying at home, ensure vaccinations and tick and flea treatments are all up to date. Check your pet’s ID tag or have him micro-chipped so that if he goes walk-about there is a good chance of reuniting him with you.
Whether you are leaving your pets in kennels or at home with a house sitter use the services of only those who have been recommended. Provide clear detailed instructions for feeding, medication, play and exercise as well as sleeping arrangements. Remember to leave a comprehensive list of contact numbers including the name and telephone number of your vet.
Chocolate is NOT good for dogs. Theobromine and caffeine, found in cocoa can cause cardiac, gastrointestinal and neurological abnormalities in dogs. If ingested, dogs can experience vomiting and diarrhoea, hyperactivity, anxiety and even seizures. Enjoy your Easter eggs, but keep them out of paw’s reach.