Ever start out on a trip and have that sinking feeling that you forgot something? Usually, you haven't forgotten a thing but sometimes you do. Unless you're are super-organized, you plan what clothes to bring, what to cook, and what to bring for the kids. But often we don't think about what to bring for our pets. By forgetting to provide for their needs, bringing pets along makes more work and frustration for us. Here is a list of things to make traveling with your pet easier! If you travel often with your pet, you can keep some of these things packed and ready.
___ Make sure pets are allowed at stops and at your final destination.
___ Make sure pet's vaccinations are up to date.
___ Pet's medical records, to include rabies certificate, your vet's phone number, insurance papers if the pet is insured, a color photo, and your pet's tattoo or microchip number and the telephone number of the registry.
___ Collar with tags
___ Pet's medications and prescriptions in case you run out.
___ Leash, plus an extra leash
___ Duct tape and waterproof pen
___ "Poop" baggies (recycle newspaper bags!)
___ Usual brand of dog food
___ Food and water bowls
___ First aid supplies
___ Crate and/or exercise pen or something to confine pet out of doors
___ Dog bed or favorite blanket
___ Favorite toy
___ Old sheet to make "instant shade"
___ Clothes pins
___ Paper towels
___ Vinegar and water mixture for fabric clean ups
___ Grooming tools
___ Special treats
___ Flea/tick repellant
___ Container of "home" water, if necessary
___ If camping in cold weather, a dog coat or sweater
___ A few old, dispensable bath towels (for rain or unscheduled bath)
___ Figure 8 harness
___ Litter box and litter
___ Get phone number and address of vet at your destination. (If your pet has an emergency, every minute will count. Get the number, just in case--like an umbrella, if you carry it, it won't rain!)
___ Locate the "dog walk" area.
And now that you have provided for all your pet's needs, don't forget the kids!
*** Don't laugh! I heard the following true story about the state 4H horse show: The state 4H horse show is held in our capitol and is the culmination of the 4Hers' year. A family with two 4Hers living a considerable distance from the capitol planned meticulously for the upcoming event. Everyone had a job or something to pack, so as they left for the show, the truck and trailer were pretty full. Before one can unload at the fairgrounds, one must pull up to the veterinarian's office. The veterinarian makes sure all the horses' vaccinations are up to date. Generally, he does so by examining the paperwork and then checking over the back of the trailer to ensure the colors and markings of the horses match those on the records. The 4Hers' Dad was tired from the drive and stayed in the truck. The veterinarian completed his review of the documents, peeked over the trailer ramp at the horses, and then walked back to the truck. "I don't know how to tell you, this," he said, "but you forgot your horses. The trailer is empty!" Everyone had been so organized about bringing the feed, tack, etc., everyone thought everyone else had loaded the horses. The heavily loaded truck and trailer "rode" as though the horses were back there. (Don't know why they did not stop midway to check on the horses--certainly would have discovered their "error" then???!). Of course, Dad drove back home and retrieved the horses rather than face the his kids' disappointment--about a six-hour drive!
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