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More and more people are bringing their four-legged companions with them on their vacations. The increasing number of pet-friendly airlines, hotels, cafés, and other forms of accommodations and activities allow people to bring their pets wherever they go. But what do you do if your dog falls ill or gets injured while you’re on vacation and far away from a vet?Some health issues can be very unpredictable and you’ll have to think on your feet. You can prevent cases of overheating or dehydration, but what will you do if your dog eats a poisonous plant or hurts his paw? The key is to be prepared with some research and education. Another important factor is remaining calm and taking the right decisions to protect your dog’s health while on your vacation.When you’re planning your vacation, prepare in advance and be ready in case your pet falls sick or gets injured. Take the following steps to make sure that you’re ready to handle any issue that could affect your dog’s health.Research the location you’re traveling to:
All locations can have dangers such as outbreaks of diseases, environmental threats, etc. Research the area you’re traveling to and identify factors that could threaten your dog’s health like ticks, parasites, canine disease outbreaks, toxic water bodies, etc.Consult your local vet:
Before you leave for your vacation, speak to veterinarians from your holiday destination and ask them for suggestions regarding how safe it is for your pet. This is wiser than reaching the destination and encountering a problem that you didn’t know about earlier.Carry your dog’s medical records:
If an emergency occurs, it is important that you have details of your dog’s medical history. You could scan these records and carry them on a flash drive instead of carrying physical documents. Don’t forget to carry your veterinarian’s contact information as well.Carry a first-aid kit:
As you would when you’re traveling with fellow humans, pack a first-aid kit for your dog that includes everything you’d need to treat minor cuts and bruises, upset stomach, or a fever. Also pack a muzzle for your dog in case you might have to take your dog to the pet hospital.Become familiar with your dog’s healthy vital signs:
Study and learn about your dog’s baseline vital signs such as body temperature and pulse. This can help you identify if your pet is feeling unwell, overheated, or detect other health issues. Undergo a pet first aid training program.In case of an emergency, don’t hesitate to call your vet. They can give you advice or help you through what you should do in a crisis. If emergency care is required, locate the closest 24-hour veterinarian hospital. While on vacation, carry necessities like water, antihistamines, cold packs, bandages, and a blanket. Your pets will depend on you completely in case something goes wrong, so it is your responsibility to keep your dog safe.