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Posted on 04-03-2018

Traveling with a Pet During Winter

Winter is a great time to explore the outdoors or go on a fun road trip with your pet. If you want to make the most out of your experience, you need to remember a few simple safety guidelines. The veterinarians at Hamilton Road Animal Hospital, in Columbus, Ohio, want to arm you with some handy tips to keep you and your furry friends happy and healthy during the colder months.  

Keeping Your Pet Comfortable and Safe

The most important thing to remember when traveling with a pet is to never leave them unattended in a vehicle. A car’s temperature can drop in minutes and quickly become a life-threatening situation.

Make frequent pit stops, so you and your pet can have a bite to eat, stretch your legs and use the restroom. Don’t allow them to drink water from standing puddles because they could be polluted with antifreeze and other harmful toxins.  

The safest way to travel with a pet is to keep them secured in a crate, but you need to be aware of the air circulation in your car. Being stuck in a crate with the heat blasting is extremely uncomfortable for your pooch, so make sure they have plenty of room.

Smart Packing for Winter Travel

Pack your pet’s medications, their collar, and tags, cleaning supplies for accidents and snacks. To keep your pets comfortable, bring along one of their favorite toys or a cozy blanket. Many hotels require proof of your pet’s vet records, including their vaccinations. Pet-friendly hotels include Choice Hotels, Marriot Hotels, and Extended Stay.

Researching for Pet-Friendly Fun

There are a lot of attractions and eateries that are animal-friendly. Consider planning your trip according to these destination points, so you and your pet can both enjoy the trip.

Keep Your Pet Health at Hamilton Road Animal Hospital

Before traveling, visit Hamilton Road Animal Hospital and ensure your pet is healthy and up to date on their vaccines. For more information on safe winter travel and to schedule an appointment, call the Columbus, Ohio office at 614-239-0027 today.

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