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Vacationing with your pet: to bring or not to bring

Travelling with your petFor those of us planning vacations this summer, it can be almost as hard to find a place for our pets as it can be to plan our own trips. If you decide to keep your pet at home, here are some things to consider.

  • You can always give us a call to discuss recommendations for boarding facilities in the Green Bay area; we may also be able to help you find a pet sitter as well.
  • Visit any boarding facility prior to your trip to meet the people and get an idea about the facility's safety, conditions, and cleanliness.
  • If using a pet sitter, have them visit your pet in your home to see how they interact together.
  • Make reservations well in advance, summer can be a popular time for boarding.
  • Make sure your pet is current on vaccinations- you can always call us to ask, or check your pet's Petly page.
  • If your pet is on any medications, make sure you have a large enough supply to last through your trip, and leave clear instructions (charts can help a lot).
  • Make sure there is enough food, water (if you are turning off your water), cat litter, and litter box cleaning supplies.
  • Make sure your pet wears a collar with ID tags.
  • Leave your and our contact information with the boarding facility or your pet sitter so they can get ahold of you and us if needed.
If you are taking your pet with you, there are a few other things to consider.
  • Make sure your hotels, campsites, etc. will allow pets. One helpful website is www.petswelcome.com — you can enter a zip code and find pet-friendly lodging in that area.
  • In addition to your pet having all required vaccinations, you may need a current health certificate as well.
  • Bring your pet's food, water, bedding, and toys.
  • In addition to a collar with an ID tag, you should also bring a current picture of your pet in case he/she gets lost while you are gone.
  • If traveling by car, you pet is safest in a carrier. Do not let your pet ride in the back of a truck; we have seen too many serious injuries when dogs jump from a truck bed.
As always, we are here to help. If you have any questions about safe travel with your pet, please call!

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