Tips for traveling with pets

People who plan to go to the beach with their pets should consult the vet before starting the trip. This is one of the recommendations to ensure the well-being of both of you while on vacation, especially in this time of pandemic.

More and more places allow pets to enter their facilities, so including them in the plan, in general, is no longer a problem. The first thing to advise is to identify beaches and “pet friendly” hotels and make sure they are.

If the vehicle journey is very long, certain precautions should be taken. Renán Mena, a veterinarian and a professor at the Central University of Ecuador, says there are animals that have a predisposition to feel dizzy or vomit on the road. To avoid this, it is recommended to go on an empty stomach or not to consume food for four hours before starting the trip.

Anxious dogs are the ones with the biggest problems and in some cases need to be sedated. If they are already used to moving around in the vehicle, they will have no problem.

Before leaving, it is also necessary to prepare a suitcase with the objects of the animal. A waterproof toy, a drinker, snacks to reward him, his leash, collar, bags to collect his poo and the updated vaccination record should be placed.

Mena says it’s important for the animal to visit the vet before travel to have a pipette placed. This will help you to avoid flea or tick infestations. In tropical climates the presence of parasites is higher and they tend to attack dogs.

Ticks can cause fever, itchy rash, and skin discomfort. What is most concerning is that they act as transmitters of diseases like lyme or anaplasmosis. When placing the pipette, specialists make sure to protect the animal from these effects. In addition, there are mosquitoes which, through their bite, can transmit heartworm disease. It is a disease that affects the hearts of infected people.

Too much sun is another factor that affects animals. To protect them, it is recommended to apply a dog sunscreen on the most sensitive and exposed areas. Mena says providing them with the right temperature conditions and having constant ventilation is essential.

Prolonged contact with sand, salt water and moisture can cause injury or skin infections. There are dogs that are not used to these environments and when they enter the sea they ingest large amounts of salt water. It has high sodium concentrations which can cause digestive problems or neurological disorders. Therefore, it is recommended that owners get to know their pets.

Mena says it’s unhealthy to bathe them every day, as their skin could become dry. They should be brushed to remove sand and clean the pads on their feet. It is also not advisable that they enter the sea every day.

Long-haired breeds are the ones with the greatest complications. If the stay at the beach is going to be long, it is better to cut your hair before the trip and brush it constantly.