Help keep pets happy and healthy on family vacations with some seasonal precautions.
Taking the pet on vacation
* Dogs and cats need to be secured properly in the car. Consider keeping the pet in a crate if it's a long trip. For large dogs, you can use a special harness that attaches to your vehicle's seat belt.
* Experts caution against letting dogs ride with their heads out the window of a moving vehicle. Air currents can cause inner ear damage.
* Decrease the risk of car sickness by not feeding pets right before you leave.
* Bring along water plus small toys and treats to keep your dog busy as some pets get anxious in the car.
* When planning hotel stays, check to see if they have pet-friendly policies.
Smaller pets: Home alone
Leaving your fish behind is no problem with week-end and vacation feeders. They slowly dissolve to meet the nutritional needs of your fish while you are away. Make sure the cage for a gerbil or hamster is in a cool place away from direct sunlight and has extra food, water bottles, chew toys and automatic feeders.
Exercise is important so get out and play with your pet.