|Care of base - Travelling peacefully with your pet|
Make sure that your animal will be happy to travel... i.e. will it suffer from travel sickness? Will it be homesick? If it is the case, you may have a much less pleasant vacation. Fortunately, there are some alternatives.
Check with your family and friends. Perhaps a person you know could "baby sit", or you could leave your pet at a reputable facility. (CVL offers boarding.)
Make sure pets are allowed in the hotel, motel or campground.
Try to find as direct a flight as possible or with the least amount of stops.
Arrive early at the airport in order to place your animal in the baggage hold and retrieve it quickly when you reach your destination.
Plan stops every 2 hours or so for exercise, nature's needs and snacks.
To avoid "accidents" in the car, it is preferable to give the main meal at the end of the day.
Don't forget that you should never leave your pet in a parked car for a long period of time, especially on sunny days. The temperature in the car goes up quickly and this could have terrible consequences for your pet (heat strokes can be deadly!).
Note that VIA Rail does not allow pets in passenger cars, but they can travel in a cage as "registered luggage".
If you are thinking about travelling abroad (Europe for example), refer to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency site, under "Animals/Exports" www.inspection.gc.ca. You will find all the information you need regarding vaccines, necessary documents, rabies serum antibody titers and the type of identification required for your animal (microchip and/or tattoo).
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For more information, contact the consulate of the country in question.
If your pet seems anxious or if it is agitated in the car for example, your veterinarian can prescribe some medication in order to make your pet's trip and yours more pleasant. (This requires a medical exam.)
Have on hand its favourite toy, a leash, some food (preferably kibbles) and fresh water.
In addition, make sure the transport cage (if necessary) is solid, big enough to allow your animal to move (turn around, lie down and stand up). It must have a waterproof floor, a food and water area, and it must lock securely.
Have a nice trip !!