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Keeping Your Pet Friendly Travels Pest Free

Puppy Scratching Himself

Photo Credit: Lee J Haywood

Itching to travel … and itching because you’ve traveled are two very different things!

A road trip with your pets is supposed to be fun for everyone, but if fleas find your kitty or ticks torment your pooch it could ruin your vacation. Before you hit the road, check out these tips to keep your pet friendly travels happy, healthy, and pest free.

Pack the Meds – If you’re using a monthly medication to prevent heart worm, fleas, or ticks, be sure to pack enough to cover your pet for the time you’re going to be away. Missing a dosage could leave your pet vulnerable and you don’t want to count on finding your preferred brand while you’re traveling.

Know Your Enemy – Traveling to a different area or climate means the pests you’ll need to watch out for may be different. Ask your vet and do some research to get the low-down on the ticks or biting insects your dog or cat might meet.

Temperature Matters – Fleas, ticks, and mosquitos may not survive the winter where you live … but plan a trip to escape the cold and you’re sure to find them! If you know you’re going to be traveling somewhere warm, consider giving preventative medications year-round and apply a quality dog flea treatment before you go.

Retrieve the Repellants – Human insect repellants should never be used on pets, so ask your local pet shop or vet to recommend a mosquito and flea repellant that’s safe for pets.

Brushing with Purpose – Taking a break from grooming while you’re on vacation may sound like a good idea, but brushing your pet can alert you to uninvited guests. After hikes and walks, be sure to check your pet for creepy-crawlies.

Bugs in the Bed – Bed bugs are a new pest you need to consider. Infestations have become a real problem in certain areas of the country – and the little buggers don’t care whether their next meal comes from you or your pet!

Bed bugs are unaffected by topical flea and tick medications, so protect your dog or cat by checking hotel reviews online and avoiding any that mention bed bugs. In addition, limit the luggage you take into hotel rooms to the absolute necessities. Bed bugs will hide in the fabric of your pet’s bed, his plush toys, or the crevices of your suitcase and hitch a ride with you. Getting rid of bed bugs is extremely difficult, so your best bet is to avoid taking them home in the first place.

Dog in Bed

If you’re looking for more information on making the most of your pet friendly vacation, check out our pet travel tips!

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