Traveling and Your Pets


Summer is upon us and we know many of you are planning trips or vacations over the next few months. Here are a couple of tips to help you get ready for vacation season with your pets, whether you’re taking them on vacation with you, having them boarded, or having a petsitter come to your house!

Make Sure Your Pet is Up To Date on All Vaccinations
If you’re planning to have your pet boarded while you’re out of town, make sure in advance that your pet is up to date on their vaccinations. Most boarding facilities require Rabies, Distemper/Parvo, and Bordetella, but the only way to be sure is to call your boarding facility and find out what they require. You can check your pet’s vaccination status by downloading our PetPage app (more about this below). If you’re having a petsitter come to your house to look after your pets, it’s still important to make sure your pet is up to date on all vaccinations in case of an emergency that requires your pets to be boarded or receive medical attention.

If you’re planning to take your pet with you on vacation, having access to your pet’s medical information through our PetPage app can be very helpful in the event your pet requires medical attention while you’re out of town. Many rentals also require proof of vaccinations and it’s handy to have this information at the tip of your fingers. Some people take their pets with them on vacation but plan to board them for a day or even overnight at their destination. If you’re planning to do this, make sure you’ve researched the facility you’re interested in and ask what vaccinations they require. We recommend all dogs traveling outside of this area to be vaccinated for Canine Influenza, a highly contagious respiratory disease. Some states have had outbreaks, while others have been spared, but you never know where other dogs at the facility have traveled to, so it’s important that your pet is protected. Those of you who may have your pet boarded locally should also consider this vaccination, because as we previously stated, you can never know where other pets at the facility are coming from.

Give Heartworm Prevention and Flea/Tick Prevention As Prescribed
Whether you’re taking your pet with you on a trip, boarding them at a facility or having a pet sitter come to your house, it’s important that your pet receive it’s Heartworm Prevention and Flea/Tick Prevention as prescribed. If you’re traveling outside of our area, you could be traveling to an area that has an even heavier mosquito or tick population than we have here in the Roanoke Valley, so you want to make sure your pet is protected. If you’re traveling for a long time, make sure you take enough prevention with you. And if you’re having a petsitter come to the house, leave instructions for administering your pet’s prevention if it’s due while you’re still out of town.

Download Our PetPage App
We have an app for both Apple and Android devices that you can download to get access to your pet’s medical history, prescriptions, and vaccination status. The app is free to download and is a great tool that allows you quick and easy access to important information regarding your pet’s medical history. Follow the instructions at the link below to download our PetPage App and have your pet’s medical information at the tip of your fingers!