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Travelling with pets: top travel & safety tips

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Your guide to a safe, happy and relaxing holiday.

Travelling with Pets: Top Travel & Safety Tips

Everyone needs a break – even our beloved pets. Use this Travelling With Pets article to guide you and the family on a safe, happy and relaxing holiday – starting with what to pack. You’ll need food, bowls, leads, toys, kitty litter, poo bags, water, bedding, collars – and of course, parasite protection.

Preparation is the key to any vacation, so make sure your pet is up to date with all vaccinations, worming and parasite control before you head off.

Before you go

Tags and microchips will help identify your pet in case it gets lost – talk to your vet about the benefits of microchipping. Make sure your mobile phone details are correct so you can be contacted if your pet goes missing.

Travelling north or to a hot and humid location? Trimming your pet’s hair will help keep them cool and make it easier to find ticks.

School Holidays are popular times for camping – be aware of dangerous holiday destinations with potential risks like snakes and Paralysis ticks. Find pet friendly accommodation and check for any restrictions regarding beaches, parks and popular attractions – click here for more pet friendly locations.

Order enough medication and pack a pet first aid kit including dilute antiseptic (betadine) and a clean bandage – find out the local vet’s contact details in the place you’re travelling to in case of emergency.

If you can’t travel with your pet ask neighbours, relatives or friends to pet-sit or consider a local vet or boarding kennel for dogs and cats.

Travelling by car

The best way to transport pets is in a specially designed carrier or cage, which should have good ventilation, plenty of room to move about and a secure door. Dogs can also be restrained by wearing a safety harness that attaches them to a seat belt – never leave dogs or cats loose inside a moving vehicle as they could both cause an accident and be badly injured.

For longer journeys, here are some hints to ensure a pleasant, stress-free trip:

Prevention is always better than cure

Less than 6 minutes in a car can kill a dog. Even with windows left open, the temperature inside a car quickly rises. Dogs cool themselves by panting, but this isn’t effective in high temperatures, leading to heat exhaustion and without fast treatment, death.

So never leave your pet unattended in a hot car – even if the windows are down and always take a water container to quench your pet’s thirst when you stop

Travelling by plane

You’ll need to have your pet thoroughly examined, wormed and vaccinated by a vet before being approved for air travel

Dogs and cats usually go in cargo – assistance and seeing-eye dogs are allowed in the cabin


Travelling North

The warmth and humidity of Queensland, Northern Territory, Northwest Australia and the East Coast of New South Wales mean these regions pose a higher parasite risk for pets

Paralysis ticks, heartworm, hookworm, leptospira, fleas, mosquitoes and Sandflies are more prevalent the further north you go


How do I keep my dog safe from ticks?

We understand the importance of parasite prevention when travelling with pets, so use our handy hints to enjoy a tick-free holiday:

Prevent tick emergencies with Advantix

The best way to prevent ticks harming – and potentially killing – your dog is to repel them using Advantix fortnightly.

What are the warning signs of paralysis tick poisoning?

Remember to check your dog for ticks daily and if you suspect tick paralysis seek immediate veterinary treatment. Please talk to your pet health professional about tick prevention products for cats.

Got a pet health question?

If you have a question on anything from parasites to pet health, ask us we don't bite!


Call The Advantage Pet Care Line on 1800 678 368.

Advantix for Dogs

Just one Paralysis tick bite can prove fatal. Protect them against Paralysis ticks and biting insects before they bite with Advantix for dogs.


Treats
Fleas, Ticks, Flying insects, Mites, Lice

Ticks: What you need to know

Don’t let ticks harm your dog this season.

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Got a pet health question?

If you have a question on anything from parasites to pet health, ask us we don't bite!


Call The Advantage Pet Care Line on 1800 678 368.

Advantix for Dogs

Just one Paralysis tick bite can prove fatal. Protect them against Paralysis ticks and biting insects before they bite with Advantix for dogs.

Treats
Fleas, Ticks, Flying insects, Mites, Lice

Ticks: What you need to know

- ↓ -

Don’t let ticks harm your dog this season.