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Don't leave your dogs all alone

IT'S that time of year when we're all dreaming of our next holiday, and a growing number of Australians are including pets in their travel plans for a getaway the whole family can enjoy.

VetshopAustralia.com.au says that with pet-friendly accommodation on the rise, our four-legged friends are discovering the joys of the great Aussie road trip like never before, allowing the entire family unit to bond and have fun.

And by following a few simple tips there's no reason why your pooch can't make the perfect passenger.

Managing Director of VetShopAustralia.com.au, Dr Mark Perissinotto, said it was important to start travelling with your pets when they were young.

“Puppies and kittens exposed to car travel in a positive and assuring way when young travel well all of their life,” he said.

He said it was also crucial to properly restrain your animal in the car so they do not distract the driver or cause injury to themselves.

“Special car harnesses that the seat belt can be placed through are great for dogs,” Dr Perissinotto said.

Here are a few of VetShopAustralia.com.au's top canine travel tips:

Never leave your pet unattended in a parked car as temperatures can reach lethal limits very quickly, even on overcast days.

Have your pet microchipped and use a collar and nametag complete with contact phone number.

Take a travel kit containing the dog's regular food, spare collar, leash, portable water bowl, grooming equipment, towels, flea treatment, a first aid kit, toys and poo bags.

Consult your veterinarian about car sickness medication if necessary.

Visit your vet before departure to ensure vaccinations are up to date and your pet is fit and healthy for travel.


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