What to do when your pet gets sick on the road

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Here’s what you can do when your furry, four-footed friend is under the weather while you’re travelling.

WORDS David Gilchrist

You know what it’s like, you’re away on holidays and you get sick. It happens to the best of us. However, it’s perhaps worse when it’s your best mate that’s sick, especially when your best mate is your dog or cat. 

MOTION SICKNESS

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  • Help your dog face forward while travelling by strapping him or her into the seat with a specially-designed canine seatbelt.
  • Lower car windows a little to equalise the inside and outside air pressures.
  • Keep the vehicle cool.
  • Limit your dog’s food and water consumption before travel.
  • Give your pet a treat or two every time he or she gets into the car.
  • Give your dog a toy that he or she enjoys and can have only in the car.

SERIOUS ILLNESS

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In case of serious illness, it’s essential to accompany your pet to a local vet and take your pet’s records and a detailed note of your dog’s symptoms with you.

IN CASE OF INJURY

To help in the event of an injury, consider carrying a pet first aid kit on the road with you. It should include basic items like bandages, gauze and tape, as well as tweezers to remove splinters and a muzzle to keep your dog from biting, antiseptic wipes, saline solution and disposable gloves.

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