Safe with your dog on vacation

Summer is vacation and travel time, as well as for pets. While most cats prefer to stay home in their familiar surroundings, dogs love the company of their mistresses and their mastery.

The State Veterinary Examination Office Aulendorf – Diagnostic Center (STUA) provides an overview of what to look for when traveling with a dog. In addition to the mode of transport itself, it is also about travel diseases that can be dangerous for your loved one.

Never leave your dog alone in the car.

When driving in a car, STUA advises feeding your dog moderately before and during driving, taking a break at least every two hours, taking enough drinking water with you and securing him securely in the car. Transport boxes that your dog is already accustomed to before the trip are ideal for this.

Another important point: “Never leave your dog alone in the car,” writes STUA. The reason for this should be familiar to most people. Even with moderate outside temperatures of about 20 degrees, the car heats up very quickly. Temperatures over 36 degrees can be reached within half an hour.

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“The heat is too intense for dogs,” STUA tells us. As an owner, you should keep a close eye on your animal and make sure there are adequate “shade breaks” during the day.

On hot summer days, morning and evening walks are usually enough. Intense play or running during the noon heat should be avoided. Sufficient drinking water should always be available.

Even a dog needs an ID card

Before you begin, STUA advises checking if the necessary documents and vaccinations are up to date. Dogs are a must have a pet ID when traveling. Issued by the vet and contains the slide number. Since July 2011, the use of the microchip has become mandatory for newly distinguishing animals.

The reason for this: by registering in a database, escaped animals can be customized and thus brought home quickly. “In addition, it may make sense to provide the dog’s collar with either a GPS tracker, a vacation and home address, or a mobile phone number,” says STUA.

    The photo shows the dog Kali owned by Thomas Miller, director of STUA.
The photo shows the dog Kali owned by Thomas Miller, director of STUA. (Photo: Miller)

The rabies vaccination must also be documented in the pet’s passport. “Vaccination should not take place before the microchip is attached and appropriate deadlines should be observed until effective vaccination protection is developed,” the authority informs.

In some EU countries there are additional entry requirements, for example tapeworm treatment. When traveling outside the European Union, the relevant country regulations apply. STUA advises that on such trips you should also familiarize yourself with the EU and Germany re-entry regulations from your treating vet or veterinary office.

Dangerous pathogens lie in holiday destinations

“Due to frequent travel and climate change,” STUA wrote, “travel sickness is increasingly becoming the focus of attention for pet owners and veterinarians.” Travel sickness is caused by pathogens that have never occurred before in Germany. Especially when traveling in the Mediterranean region, dangerous diseases to dogs or humans can be transmitted by ticks and mosquitoes, which are often difficult or impossible to treat.

In order to prevent these risks, STUA advises mosquito and tick prevention with the use of collars or topical lotions. Regular checks for ticks are also important. If a tick is detected, it must be removed immediately with tick tweezers or tweezers.

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You should try to catch the tick close to the skin without putting pressure on its body. Oil, alcohol, or the like should not be used.

Additional preventive measures include regular vaccinations. In addition to rabies, the Standing Committee on Vaccination for Veterinary Medicine also recommends vaccinations against tuberculosis, contagious canine hepatitis (HCC), parvovirus and leptospirosis.

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