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Travelling with your pet

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Pickering News Advertiser
Travelling with your pet can be fun but also hectic. That's why it's so important to plan ahead and properly prepare for your journey.
Whether you travel by car, train or plane, ensure that your pet is both healthy and safe no matter what mode of travel you choose.  

You may find the following travel tips helpful when planning your journey:
1. Visit your veterinarian and confirm your pet is healthy enough to travel.
2. Call the train company or airline well in advance to find out if pets are allowed on board.  Ask what rules/regulations must be followed.
3. The car. Make sure that your pet is not roaming freely.  An unsecured pet on your lap may cause an accident and could be thrown around the car, potentially leading to serious injury or death.  To avoid this, place your pet in a kennel or restrained it with a specialty pet safety belt.
4.  Don't forget to bring enough food and water for the trip. Also, make sure you have a leash for bathroom breaks.
5. If crossing the border, you need to confirm your pet will be allowed to cross with you.  Each country has their own requirements about what information,vaccinations  and documentation are needed to allow your pet entry.  
6. Also, if travelling abroad, some countries may require testing which needs to be conducted months ahead of your travel date.
The Government of Canada's Travel department recommends contacting the embassy of your destination country to determine what vaccinations and certificates they require.  Their International Health Certificate for Dogs and Cats is accepted by some countries.  
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency  also provides a list of countries and their corresponding required health certificates.
If your pet needs vaccinations or you need to have a health certificate filled out by a veterinarian, the staff at Pickering Animal Hospital are here to help.
Pickering Animal Hospital is located at 14-1450 Kingston Road in Pickering.  For more information, call (905) 420-1734 or visit

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