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Before you go on a trip with your dogs this summer

Before you hit the road with your canine pals this summer, consider these AAA tips to make the trip go smoothly:. Ask your vet for a health certificate showing proof of vaccinations, particularly rabies, distemper and kennel cough.

Pack your pet's prescription medications, including an extra few days' supply.

Reconfirm all travel plans a few days before departure to make sure pet policies haven't changed since your reservations were made.

For safety, confine pets to the back seat of your vehicle, either in a carrier or harness attached to a seatbelt.

To prevent car sickness, feed your pet a light meal 4 to 6 hours before departing and don't give him food or water in a moving vehicle.

Don't let your dog stick his head out the car window; road debris and other flying objects can cause eye injury, and sudden braking can cause serious injury.

Plan to visit a rest stop every four hours to let your dog relieve himself and get a drink of water.

Make sure your pet is leashed before opening the car door. Even the most obedient pet can become disoriented during travel or in strange places and take off for home.

Never leave an animal in a parked car, even if the windows are partially open. Even on pleasant days, the temperature inside a car can reach 100 degrees within 10 minutes. And animals left unattended can be stolen.

Source: "The AAA PetBook"


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