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TSA Recommendations for Traveling with Pets

Travel with your dog vetco

Travel with your dog vetcoIt is almost summer and most of us are planning our summer vacation.  If you have a fur baby as part of your family, you may be considering traveling with them. Here are some tips from the TSA on traveling with your pet.

  • If you are giving them any anti-anxiety treatments, administer it at home.
  • Make sure to pack a travel water bowl so you can keep them hydrated.
  • You do not need to feed them during travel. You can wait until you land.
  • Take your pet to a pet relief area before coming into the airport. This will give them a chance to relieve their bladder before getting on the plane, and will make them more comfortable.
  • Put them in the carrier before you enter the airport, the best place to do this is at home.
  • Make sure you pet is on a leash any time the carrier door is open. When animals are scared they run, and you don’t want your pet accidentally running away.
  • If your pet is going with you on the plane , TSA will screen it at the checkpoint.
  • You will need to remove small dogs or cats from their carrier before the screening process.
  • Depending on the size of the carrier, it may be put through the x-ray.
  • DO NOT put your pet through the x-ray.
  • You will carry, or walk, your pet through the people scanner with you.
  • Your hands will be swabbed by a TSA officer to check for traces of explosive residue on your hands.
  • After the screening is done, you will need to return your pet to their carrier.

Unless your pet is a service animal, they will need to stay in their carrier while they are in the airport and on the airplane.

It is a good idea to get your pet accustomed to the idea of traveling. Let them spend time in the carrier at home so they don’t have as much anxiety. If you are worried about anxiety, talk to your vet about natural medication such as Rescue Remedy that can help calm the nerves.

Not all pets may be allowed to travel. We highly recommend checking with your airlines before assuming you can bring Fido with you.

It is also important to make sure all your vaccinations are up to date, especially Bordetella (kennel cough). Some airlines may not let you bring your pet on the plane without update vaccination.  Bring your pet into Albuquerque Vetco daily shot clinic before any travel.

Pediatric spay neuter

Puppy and Kitten Vetco

Puppy and Kitten VetcoWhat does pediatric have to do with pets? Well, it is a term that is meant for both animals and humans younger than 6 months old. This is a term used in pets, generally in reference to pediatric spay and neutering.  There has been a debate in the veterinary community about spaying/neutering puppies and kittens who are 6-8 weeks old. However, a lot of research has been done. The general consensus is that spay and neuter at a young age

The general consensus is that spay and neuter at a young age is less stressful for the younger patients. There also seems to be fewer perioperative complications in puppies and kittens. For females, a spay before her first heat cycle can help prevent her from developing mammary gland neoplasia as she gets older.

Another benefit is that pediatric surgery is also less expensive because fewer materials are required and their weight is less, so you don’t have to worry about additional anesthetic charges due to size.

 

Pediatric patients only need to fast for 2-4 hours prior to surgery, as opposed to the overnight fast for adult pets. Most of the time your puppy or kitten should be starting to walk within an hour of surgery, and will not need to stay overnight.

Delaying your spay or neuter is usually how unexpected puppies and kittens are born. Some pets can start earlier than 6 months old. It is best to get their vaccinations and spay/neuters done right away!

If you would like to get your puppy or kitten spayed or neutered, the Albuquerque Vetco Veterinary clinic has lowest cost spay/neuters in Albuquerque!

 

Reading to Rescues

Albuquerque Rescue vet

Albuquerque Rescue vetThere are many reasons we love the Albuquerque animal community. This new program by Mayor Berry is one to add to the list! He has launched a program called Reading to Rescues.

Mayor Richard J. Berry unveiled the program while students from Garfield Middle School got to read to the dogs at Lucky Paws. It’s part of Animal Welfare’s “Companion Readers” pilot program.

Not only does it benefit the kids, it benefits the animals too. This is a great way to work on the kids reading and to give these rescues some loving attention.

“It allows them to learn how to read to someone else or a pet, which I believe will lead to the more likelihood of them reading to their children when their kids are young. It allows the pets to be more socialized, more adoptable. It’s a real win, win situation,” said Mayor Berry.

Learn more at the City of Albuquerque website.

If you adopt a rescue, they should have their vaccinations up to date. But we do recommend bringing them in for their first annual check up. Call the Vetco veterinarian clinic to make an appointment.

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The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.