Travelling with Dogs This Summer Just Got Easier



    MONTREAL, June 26 /CNW/ - More than half of Canadian dog owners vacation
with their pets. That means more than a million dogs and their owners are on
the move - from road trips to cross-country and even international plane
rides, to sailing Canada's lakes.(1)
    "Travelling with dogs only adds to the adventure but it does take some
planning. Unfortunately, while dogs love to go on the road with their
families, not all of them are good travellers," says Daniela Sodero. As an
animal wrangler for the hit television show At the End of My Leash, she
travels regularly for business and for pleasure with her canine companion,
Rudy.
    One of the more unpleasant situations dog owners find themselves in is a
dog with motion sickness. According to consumer research about one in six
Canadian dogs suffers from motion sickness which can occur in any moving
vehicle including cars, planes and boats, even on a short trip to the park,
groomer or veterinarian.
    Thankfully, Cerenia(TM), the first and only veterinary labelled treatment
for canine motion sickness, is now available by prescription from Canadian
veterinarians. Administered by dog owners two hours prior to departure,
Cerenia comes in a pill format. A dose is given once a day, eliminating the
need for repeated doses en route. In addition, Cerenia does not cause
drowsiness so dogs are alert when they arrive and ready to go with their
families.(2)
    "With Cerenia, dog owners now have one less thing to worry about when
they pack to take their dog on vacation with them," added Ms. Sodero. "Now
they can concentrate on the other travel essentials rather than worrying about
their dog's queasy tummy."

    Tips for Travelling with Dogs

    What are those other travel essentials? Following are some suggestions
for dog owners to keep in mind while travelling with their furry friends.

    
    1.  Dogs should always wear a collar with full contact information; a
        microchip is even better as it can't fall off. And bringing a recent
        picture of the pooch can help jog people's memories if your dog does
        go wandering.

    2.  Visit your veterinarian pre-departure to ensure all vaccines are
        up-to-date. For international trips, a recent rabies vaccine is
        necessary along with a letter of vaccination confirmation from the
        veterinarian.

    3.  Restrain your dogs in the car, either in a carrier or crate, or using
        a seatbelt. If your dog is nervous or excited the crate or carrier
        can be a quiet place to rest.

    4.  If motion sickness is an issue, ask your veterinarian about
        preventative treatments. Cerenia, a new medication that prevents
        motion sickness in dogs, is now available from veterinarians across
        Canada. It was developed for dogs, is easy to administer, does not
        cause drowsiness and has long-lasting effectiveness.

    5.  Never leave your dog alone in the car or on a boat. Even if the
        windows or entrances are slightly open, the temperature can rise
        quickly and can cause severe health problems such as hyperthermia or
        heat stroke.

    6.  Remember to pack enough food and water, especially if your dog is on
        a special diet and you are going to be away for several days or
        weeks. Using the regular bowl can also help make your dog more
        comfortable.

    7.  When flying, remember that each airline has slightly different rules
        and services for dogs including requirements regarding crate size and
        how to reserve a spot for your pet. Consult the airline in advance to
        avoid surprises at the last minute.

    8.  If you plan to stay at a hotel en route, be sure to check that the
        accommodation is pet friendly. If your dog is prone to misbehaving in
        strange places, it is best not to leave the dog alone in the room as
        he may bark and disturb other guests or cause damage.

    9.  Just like people, dogs need to be well hydrated. Make sure to pack a
        bowl or portable container so that your dog can have a drink of fresh
        water rather than leaning over the side of the boat, drinking from
        puddles or unclean water sources.

    10. If you plan to spend some time on the open water, consider a
        floatation vest for your dog. Most dogs are natural swimmers but they
        will get tired easily. Alternatively, use a harness to ensure your
        dog is leashed to the boat.
    

    By taking the time to prepare well in advance for a trip with their pet,
dog owners can help to ensure their trip is filled with warm and happy
memories they can look back upon all year long.

    Pfizer Animal Health Canada, headquartered in Kirkland, Quebec, is a
subsidiary of Pfizer Inc., a research-based global health care company. Pfizer
Animal Health Canada is committed to enhancing the health and wellness of
animals and the productivity of livestock by delivering innovative quality
products to the veterinary profession and to producers. The company's products
for livestock and companion animals include antibiotics, vaccines, feed
supplements, and other veterinary items.

    REFERENCE:

    (1) Findings of an Ipsos-Reid/Pfizer Animal Health poll conducted between
    March 13, 2007 and March 16, 2007.
    (2) Cerenia(TM) is manufactured by Pfizer Animal Health and available
    through veterinarians across Canada. Dog owners should consult their
    veterinarian for further details about the product.





For further information:

For further information: Alison Orr, (416) 645-3301,
alison.orr@fleishman.ca; Valérie Dupuis, (514) 908-0110 ext. 312,
vdupuis@highroad.com

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