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Traveling with Pets

Usually on Fridays, the Buzz features a weekend wrap-up of all the fun things you can do in the neighborhood and around the city. But this week, Buzz Co-Publisher and author of that weekly feature, Liz Fuller, is traveling with her family. So dear reader,  this weekend you are left to your own devices. Fortunately, there is no shortage of sources of information on cool stuff to do, like this list provided by Thrillist. And, tomorrow, watch for our new video feature in honor of National Ice Cream day on Sunday.

In the meantime, if you planning to head out of town and want to take your best four-legged friend, the LA Department of Animal Services has some great suggestions.

Crate your pet for the ride
Keep your dog or cat safe and secure in a well-ventilated crate or carrier in the car. Make sure it’s large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in. Always secure the crate so it won’t slide or shift. If you decide to not crate your furry friend, always keep him or her in the backseat in a harness attached to a seat belt.

Prepare your pet for a long trip
Get your animal companion ready for a long trip by taking him or her on a series of short drives. Each time you can gradually lengthen the time spent in the car.

Don’t leave your pet alone in the car
A quick stop may feel like no time at all to you, but it’s too long to leave your pet in a vehicle unattended on a warm summer day. When it’s hot outside, even with the windows open, a parked car can become an oven in minutes, and endanger the life of your pet.

Pack a pet traveling kit
Put together a traveling kit for your travel buddy. Bring food, plenty of water, bowls, a leash, a waste scoop and baggies, grooming supplies, medication and first-aid, and a favorite toy or blanket to give your pet a sense of familiarity.

Allow time for plenty of rest stops
Be sure to stop frequently so your dog can get exercise and go to the bathroom. Never allow your pup to leave the car without a leash and be sure to pick up after them.

Make sure your pet has up-to-date identification
If your dog or cat doesn’t have a microchip, you should consider getting them one and make sure the microchip is registered with your current contact information before your trip. Your pet should wear a collar with a tag and/or license, as well as a temporary travel tag with your cell phone and any other relevant contact information.

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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the co-editor and publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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