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Road trip with your furry friend?

By: Dr. Carrie Wright cwright

I remember the first time I took my dogs to the dog beaches in California  – I thought being a vet would have prepared me for the unanticipated trials that arose from being with my girls for 24 hours Traveling with your peta day in a non local area.  But I wasn’t prepared, and now I have some advice for you!

Traveling with your pet can be a terrific experience, but only if you plan ahead.  Make sure vaccines are current (and this means young animals should have at least 3 sets ending around 16 weeks of age), and always bring a copy of your vaccination certificate with you.  Rabies is a nationwide concern and many state borders require proof of vaccination before allowing access to their state.  As well as the certificate, a copy of your pet’s medical records is recommended, especially if they have a history of illness or chronic disease.  I think it’s a great idea to locate a veterinarian along the way or at your final destination just in case you need home_again_320some help.  It is helpful to have a permanent ID implant such as a microchip – collars and leashes with ID can easily be removed or lost… It usually costs around $45 and will significantly increase your pet’s chance of recovery.  Some companies such as Home Again aid in that recovery (with signs and notifications to the surrounding animal groups/hospitals) or even medical bills if your pet is injured while lost.

Many diseases are geographic, so please check to see if you need preventative medications or additional vaccinations prior to travel (i.e. – Heartworm disease, Lyme disease, Leptospirosis).  Fleas and ticks can be a nuisance to both you and your pets, and can cause serious disease as well, so talk to us about prevention treatment options.

If this is your pet’s first trip, you should make sure they are able to travel for long distances.  Try a shorter trip and see how Romeo-is-Planningit goes.  Would sedation have been nice? An anti anxiety medication? Motion sickness drugs?  Sedation can be a great option for long trips, but do you want the potential 12 hour effect?  Always bring towels for cleaning up those nasty side effects of motion sickness (or puppy pads work well to line your seats).  Keep in mind that tired dogs are usually calmer in the car, so make sure your friend gets plenty of exercise prior to loading into the car. And cats, well…you might call us and we can have a chat.

Keep those pets buckled! Or at least contained – no one wants a 70 lb dog climbing over their shoulder while driving down the freeway at 75mph… Kennels, pet barriers, and seatbelts/harnesses have been created to prevent unwanted risks. PJ-BB519_DOGCAR_D_20110628165953 Again, practice with these PRIOR to your trip.

Be sure to stop for rest breaks! You should ideally stop every 3-4 hours along the road to offer water and a potty break.  Stay clear of heavily soiled areas – although vaccines prevent diseases like parvo and distemper, it would be no fun to pick up a gastrointestinal parasite on vacation.

Many motels/hotels accept pets for a small deposit, but be sure to call ahead to make your reservations.  When you do have to leave your pet in your room, make sure they are either in a crate or kennel, and stand outside the door to make Hotel-La-Jolla-San-Diego-Hotels-Pet-Friendly-Hotelsure they don’t bark or howl – although pet friendly, there are limitations! And not that you haven’t heard this one before – do not leave your pet in the car –temperatures can rise too quickly with very serious consequences.

Have fun with your pet, and be sure to call us if you have any questions!

With all the high winds and gusty weather one would think we were in Kansas. There have been a lot of fences that have been falling over which in return has led to many lost dog reports. With no fences to hold them in many of the dogs that have been getting out started wandering away from home. Yesterday we are happy to report that we had several reunion stories.


One of our employee’s Jeremy was on his way to class when he noticed a couple of dogs wandering out in Spanish Springs. As he was trying to catch those dogs that he saw, he noticed a couple more and so on and so on. Jeremy ended up saving 6 dogs yesterday. He brought them in Baring and thanks to their microchips we were able to reunite all of these dogs with their owners. What a wonderful start to the Holiday Season.

Hey guys, did you know that more pets get lost from their families during the summer months then any other time during the year? To help reunite pets with their families, Baring is doing it’s annual Microchip-a-thon. From now until July 4th the microchip is only $36 (which includes the registration, and a year of the extra benefits).  Below is the story of Buddy an indoor outdoor kitty that was missing for 3 months…..

FoundPetImage (1)In the spring of 2007, an under nourished 7-8 month old stray cat made his presence known from a distance with a meager series of cries. Over time we gained his confidence and provided a short period of petting and rubbing. Then off he went. The next morning we saw him still around the house. We fed the starving creature and he could not get enough food that day.

We discussed our next plan and vowed that if he remained at the house we would adopt. And here begins the 5 year saga of Buddy, our loved companion. He literally captured our hearts very shortly after ‘adopting us’! He was not a cat of great need for ‘cuddly’ compassion but more so just a tag along buddy (hence his name) who was curious of everything we did. He bonded with us from the start and us with him. He was small and our thought was that he may have been the ‘runt’ of the litter. We nursed him back to health and he became a very healthy and happy cat. Over the course of these years he provided us with much laughter and joy. That’s not to say there weren’t times of great distress and adjustments needed by all of us, but he also began to mellow slowly as time went on.

Through the bad times and good times, Buddy was always there waiting to be brushed, fed and loved. He truly was part of our family and gave us such pleasure. He became our 50-50 cat as we referred to him, half the time outside and always indoors every night.

Late in 2012 our son passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. With the turmoil that ensued, Buddy began to spend more and more time away from the house…..he knew something was not right. Plans were made to relocate soon after and when the day came we boarded Buddy while we completed our move, also understanding the task we faced with Buddy adapting to a new environment.

On January 2, 2013 we picked up Buddy from the vet after a week of boarding. Futile attempts were made to allow him to adjust. He was extremely unhappy and escaped that same afternoon. Our hearts were broken. In the ensuing days, weeks and months we searched all available resources for Buddy always looking everywhere we went. We were miserable with the loss of our son and our Buddy too. We resigned to the fact that he had joined our son and tried to make peace with that.

Then on a calm day, April 1, 2013, we received a call that will forever live in our minds. Nearly three months after he went missing, someone brought Buddy into the local animal services. He was healthy and was about to be put up for adoption when he was scanned for a microchip. During his last vet visit for a wellness check in 2012 we had the microchip installed and registered Buddy with HomeAgain. Our son had tried for years to get us to do that. Thank God we did; it was a gift from our son. It was what brought Buddy back to us. We call it a miracle!

Buddy was found 8 miles from our new home and less than 4 miles from his familiar territory of our last home. He was born and raised in that area and was heading back to his home!

Stubbs is Home after 6 Years | HomeAgain Found Pet Stories.

All too many times I see through our clinic the fear, worry and hurt caused by pets getting loose and the affects and injuries that come from these scary events.  All of our hearts go out to the pets and the families that have to endure these times.  Recently, my own family had to go through that same fear.  We were awakened early in the morning with the message that our two dogs, Phil and Tater had gotten out through a gate that had been left open.  My heart sank when the message told us that Tater had been hit by a truck and his leg was seriously injured.  Luckily, both of them had been brought to the Animal Emergency Center and both of them were in stable condition.  Thankfully they had on ID collars and microchips and we were able to be found so promptly.  As soon as we heard, we rushed down to the emergency clinic to get our scared little family.  Phil was just fine, a little tired and happy to see our family, but Tater was very banged up.  He had a torn medial collateral ligament and a couple small talar fractures in his hock (ankle).  His injuries needed surgery and the procedure was going to be a very complicated one.  We brought him up to see the boarded veterinary surgeons at Sierra Veterinary Specialists, who were able to squeeze us in for surgery that same day.  Following his surgery, Tater had to spend a night in the hospital and has been back in and out of BBVH every day for laser treatments, splint and cast changes, and has been on four different medications.  He has been a wonderful patient, very tolerant of having to stay in his dog crate, so good about walking with a sling, and great about taking his medications.  He has a long road ahead of him, but has taken so many good steps so far.  We are confident that because of all the wonderful care he will make a near 100% recovery.

This is not the first time I’ve had to work on my own pets, and unfortunately I know it won’t be the last.  Still, being on this side of the treatments is always a good reminder of how much work and emotion it takes for families and pets to make it through these tribulations.  I am so thankful for how far veterinary medicine has evolved and the capabilities that we have to help Tater make such a good recovery.  He received top notch emergency care and flawless surgical correction.  We are proud at BBVH to have such capabilities to provide him the pain management to keep him comfortable, the medical abilities to prevent complications, the Class IV cold laser therapy to expedite his internal and wound healing, and the wonderful staff that has made his bandage and wound management so easy.

My family would like to extend an enormous thank you from the bottom of our hearts to a number of people:

 The staff at BBVH for all of your wonderful care and emotional support.  I get to see you all in action every day and know that you give your all to every patient, but being again on this side of the treatments, it is a good reminder of how important and appreciated all of your efforts are.

Dr. Davyd Pelsue and the staff of Sierra Veterinary Specialists.  Your prompt service, caring, and expertise have undoubtedly changed how Tater will spend the rest of his life.

Dr. Jim Nelson and the staff of the Animal Emergency Center.  In their time of biggest need and most fear, it is reassuring to know that our furry family was in such wonderful care.

To the selfless family that rescued our puppies.  You guys are so humble and so out of respect I haven’t named you here, but you know who you are.  It tears us up inside to think what might have happened if your incredible daughter hadn’t spotted our dogs and if you all hadn’t gone so far out of your way to help them.  Eternally thank you.