"Here at KeepPet we believe that pets are part of the family. Where you go, your pet goes, too"
As lockdown lifts, there’s a palpable sense of relief in the air. Countries all around the world are lifting their restrictions at different rates- but the message coming across the airwaves is of hope, and freedom. Whether your city has started to allow visits to neighbours, or non-essential travel to neighbouring areas, it’s likely you’re starting to head out and about a bit more. For many people, the question now comes as what this new freedom means for your pets. This is especially true this year. Many boarding houses, kennels and pet sitters are not yet allowed to open- don’t let that put you off enjoying your freedom! Here at KeepPet we believe that pets are part of the family. Where you go, your pet goes, too.
Sometimes, taking your pet to new places can feel a bit uncomfortable. Will there be somewhere for the dog to stay? Will the cat mind travelling in the basket for so long? What do you do if your dog gets injured and you’re a three-hour drive from your vet clinic? This is especially true if you made a new addition to the family during lockdown- many of your pets will not have left home before! Luckily, our innovative telehealth solution puts a vet in your pocket- so that’s one less thing to worry about! They’re available whenever you need them for advice, chat, consultations and remote examinations on our smartphone app. Now that’s sorted, let us have a look at some of the great places you can take your pet, and some of the things to consider before you go.
One of the first things that most of us are going to do as lockdown lifts is go to see family. Expect lots of large barbeques and family picnics this summer! Dogs are often very welcome- after all, they’re part of the family, too! Although you might find them begging at the barbeque, don’t give in to your dog- most human foods are not suitable for dogs to eat! If you do find they’ve helped themselves, or a well-meaning child has given them a corn on the cob to chew on, you can use KeepPet to call a veterinarian for advice on what to do next at any time of the day or night.
If you took the opportunity to get a new puppy during lockdown, it’s likely they’ve missed out on a lot of key socialisation opportunities. Which means that great care has to be taken to make sure that any socialisation is done properly. Our veterinarians at KeepPet can help you to prepare your dog for meeting other dogs for the first time. You’ll be able to get advice on training from a registered veterinarian, and have them in your pocket as you head out to the puppy party. Remember that negative experiences can have drastic and long-lasting effects, and little-and-often is best for socialisation, rather than a mad free-for-all that can be scary.
Weddings and funerals are also high on the list of the first things allowed to take place. Dog-friendly weddings are becoming more common, so check with the bride and groom if dogs are allowed. Some dogs might be scared of the extra people and the loud music though- make sure you have somewhere they can retreat to if they’re worried. You should also make sure that people- especially children- know to leave them alone if they’re in their ‘safe space’.
Walking in the Woods
Under lockdown restrictions, your daily dog walks probably involved a trip around the block. But now that restrictions are lifting, long hikes in the woods are on the cards. Your dog will love coming along on your hike, and you could even consider camping together. Don’t forget to pack the fly repellent, and keep an eye out for snakes on those trails. Curious dogs often find themselves being bitten and stung, and calling a veterinarian for advice as quickly as possible is sensible. KeepPet will make this possible- as long as you have phone signal our vets are available at the touch of a button.
If you’re lucky enough to live within driving distance of a beach, it’s likely this will be on your Freedom List. So many beaches are dog-friendly now, you’ll almost certainly be able to take your pet with you! Do check before you go, though- and make sure to follow all the rules. Remember to take them some water and find them some shade, as heatstroke is common in hot weather. Look out for excessive panting, drooling, incoordination and lethargy, and call a veterinarian immediately if you have concerns.
Of course, depending where you live you might soon be able to go on vacation with your pet. Whether you’re planning on going abroad and flying with a dog or cat or just to the next state, deciding whether to take your pet can be a hard decision. There’s lots to consider; if you take them, there’s the costs of travel, suitable accommodation and disease risks; if you leave them behind it can be expensive and you may have difficulties finding someone to look after them. At least one thing you don’t have to worry about is finding them veterinary care. No matter where you go, and what the time zone is, KeepPet gives you access to a veterinarian via a smartphone app. Our veterinarians are available to help you and your pet have a relaxing holiday.
Tips for Travelling with Pets
If you’ve decided that you’ll take your pet on holiday this summer, we’ve put together some top tips to make sure they’re taken care of.
1. Download and register for KeepPet
Before you go, you should make sure you’ve downloaded and signed up to KeepPet so that it’s ready if you need it. Simply go to the App Store or Google Play store on your device and search for KeepPet, then download it (it’s free!). Next, decide which plan you’d like to purchase. Getting this done in advance will ensure your vet is just a video call away if you need them.
2. Talk to us about travel sickness and anxiety
If your pet isn’t confident with travel, you can use KeepPet to talk to a registered veterinarian about their anxiety and get tips to make sure they’re relaxed for the whole journey. Some pets will get travel sick, too - our vets will be able to help you come up with a plan to keep them comfortable.
3. Plan your trip
No matter how you’re getting there, it’s a good idea to plan your trip to include lots of breaks and toilet stops for your pet. Remember to make the most of your newfound freedom - why not pick some picturesque spots to stop and take a short walk to stretch your legs?
Now go - enjoy your freedom!
It’s a great summer to get out and about with your four-legged family. Your newfound freedom doesn’t have to be curtailed by pets- you should simply take them with you! Whether it’s the beach, your country cabin, a family trip to the mountains, a proper road trip or simply a day at the dog park, taking your pet will be great fun for you both. And why not take your vet along too? Having access to a vet in your pocket whenever you need them means you can be sure to always have expert advice when you need it. That’s real freedom!