Picture your dog happily bounding toward you through the sand to bring back the stick you just threw or your cat curled up next to you as you sit on your deck watching the sun rise over the ocean. There is certainly an allure to bringing your pet with you on your vacation to Delaware.Dog with Stick in Ocean

The American Veterinary Medicine Association suggests pet owners to think about a number of things beforehand, including: 

•    Your pet should have proper ID, like a collar with a tag and a microchip.
•    Bring any medications your pet needs.
•    Have a current photo of your animal with you. 

Dr. Greg HammerWe spoke with Dr. Greg Hammer, DVM, who is a veterinarian in the Dover area and the former president of the American Veterinary Medicine Association. He added some thoughts of his own.

•    Get information for a local vet ahead of time.
•    Take enough of your pet’s regular food and water.

Dr. Hammer said it’s important to know where a vet is before your pet is having an issue. Every week people who are just visiting the area come into his practice at Brenford Animal Hospital in north Dover. Here are a few options with 24-hour emergency services, depending on where you’re staying in Delaware:

Here are a few options with 24-hour emergency services, depending on where you’re staying in Delaware:

•    Windcrest Animal Hospital (Wilmington)
•    VCA Animal Hospital (Newark/Glasgow)
•    Middletown Veterinary Hospital (Middletown)
•    Brenford Animal Hospital (Dover)
•    Delmarva Animal Emergency Center (Dover)
•    Savannah Animal Hospital (Lewes)
Cats with Water Bowl
According to Dr. Hammer having familiar food and water with you can help make your pet’s trip a happy one.

“Have the same water supply. Throw a couple gallons of your tap water in the car,” he added. “They really like to have their water. They like the way their water tastes.”

You’ll obviously want to make sure the accommodations you’ve selected for your stay are pet-friendly. And Dr. Hammer had some suggestions for additional questions you might want to ask:

•    Does the place have a fenced yard?
•    Is there a clean place to walk the dog?
•    Are there other pets in the area?
•    What is done for flea/tick protection?

And it is important to recognize problems can arise. Dr. Hammer sees it all the time. He said every week people who are just visiting the area come into his practice at Brenford Animal Hospital in north Dover.

Dr. Hammer said after reviewing the options it’s possible the optimal choice may be to leave your pet home with a caretaker. If that is not an option or you feel it would be better to bring them along, then be sure to prepare accordingly and plan ahead.

Additional Resources:
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