Travel Prep for Pets

Got travel plans with your pet? If your itinerary is taking both of you outside Saskatchewan, it’s a good idea to make sure your animal companion is covered for diseases we don’t normally vaccinate for.

Heartworm: This potentially fatal, mosquito-borne parasite is present in southern Ontario, southern Quebec, Okanagan in British Columbia and almost every state in the U.S.—particularly in the summer months when mosquitoes are most active. It’s especially prevalent in the southeastern part of the US, and if your travel plans include those regions, you’ll want to get your pet on heartworm preventive well before you depart.

Canine Influenza (CIV): A highly contagious viral disease, this respiratory illness can be serious for your pet, especially if he or she is older or has existing heart and/or lung conditions. Nearly every state in our southern US has had confirmed cases in the past year, and if your pet will be in close contact with other dogs in places such as kennels, groomers, dog shows and parks, we recommend the CIV vaccine.

Lyme Disease: The risk for this disease in our area is low because the species of tick known to transmit it is rare here. Not so in Manitoba and the north/northeast U.S., where the most confirmed cases are reported. Your Prairie Animal Health Centre veterinarian can recommend a tick preventive, but it’s also a good idea to check your pet manually after you’ve been outdoors. After all, it’s a short ride on the “pet express” to you and your family, and Lyme disease is transmissible to humans, too.

Got questions about traveling with your pet or want to make an appointment? We’re here to help! Call us at 306-667-3736. And remember, we love postcards!

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