|Rocco on the run!|
That's exactly what happened to us during a recent trip to Chicago. One day Rocco was out playing and enjoying a walk in the park, and by that evening he was vomiting continuously and drooling profusely.
Poor little Rocco looked awful. I had both a regular vet and an emergency vet for the Chicago area already in my contacts, and I was ready to pack him up and take him in if he got any worse.
We made it through the night, and after consulting with his regular vet by phone, I decided to take Rocco in for a check-up in Chicago. While the vomiting had stopped, he still seemed nauseous and unusually wet in the mouth.
Rocco likely ingested something (we never determined what it was) that caused the reaction, but the good news was he eliminated all the bad stuff and seemed a bit better in the morning. After some anti-nausea meds and hydration at the vet, he perked up and was good as new. We didn't have any other issues the rest of the trip.
But that little scare made me wonder what else we should do to be prepared while away from home, especially since Rocco is an active dog and he, well, gets around!
TDWL: What first aid items should you always have in your pet travel bag?
- 1 Tweezers
- 2 Exam-quality vinyl gloves
- 1 1" x 5 yd. first-aid tape roll
- 12 Antiseptic cleansing wipes
- 6 Antibiotic ointment packs
- 10 9" x 2" Gauze dressing pads
- 4 3" x 3" Gauze dressing pads
- 1 5" x 9" Trauma pad
- 1 2" x 5 yd. Wrap bandage
- 2 2" x 4½yd. Conforming gauze roll bandage
- 1 Eye Pad
- 1 Triangular Bandage
- 1 Eye wash
- 1 Hydrogen peroxide
TDWL: Are there any meds you recommend traveling with, such as anti nausea or diarrhea medications?
Dr. Campos: Meclizine is used to treat or prevent nausea, vomiting, and dizziness caused by motion sickness. Loperamide is a medication to treat acute, chronic, or travelers diarrhea.TDWL: What should you do if your pet gets sick while you traveling with them?
Dr. Campos: Call your veterinarian at home as they are familiar with your pet and likely will help you over the phone. In case of emergency go to http://www.myveterinarian.com/ to find a veterinarian near you.
TDWL: With what types of symptoms can you "wait and see" how your pet does, and when is it best to visit a vet immediately?
Dr. Campos: It depends of the type of sickness. If gastrointestinal, continued vomiting and/or diarrhea -- especially if blood is seen -- require an immediate visit. Any type of trauma would grant a visit if pain is sustained for an extended period of time. Any type of eye injury requires immediate attention. But it is best to reach out with specific symptoms to your veterinarian or a local hospital.
TDWL: Is providing bottled water rather than tap water a good idea while traveling?
Dr. Campos: If you are traveling outside the U.S., definitely. In the U.S. if the water is safe for you to drink then it is safe for them also.
TDWL: Are there any other tips for keeping your pet healthy while traveling?
Dr. Campos: Make sure that their microchip information is accurate and up to date. Keep a collar or harness on them at all times with your cell number on a dog tag. For more information they can visit the AVMA website.
Some great tips... especially for active dogs like Rocco! Do you take any other safety precautions to keep your dog healthy while on the road? Let us know in the comments below.
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