On the Road with the Family Pet

Vacation planning takes on new dimensions when pets go along. A lot of people do it though, according to a survey by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), which reports more than half of all pet owners travel with their pets.

"Spontaneity is fun for people, but pets don't thrive on stress and strange surroundings," says Dr. Dan Carey, a veterinarian with The Iams Company.

"Vacationing with pets requires forethought, planning and, sometimes, special care," he urges. "Don't make any assumptions."

He suggests the following:

"While some vacations may be perfect for pets, others may not," Dr. Carey says. "Evaluate your vacation plans and whether having your pet with you is good for your pet and something you truly want to do."

For more information on proper pet care and nutrition, call The Iams Company Pet Professionals at 1-800-863-4267, Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Eastern time, or visit www.iams.com. (NAPSI)

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