While it’s best to travel with exotic pets when the weather is nice, lots of our patients still have to come to see us when it’s not so great! A few precautions can help make cold weather travel safer and more comfortable. 1. Warm up the car first.
2. Use a travel warmer under the cage or under a blanket in the cage. These can be chemical warmers you can find at stores selling outdoor equipment, or something as simple as a sock filled with rice heated in the microwave, or a microwaved potato! With chemical warmers, be sure the pet can’t find it and chew it up during the trip. We will be happy to re-microwave your rice or potato for you for the trip home.
3. Cover the cage with a warm blanket for the short walk from the house-car and car-clinic.
4. Don’t forget to buckle up-you and your pet! We highly recommend pets travel in a secure carrier that is secured with a seat belt. This will help protect the pet and passengers in case of an accident.