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A continuing compendium of tips and tricks from Home & Garden Television:

Vacation tips for you and your pet:

-- Speak with your vet about prescribing sedatives if you think your pet may become anxious during your travels. Also, ask about possible reactions to things like high altitudes, depending on your destination.

-- Make a pre-travel checklist with the following questions:

1. Do you have a safe and comfortable place for your pet to be during travel?

2. Have you scheduled food and water intake?

3. Do you have portable containers with food and water?

4. Has your pet been vet-approved for the trip?

5. Do you have the health certificate?

6. Does the carrier have all the required labeling if traveling by air?

7. Have you packed the pet's travel kit, including leash, collar, bowls, toys, food, bedding, litter box and, most important, any prescription medications and a first-aid kit?

-- Whenever the outdoor temperature is above 59 degrees Fahrenheit, never leave an animal unattended in a parked car, even in the shade. On a warm day, it takes only minutes for a pet left in a vehicle to succumb to heatstroke and suffocation. Rolling down a window or parking in the shade doesn't necessarily guarantee protection, because temperatures can easily climb into the danger zone. Leaving the pet alone in a locked car with the air conditioning running is also not advisable. Many cars, including modern models with computerized functions, will automatically turn off the air conditioning and begin blowing hot air to avoid overheating the motor.

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