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POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 31,2014 Page 7 Due to his increasing popularity and several suggestions from readers (and after much negotiating on our part with his huge salary demands), our friend Freeway has consented to try to answer readers' questions concerning him or any of our little four-legged friends. Getting your pooch or cat safely into a car or onto a plane requires some thought- ful planning. Traveling with pets is be- coming more and more popu- lar. Today's dogs, and even some cats, are vacationing thanks to friendlier airlines, safety innovations, pet- friendly hotels, resorts, camp- sites and restaurants with outdoor dining pi-ivilege . Here are a few tips to keep pets safe while traveling: ._ BY PLANE: In most cases, it's safe for your pet to travel by plane ff your vet gives the OK. Animals ac.customed to traveling in a car, going out on walks and who are social- ized tend to travel very well depending on .their person- alities. Traveling interna- tionally or even crossing state lines in a plane re- quires a health certificate from your vet. Additional ways to prepare: Make sure vaccines (espe- cially rabies) are up to date. Consider an ID collar and a tag, perhaps even a microchip. The trend nowadays is against sedation unless sig- nificant risks for pet inju~, exist. Sedation can cause the pet to feel unstable and cause more fear. Cats- tend to fly pretty well because they are usually allowed in the cabin in a cat carrier under the seat.- Preparations for international travel with pets can be complex and there may be extensive planning. Double check with the airlines and your destination's consulate to make sure yon have the most up to date information about the papers you are re- quired to bring: Many docu- ments for international travel require the signature of a certified USDA veteri- " narian, which adds an addi- tional step. Pet travel com- panies, like remove a lot of the guess- work. It's very tedious to have to db the work yourself. In many eases, you-would have to start six months ahead of time. BY CAR: A few pointers for traveling safely.with dogs in motor vehicles: Have your dog always wear a specially designed dog seat belt or dog car harness in front and back seats. Make sure there is adequate ventilation. Never let your dog put its head outside the window, as this can lead to ear and eye injuries. For cats, provide a good carrier, a place to sleep, and a safe place for the litter box. Make sure they cannot escape if the doors or win- dows accidentally open. BY BOAT: Some innova- tive products make boating and sailing with yotrr dog reasonably safe. There are dog life vests, so if they do . fall overboard you can pull them up. Dogs can also use puppy pads and artificial turf products for elimination. Your pet can get acclimated fairly easily, but do that well ahead of time. BASIC TIPS: Make-sure your pet is well groomed (not itchy and dirty.) Take along some comforts of home -- bed, blanket, toys, and a litter box. Rather than buying new types of food, carry, your pet's familiar food from home when practical. Carriers should be big enough for standing and turning around, with room for food and water. Place absorbent towels on the carrier floor in case of accidents. Have a pet first aid kit for emergencies. I hope these few pointers have helped you out so you can enjoy your vacation or short trips with your pooch or cat. I love to travel and have my own blue suitcase ready, packed and off we go. Just a reminder, don't for- get our 4~h Annual Thanks- giving Pet Food Drive. We are collecting all items now until November 19th. Donate pet food and supplies and help me support a local shelter. Drop your donation off at the Post- Gazette, 5 Prince St., North End, Boston from 9:30 am to 5:00 pro. We appreciate all the donations-we can get to make this Thanksgiving Pet Food Drive a success. That's all for now! 4 This Thanksgiving make a difference.* Donate pet food and supplies, and help Freeway support a local shelter. Your generosHy can go a long way in support/ng the needs of these deserving animalst Drop your donation off at the Post-Gazette 5 Prince Street, North End, Boston by Wednesday, November 19th Don't Forget That Tough Times Impact Them Tool Saints Cosmas and Damian Feast Thousands from near and far attended the Saints Cosmas and Damian Feast. The week- end of the festival was filled with excitement for all who attend the celebration. It is a time for family, a time for neighbors and old friends to gather, a time for the entire com- munity to come together and appreciate the traditions of Italy, and above all, a time to pay homage to the miraculous Saints Cosmas and Damian, "The Healing Saints." The celebration began on Saturday when the statues of Saints Cosmas and Damian are taken out of their chapel. On Sunday, the "Grand Procession" began. 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