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Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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one Get A Healthy Start Before heading out on your adventure, it's wise to check with your veterinarian to ensure that your pet is up-to-date on all necessary vaccinations. Your veterinarian can also issue a health certificate (including proof of a rabies vaccination), which may come in handy when crossing state lines. Many airlines require a health certificate, so if you plan to fly with your pet, be sure to contact the airline well in advance for specific rules and regulations. two Pack Your Bags Along with your suitcase, it's important to pack a pet-friendly travel kit. Bring food, a couple of bowls, a leash, waste bags, medications and first-aid, and any travel documents. A favorite toy or blanket will give your pet a sense of famil- iarity while away from home. Take some bottled water and have a water bowl that is easily accessible for stops along the way. Unleashed by Petco at 165 Linden Street in Wellesley and SmartPak at 30 Worcester Street in Natick have a great selection of pet supplies for travel. three Buckle Up Have a plan for how you're going to properly restrain your pet while your vehicle is moving. Some animals are com- fortable traveling in their crate. In fact, this is often the most secure and safest option for transport. Pets that prefer being a little less confined, might benefit from a harness and pet seatbelt (like the Kurgo seatbelt tether) or a cargo barrier, which allows the driver to focus on the road while his or her enthusiastic travel buddy stays in the back seat. four Tame the Tummy Just like humans, some animals experience carsickness. Before taking a long road trip, see how your pet fares in the car on a shorter outing around town. Aromatherapy with lavender oil is great natural option to calm your pet's nerves. Ginger root extract can work wonders for an upset stomach. Always consult with your veterinarian for the best option and proper dosing of medications or supplements for your pet. five Check Your IDs In case you get separated from your pet while traveling, have a temporary identification tag. In addition to your pet's microchip and normal tags, attach a temporary ID tag to your pet's collar that includes the address and phone num- ber of where you'll be staying during your vacation. If your animal were to get lost, having a current photo of him will make it easier for others to help you find your lost pet. Summer is a great time to hit the open road, but sometimes it's tough to leave your pets behind. In fact, traveling with your pet can be a fun-filled and rewarding experience. If you are planning an escape with the whole family (including the four-legged ones), read the following tips for stress-free travel with your furry friends. ( S T R E S S - F R E E T R A V E L W I T H P E T S ) 10 tips for… J E N N A R I N G E L H E I M WRITER 20 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 6 J E N N A R I N G E L H E I M

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