Pet Travel Tips

Pet travel is an emotional experience for both you and your pet. How you positively deal with your vacationing pet can make a difference. Traveling Pets, just like people, require the proper luggage and travel comfort in order for a safe and stress-free vacation.

Before you leave:

  • Have pets examined by a veterinarian to ensure they are healthy.
  • Pets must have up-to-date vaccinations before traveling internationally.
  • Before traveling take frequent drives to allow pets to get used to car travel.
  • Pack your pet's leash, bedding, bowls, any medication, etc.
  • Take your pet's carrier and/or pet's crate - for air travel, car travel or when alone in a hotel room.
  • Ensure your pet wears proper vacation pet tags - with your name, the hotel's name and telephone or your cell number - in case they get lost.
  • Bring a current photograph of your pet in case he gets lost.
  • Get a referral for a veterinarian near your vacation destination.
  • Pack a pet first aid travel kit with gauze, bandages, tweezers and rubbing alcohol.
  • Call the airline to discuss their pet policies and fees.
  • Get the proper sized airline regulation pet carrier.
  • For small pet carriers try to arrange under-seat pet airline travel.

For the trip:

  • Secure pet carriers or travel friendly pet crates with seat belts or bungee cords so they don't jostle your pet.
  • Bring bottled water, a plastic container with ice chips and a lid.
  • Give your pet a light meal, at least an hour before leaving.
  • Bring your pet's blanket, treats and toys so they're comfortable and occupied.
  • Bring your dog's leash and stop for frequent bathroom and exercise breaks.
  • Don't ever leave your pet unattended in a warm vehicle.
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