Summertime is almost here! That means more traveling adventures for pets and their pet parents.
If you’re planning any kind of extended travel with your pet, you need to prepare and plan ahead.
A cross country trip, day trip, camping trip or travel by plane, ship, or car should include a list of critical pet items: pet emergency kit, medications, leashes and harness and plenty of food and water to name a few.
Generic Travel Tips
- Microchip your pet.
- Bring extra food, treats and water.
- Remember pet medications, medical records, and identification.
- Find a vet in your travel destination.
- Bring a first aid kit for emergencies.
- NEVER leave your pet in a hot car!
Car Travel Tips
- Use your pet travel harness to avoid distracted driving.
- Keep your dog’s head INSIDE the car to prevent road debris and bugs from getting into her nose, eyes and ears.
- Do not secure the pet carrier with a safety belt.
- Leave the pet carrier behind the passenger or driver seat.
Air Travel: You and Your Pet
- Certain breeds are restricted from flying – be sure to check the airline’s pet travel policy. Restricted breeds include Boxers, Bulldogs, Pugs, Terriers, short-nosed breeds and some cat breeds.
- Bring your pet’s health certificate from your vet.
- Choose a direct flight whenever possible.
- Do not feed your pet at least four hours before the flight.
- Arrive early and do not tranquilize your pet.
Air Travel: Your Pet As Cargo
- Make sure your pet is microchipped, with collar and tags.
- Clearly mark the carrier as “LIVE ANIMAL” with your contact information and a backup contact for emergencies.
- Check your airline ahead of time for size restrictions on pets.
- NEVER let attendants stow your pet overhead.
- Make sure you have a direct contact with the airline to help with any pet-related problems.
Hotel Travel Tips
- Bring potty pads and belly bands if your dog marks their territory.
- Secure your dog in portable crates like Soft Crates for your pet’s comfort.
- Bring extra treats from home and avoid introducing new foods.
- Remember extra blankets and comfort items to keep you dog calm in unfamiliar hotel rooms.
Have a wonderful and safe summer! 😎
Dr. Pet Mom
“Our family always had animals, but they became more important to me as the years passed because they helped me deal with the absence of love.”