Hit The Road: Tips For Traveling With Pets

White cat sitting in a bag for the animals on the benchMany of us travel during the summer. And, whether you are taking a cross-country drive, a weekend camping trip, or are hopping a plane to some far-off location, you may be planning on bringing your furry companion along for the ride. But traveling with pets does take some special planning and consideration. Here is what you need to know to make traveling with your pet safe, fun, and enjoyable for all.

Things To Consider

Making the decision to bring a pet along on a trip isn’t always easy.  Before you hit the road, you’ll want to consider the following:

  • Is your pet comfortable with travel? Is his or her age, temperament, and overall health and fitness level compatible with a lengthy car or plane ride?
  • If you are traveling across state lines or the U.S. border with your pet, a health certificate may be required. This certificate indicates that your pet is healthy and shows no signs of diseases that could be passed to people or other animals. An examination by a veterinarian is required in order for a health certificate to be issued. We can help you with that.
  • Before embarking on your adventure, make sure that your pet is up-to-date on all of his or her vaccinations. Many pet-friendly establishments require proof of vaccinations, so be sure to bring your pet’s records along.  Depending on where you are going, your pet may be exposed to diseases not found in your area, so be sure your pet doesn’t need a vaccine that’s not normally administered in our area.
  • You’ll also want to check to see that your pet’s flea, tick and heartworm preventatives are current, as well. If you aren’t sure, or you need more of these medications, give us a call.
  • Besides a properly fitting collar with ID tags, a microchip is your best bet for being reunited with your pet in the event you are separated from each other. If you have not already done so, have your pet microchipped and register the chip with the database. Don’t forget to keep the contact info current!
  • We consider our pets members of our family, but not everyone feels the same. Call ahead and make sure that wherever you are staying allows pets. If you choose a pet-friendly hotel, limit the amount of time your animal is in the room alone. And don’t forget to be sure that the activities you have planned once you arrive are pet-friendly, too.

Packing for Your Pup

Your four-legged traveling companion will need to pack a bag, too. Don’t forget:

  • Leash, collar and harness
  • Bed and blankets
  • Favorite toys
  • Food and plenty of fresh, cool water
  • Food and water bowls
  • Prescribed medications: bring enough for the duration of the trip plus a few days extra, just in case
  • Pet first-aid kit, especially if camping

If it’s been awhile since your pet’s last exam, call us to schedule an appointment! We will do our best to ensure you and your pet are as prepared as possible for whatever adventures may await you this summer!