Nothing says summer like a vacation, but is your pet ready to ride along? Bringing a pet along on a trip can add another layer of fun, but can also lead to more responsibility, planning, and preparation. When traveling with pets, your furry friend’s safety, comfort, and of course fun, all need to be considered well in advance.
Our tips for traveling with pets aim to help you and your pet make the most out of your summer vacation together!
Traveling with Pets
You’ll never be able to plan for every possible situation, but being prepared for any adventure with your pet will allow you to relax and enjoy your trip as much as possible.
Keep these 5 considerations for traveling with pets in mind:
- Pet-friendly planning – You already know that pet-friendly accommodations at and along your route are a must, but be sure to plan ahead for plenty of pit stops to let your pet stretch their legs and go to the bathroom (just like the humans in the car!). Try to (safely) include your pet in some of the fun while you are at your destination, too.
- Wellness planning – Bring your pet in to see us for a wellness checkup prior to your trip. We will make sure that your pet’s vaccinations and parasite prevention are up to date, and that they are healthy enough for travel. This is also a great time to have your pet microchipped if you haven’t already, or to update the chip’s registry with your current contact information. Whether you are camping or staying with pets in hotels, this wellness planning is essential to a safe and happy trip.
- Proper restraints – Whether you’re traveling by car or plane, proper restraints for your pet is a must. Airline travel requires that pets be housed inside well-ventilated crates, and pets in cars should be restrained as well, either in a crate or with a seatbelt-style harness. Loose pets in cars can be a serious distraction, putting everyone in danger.
- Packing for your pet – Your pet’s travel gear should include extra food, plenty of water, bowls to eat and drink from, and extra doses of any medications or supplements your pet is taking. Bedding, blankets, and toys from home will go a long way toward making your pet feel more comfortable in an unfamiliar environment.
- Health certificates – If you’re traveling with your dor or cat on an airline that flies pets, or even crossing state lines in a car, you will need documentation to prove that your pet is up to date on their vaccinations. When planning your trip, research the requirements and contact us as soon as possible so we can get a head start on any necessary health certificates.
An Important Reminder
Every year, thousands of pets die as a result of being left alone inside a parked vehicle. Even on a relatively cool day, the temperature inside a parked vehicle can skyrocket to dangerous levels. Always play it safe in this area, and never leave your pet inside a parked car for any reason.