Pets are important family members, and many of us bring them on vacation with us. But traveling with pets can be challenging and involves a good amount of planning ahead. Be sure to do your research in advance of the trip, so you’re sure to find a warm welcome at your destination, with no unexpected surprises.
Make sure your pet is Suited for Travel
Pets who are aggressive or fearful are not good candidates for travel. Elderly or sick animals might not endure travel as well as they used to. Your veterinarian will be able to advise you. If your pet is not good with travel, you should consider a reliable pet-sitter.
Choose a Pet-Friendly Destination
Planning a pet-friendly vacation means your pet is going to be spending the majority of the time out and about with you. Not every destination is suitable to bring a pet. Many national parks and beaches ban pets. Make sure there are pet-friendly activities that you both will enjoy!
Find a Hotel that is Pet-Friendly
Many hotels will gladly accept pets but keep in mind that some charge fees or require a security deposit. Others have weight limits or breed restrictions. Never leave your dog alone. Even the most well-trained pet can cause damage, bark continuously when left unsupervised in an unfamiliar place.
Tag Your Pet
Put a tag on your pet’s collar that includes your name, address, phone number and rabies vaccination. Along with tags, many owners choose to get their pets microchipped so if they do get lost, local shelters can find the animal in a national database.
Secure Your Pet
Keep your pet safe in a well-ventilated crate or carrier that is large enough for him to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in. You can also use a pet harness specifically made for dogs. Seatbelts for people are dangerous for dogs.
• Health Documentation
• Bed & Blanket
• Food, Snacks, Water & Bowls
• First Aid Kit
• Grooming Tools
• Waste Pick Up Bags
- Never leave your animal alone in a parked vehicle. On a hot day, even with the windows open, a parked automobile can become a furnace and heatstroke can develop.
- Don’t allow your pet to ride with his head outside the window. He could be injured by flying objects, and his eyes are exposed to dirt, rocks, dust and other debris.
- Always provide frequent bathroom and exercise breaks
- Have water available. The stress of traveling and your pet’s excitement may cause increased thirst.