Traveling with your pet can be a very stressful experience for you and your pet. “Pets are close to the emotional level of a two-year old, a change in their routine can be very stressful. Owners need to be aware that stress immediately occurs when they remove their pet from their home and normal routine,” Dr. Laxton. 

Here are some great tips how you can create a stress-free and safe traveling experience for you and your pet

Schedule A Wellness Check-Up Before Traveling!

  • Vaccines: Make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date. Your pet could be exposed to numerous new virus depending on your destination.
  • Health Certificate: Airline companies require a Health Certificate for your pet to travel with you.  Keep in mind that a Health Certificate is only valid within 30-days of your departure.
  • International Health Certificate: Please read our domestic and international section to inquire more information about traveling internationally.
  • Anti-Anxiety Medication: If your pet suffers from anxiety, safe and approved veterinary anxiety medications can be recommended.

Traveling By Plane:

We highly recommend that you try to avoid air travel with your pets. However,  If you bring your pet along on the flight, here are a few suggestions to keep your pet safe while flying the friendly skies.

  • Book a direct flight:  Direct flights will decrease stress induced by turbulence, crowd of strangers, or mishandled baggage during a layover.
  • USDA-approved shipping crate. 
    • The crate should be large enough for your pet to stand, sit and turn around in comfortably, and lined with some type of bedding.
    • Tape a small pouch of dried food outside the crate so airline personnel will be able to feed your pet in case they become hungry during a layover.
    • Make sure the crate door is securely closed, but not locked, so that airline personnel can open it in case of an emergency.
    • Make sure your pet’s crate has proper identificationMark the crate with the words “Live Animal,” as well as with your name, cell phone and destination phone number, and a photo of your pet.

Traveling By Car:

  • Prep your pet for a long trip: Get your pet accumulated to the car by taking them on a series of short drives first, gradually lengthening time spent in the car.
  • Keep your pets safe and in a secure crate at all time:  
    • The crate should be large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in.
    • Secure your pet’s crate so it will not slide or shift in the event of an abrupt stop.
    • If you decide to forgo the crate,  always keep them in the back seat or in a harness attached to a seat buckle.
  • Prep a pet-friendly travel kit. 
    • Bring food,water, a bowl, leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication and first-aid, and any travel documents.
    • Pack a favorite toy or pillow to give your pet a sense of familiarity.
    • Feed a light meal three to four hours prior to departure.
  • 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 in no time, and heatstroke can develop.
    • In cold weather, a car can act as a refrigerator, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.
    • Plan ahead

Here Are Some Pet Friend Website To Help You Find A Pet Friend Hotel:

If you plan on traveling with your pet this year, please do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to ensure your pet is up to date on their vaccines and deemed healthy for traveling.