Traveling with your Dog or Cat
Traveling by Car
It is very common to have our dog or cat be a traveling companion on family trips nowadays. There are some important recommendations for before and during your trip.
Take your pet to the veterinarian before leaving on your car trip. I would advise a week in advance at least just in case there is some health concern that needs to be addressed. During this time any vaccines, flea and tick/heartworm prevention, microchip placement can be addressed. If traveling to another country by car ie; Mexico or Canada) from the US you will require a health certificate for your pet. This can be given to you be your vet (Certified Veterinarian)
If your dog or cat gets very nervous during car trips or experiencing motion sickness your veterinarian can recommend certain medications to address both syndromes.
You should bring fresh drinking water and our pet's regular food. You should bring bowls for placing the water and food. There are collapsible bowls that you can purchase to save room in the car. It is also advisable to bring "poop" bags, paper towels, wet wipes for easy clean up.
Keeping your furry loved ones save should be your first priority. Pets should not be allowed to move freely about the car while in motion. There are seatbelt harnesses made for dogs or they should be crated this is so they do not get thrown around in the event of an accident or keeping them from escaping and running away when opening the car door.
Cats should be kept in carriers. If traveling a long way you can bring a litter box to place in car and let cat out to go to the bathroom than you can bag up litter and wastes to discard. If staying at hotels you can set it up there. be very careful if cat loose in car that he or she does not escape.
Air Travel with Your Pets
There is a definite increase in pet air travel during holidays and summer.
It is very important to be well prepared when traveling with your pet. Leaving yourself time to plan is very important.
Know the requirements of the airline you are using to fly and the city, state or country you will be traveling to. the requirements for traveling within the United States is not that stringent, however if traveling to other countries requirements can be much more stringent. In some cases you need to start the process in a year in advance.
Contact your veterinarian or a pet transportation specialist (PetRelocation.com) to assist you with required vaccines, testing and health certificates.
In most cases you will need to get a health certificate from your veterinarian. Please check with the airline as to how many days before travel the certificate must be issued. If traveling internationally make sure you know the requirements!
Flying your Pet in the Cabin
Most airlines require pets to be under a certain weight to be in the cabin with their owners. The carrier you use must fit under the seat in front of you. I advise to check with the airline about the carrier size and dimensions and if the total weight is pet and carrier together.
Make sure you make a reservation for pet along with your ticket. Be sure to confirm this reservation with the airline a day before traveling so there are no mistakes.
Some animals may be stressed or frightened by travel. Consider tranquilizers. If your pet is traveling in the cabin with you, you may just want to have some on hand in case of unexpected anxiety.
Flying your Pet as Cargo
Contact the airline and know the breed, weight and size restrictions.
Make sure you label the crate appropriately. Include your name, address, phone number, origination and destination cities.
Inside the crate make sure you have bowls for food and water attached to the crate so it does not tip over. The floor of the crate should have absorbent material such as "wee-wee" pads or newspaper.
*** Make sure plan ahead to make sure your travels are as stress-free as possible.