- Find out if pets are welcome at your destination and what facilities and services are available for them.
- Determine if your pet can travel without becoming sick or distressed.
- Have your pet examined by your veterinarian to give it a clean bill of health and update its vaccinations.
- When traveling by car stop every few hours to let your pet exercise
- When possible, book direct flights during the cooler morning and evening hours.
- Consider boarding. Pets are often happier and safer in a secure boarding kennel or with an experienced caretaker.
Take These Things Along
- Your pet's current health and rabies certificates from your vet. They are required when crossing borders or when traveling by airplane.
- Dry food (it keeps better than canned)
- Jug of cool water
- Feeding dishes
- Your pet's favorite toys
- Your pet's medication
- A travel kennel (this is required if you travel by airplane) and a leash
- Make sure your pet wears a collar with current identification and that its license tags are attached.
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