Trip Tips

Plan Ahead

  • 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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