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Traveling with Your Pet
Having a good travel experience with your dogs
(and other pets) takes some planning. If your trip involves a car or an
your animals can come, but you should consider all the options. There
that don't handle travel stress well, and they can be exposed to
that you'll have no control over. No matter what, your dog's well-being
should always come first.
Your Pet is Coming Along
- Get a
check-up at the
veterinarian. You'll want to have copies of all your vaccination and
health papers and your
pet's identification tags.
- Make a
temporary tag listing the
information at your travel destinations.
supplies: a crate/kennel/carrier,
leash or harness, food and water dishes, toys, beds and
- Bring a
current photo and written
of your pet in case they get lost.
your pet's usual food to last for the trip plus an extra 2 days.
Regular diet helps your pet remain calm and prevents upset stomach.
some favorite items like a toy and a bed. Familiar items makes
pets feel better.
plenty of water to keep your dog hydrated and energized. Bring
water from home or buy bottled water on the trip.
box - cats and litter box trained dogs will appreciate their own
bathroom on the trip.
clean up after your pet . If we take care of the places we stay at,
they will keep allowing pets.
As a general rule, dogs are usually pretty good automobile travelers --
cats usually not as much. Good news though, both can learn to travel
safely and happily with a little practice. If your
companion has never been in a car, take some short practice trips so
they can acclimate. Before you head out, secure your pet in a crate or
Flying the Friendly Skies
Thousands of pets fly every year without incident, but remember that
your companion will be flying in the cargo hold where they can be
exposed to extremes of temperature, long periods of confinement and
rough handling. There are experts that advise against shipping your
pets via air as cargo. The best approach is to only book non-stop
and since the cargo space is not unlimited, be sure to book early for
your pet and yourself to guarantee a spot for Spot.
Leaving the Fur Children Behind
There are options for you when leaving your pets behind: boarding
kennels, pet sitters and live-in pet sitters. Remember that arranging a
stay for your pet takes planning and you should be certain to make a
reservation early. Ask friends, family, neighbors, veterinarians and
other pet professionals to see who they recommend. You can also check
with the American Boarding Kennels
for locations near you.
Call and see if they can take your companions during your trip, and
then schedule a visit to see their facility. If your pets have special
needs, be certain to mention that to the facility management as some
can't accommodate special requirements. Here are some basic tips to
when evaluating a kennel.
Before going to the kennel, be sure your pet
current on vaccinations
or titers. Talk to your veterinarian about kennel cough and whether
this is an appropriate preventative for you pet. When you are ready to
drop off your pet, remember to bring any medications, special foods,
your veterinarians telephone number, contact telephone numbers for you
while on your trip and a local emergency contact person.
- Does the facility look and smell clean?
- Are the dog runs adequately sized for
animals in them and
is there an exercise plan?
- Is there bedding provided so your
doesn't have to
rest on cement?
- Are cats kept in a separate area?
- What is the feeding schedule and what
they fed? Can you
bring your own brand of food?
- Are the staff knowledgeable and caring?
- How are the rates calculated?
Pet sitters allow your pets to stay in your home and get personal
attention without a major disruption of routine. You can choose to have
a pet sitter make a certain number of visits per day or choose to have
the sitter live in your home. The pet sitter should have proof of
commercial liability insurance to cover accidents or negligence and
they should be bonded to protect your pet against theft. Have your
companions meet the potential pet sitter to be sure they get along.
Look for experience and check references. As with the boarding
facilities, make reservations early, especially during holidays and
other busy times. Here are some basic tips to consider when evaluating
a pet sitter.
No matter what you decide, come along or stay
get you started on
the right path for you and your pets.
- Does the pet sitter have an on-call
- What is the back up plan if the pet
is sick, injured
or has vehicle trouble and can't get to your home?
- What system is used to be certain that
have returned home?
- Did the pet sitter ask about your pet?
Likes, dislikes, habits,
health, medications, routines?
- Have you gotten a written contract
explaining services and fees?