On the Road Again: Traveling with Pets

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School is ending , summer time is here, and people’s minds are turning to vacation! If you are like many pet owners who wouldn’t think of traveling without your furry family members, here are some tips from our team for having a safe and successful vacation while bringing your pets along for the ride.

  • Check Websites like Homeaway.com, VRBO.com and Airbnb.com for pet-friendly properties to rent. Do remember most pet-friendly vacation rentals require a deposit or special fee for allowing pets.
  • If driving with pets, make sure they are secured in a carrier or car harness to keep them safe in case of an accident. If flying with a pet, check with your airline about guidelines and restrictions.
  • Is your pet on medication(s)? Make sure to have their prescription(s) filled and enough of any other needed medical supplies to last the length of your trip.
  • Research on the Internet to see if there is an emergency veterinary clinic in the area where you are traveling and record the information in your smart phone/mobile device.
  • Pack a travel bag for your pet—and keep in easy reach—that includes fresh water in a thermos or sealed container, a collapsible water bowl, treats, paper towels, poop/plastic bags and baby wipes for rest stops and possible accidents.
  • Is your pet prone to car sickness? Check with your veterinarian about motion sickness medications to ease their queasy.
  • Measure out enough food for your pet for the duration of your trip and store in large, plastic zip top bags.
  • Pack food bowl(s), water bowl(s), treats, a few favorite toys and any other special items like your pet’s favorite blankey to help your pet feel at home while away.
  • Have a pet with a white or very light coat? Remember they can become sunburned when outside for too long. Purchase pet-safe sunscreen and limit their time in direct sunlight.
  • If traveling to a tropical locale or beach get-a-away, remember to limit your pet’s play time to cooler times of the day to avoid heat-related illnesses.
  • A travel grooming kit—small bottle of shampoo, a brush, a small pair of scissors, tweezers—is recommended in case your pet winds up rolling in the mud or picking up sand spurs in their paws.
  • Make sure your pet(s) flea & tick treatment is up-to-date before you travel so they are protected from local pests.
  • Make sure your pet has a collar with proper identification (rabies tag and tag with name and contact phone) in case they were to get lost. Consider having them microchipped—or make sure your microchip information is up-to-date—before you travel for an extra level of protection.

Have any other favorite pet travel tips? Feel free to share them in the comments!

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