ALL ABOUT DOGS and CATS Resource Center for Canine & Feline Lovers
Traveling with Pets
Pets prone to biting or excessive vocalizing, or who cannot follow basic obedience
commands should not travel.
Take into account the type of vacation you have planned. A fishing and hiking trip is a
delightful experience for a dog, but not at all suited for a cat. Also consider how much
time your pet may have to stay alone, cooped up in a hotel room. If your pet can't
actively participate in the trip, he/she will be better off staying
home with someone you trust.
While family and good friends and neighbors are usually the best
choices for your pet, there are many excellent professional pet sitters and boarding
kennels. If your pet is ill or needs special medical care you may want to consider
leaving her in a verterinary clinic while you are away.
Before you make plans to include your furry friend in your family
vacation, determine if your pet is able to or should travel. Most
dogs, and some cats, take well to travelling. Very young or
very old pets, pets who are sick, injured, or pregnant should
not travel. Always check with your veterinarian before you
decide to take him/her along.
|Prepare your dog for car travel.
Although most dogs love going
for car rides, they need to be
introduced to car travel in a non-
threatening, pleasant way.
Before embarking on a vacation
with your dog, get him used to
moving vehicles. Start by driving
him around a block or two, then
gradually prolong the ride.
Do not make going to the vet the
only time your dog rides in the
car. Take pleasant rides to
places like parks and beaches
and he will look forward to a car
ride as much as he does a walk..
Whether you are taking your pet or boarding her, make sure all vaccinations are up to
date. Kennels typically require a bordatella (kennel cough) vaccine to be given at least
two weeks in advance of boarding. Even if you are taking your dog on your trip, you
may have to board her unexpectedly. Bring a copy of medical records, including rabies
certificate. Apply flea and tick preventative to your dog. Pack any medications needed,
including heartworm and other preventives.
Some areas have a higher incidence of Lyme disease-carrying ticks than others.
Especially if you're camping and hiking with your dog, get a Lyme vaccination well in
advance of your trip.
Ensure that your pet's identification is secure on its collar or leash. Include a phone
number where you can be reached while away from home, just in case you and your
pet become separated during your travels. Always keep your cell phone with you.
Bring photos of your pet in case he escapes and you need to make lost pet posters.
Store the pictures in resealable plastic bags. Also, pack a photo of family members with
the pet in case you need additional proof that the pet is yours.
Planning Your Trip/ Vacation