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Pet Friendly Travel
Planning Your Trip/ Vacation
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
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.
Pets prone to biting or excessive vocalizing, or
who cannot follow basic obedience commands
should not travel.
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.
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.
Plan Ahead - Bring
•Lists of rest stops and veterinary hospitals
•Kitty litter and pan if applicable
• Dog seat belt or crate / kennel
•Water and Bowls
•One or two toys
•Blanket and/or dog/cat bed
• Bags to pick up waste, pet wipes
•Medications, if applicable
•Your pet’s medical records, registration, etc.