Friday, January 25, 2008

Traveling with Pets

Traveling can be difficult when pets are involved. Instead of leaving your pet at home why not bring them along? Here is some advice when traveling with a pet:

Taking your Pet

Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with its name and your contact information on it. You also may want to consider getting microchip implanted in your pet.

Car Ride

Familiarize your pet with riding in a car before taking long trips. Failure to do so may result in a sick pet. Some people prefer to use carriers for pets on long drives, while other allow their pets to ride along free from restraint. This decision should be assessed on an individual basis.

Don't feed your pet right before leaving. Feeding your pet the night before will ensure that his/her stomach is settled.

Stop frequently so your pet can stretch their legs and have time to go to the bathroom. Walk with your pet on a leash during all stops.

Before you Leave

Pack a water dish, feed dish, plastic bags, a leash, blanket, and a favorite toy of your pet. These items will make your pet's journey much more comfortable. If your pet needs medication, make sure to bring it.

If you are relocating, make sure you bring your pets records from the vet.


Make sure you find out if you your hotel is pet friendly before you make reservations.

Bring your pets health documentation with you because campgrounds, hotels, and kennels will need to see that information before your pet can stay.

Airline Pet Policies

Different airlines have different policies when it comes to bringing your pet on board. Check back next week for airline specific requirements.

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