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5 Tips for Traveling with Pets

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cat.jpgFor pet owners, the family pet often becomes a family member.  It’s hard to imagine taking family vacations without it especially for an extended period of time. With costly can all and pet sitting fees it is often cheaper to take your pet with you. Traveling with a pet is becoming even more popular. According to a study by AAA and Best Western International, more than half of U.S. pet owners take their cats and dogs with them when they travel. If you are planning a vacation in planning to bring along your furry pal here are a few things to take into consideration.


Check with the carrier’s policies

While this may sound like common sense is important to check with the carrier you are traveling on for their pet policy. Policies for carriers and modes of transportation will vary as well as fees. You will also want to inquire based on your particular route because policies can vary across the carrier, for example checked pets cannot travel on A321S, A321H, A320, A319 aircraft and all flights operated by their regional partner Air Wisconsin. Some airlines will refuse certain breeds. It’s important to be over informed rather than under informed. You don’t want to arrive for your trip only to find out that you did not take proper measures to ensure that your pet can travel with you on their carrier.


Also make sure you check out the FAA’s Traveling With Pet’s Guidelines


Speak with your veterinarian

Traveling can be stressful for adults and you can only imagine how stressful it can be for pet who doesn’t understand what is happening or what they are experiencing. Check with your veterinarian before traveling with your pet to make sure that your pet doesn’t have any underlying medical issues that would be complicated by transport. According to the American Humane Association, "Puppies and kittens, sick animals, animals in heat and frail or pregnant animals should not travel by air." Risk can also vary by breed, according the Humane Society air travel is particularly dangerous for animals with 'inset' faces," such as bulldogs, pugs and Persian cats.


Check with your lodging site

While hotel establishments are increasingly becoming pet friendly you want to inform them ahead of time that you’re trying to bring your pet with you to find out if  they have any policies of restrictions that would impact your trip. To find a list of animal friendly lodging options check out


Check with the Destination

This doesn’t necessarily apply to domestic locations but if you are traveling international location you will need to find out if there are any documents needed for your pet or policies that would impact your ability to travel with your pet. You’re pet might require additional vaccinations to accompany or even a quarantine upon arrival. If you plan to travel internationally visit to learn more about the requirements for your destination.


Pack Smart for Your Pet

Create checklist and began purchasing items ahead of time so that you don’t forget any items that will be needed on your trip. Suggested items for traveling with a pet include but are not limited to:

  • Your veterinarian's contact information as well as a list of Veterinarians and 24 hour Emergency Hospitals along the way and close to your destination
  • Pet should be wearing an ID tag that includes the following information:

Owner's name, current home address and home phone number

  • Updated microchip registration should be updated with your current contact information including a cell phone number.
  • Current copies of your pet's medical records including pre-existing conditions and medications.
  • Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (health certificate)
  • Proof of vaccinations (Proof of rabies vaccination required) and other illnesses
  • Prescribed medications (adequate supply for entire duration of trip and several days' surplus supply, just in case)
  • Collar, leash, harness
  • Crate
  • Bed/blankets
  • Toys
  • Food and cool, fresh water as well as dished for food and water
  • First Aid Kit for your pet


*Note- some airlines may require an acclimation certificate for air travel. Check to see if your airline requires this.

Items for your pet


Happy traveling!


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