Jan 25

Dog & Cat Traveling Tips

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Whether you are traveling down the street to the vet, cross country by car, by plane, or train, your pet can become extremely stressed and uncomfortable. You may have an option to leave them behind on a longer trip but you will have to take them to the vet at some point. Here are some traveling tips that may help you and your pet travel safer and in comfort.

Crates

Pet-Carrier-for-TravelingThe proper crate is a must when traveling by either car, plane, or train. If you are traveling by plane or train you will have specific guidelines to keep in mind. Those guidelines will work well for car travel as well. Here are specifications you will need to look for when purchasing a crate for your pet.

  1. It should be large enough for your pet to turn around in and lay down in comfortably.
  2. It should be made of a material like steel, plastic, fiberglass, or another material besides wood. Wood can break easily and also be hazardous due to splintering.
  3. It should have handles on outside to help when picking up the crate.
  4. It should have a solid bottom to prevent leaks.
  5. Most airlines require metal hardware and bolts so the crate will be more secure.
  6. For pets over 130 pounds there must be forklift spacers built into the bottom of the crate.
  7. The food and water bowl should be attached on the inside to prevent spilling.

Comfort

  1. When traveling by plane or train, the bag of extra food should be attached to the top of the crate in case they may need a little extra.
  2. Make your pet feel more secure by adding an old item of clothing that has your scent on it. Animals are very sensitive to scents and your scent will comfort your pet.
  3. On longer road trips let your pet get out and stretch their legs.
  4. Take a few toys for the crate to keep their mind busy and a few toys to use when you stop to exercise.
  5. Prior to the trip get your pet groomed. This will give them extra comfort that will help while they are confined to the crate.

Identification

  1. Your pet should always be properly identified by an ID collar.
  2. Microchipping is a great safety net in case the collar and ID tag comes off.
  3. When you are traveling by plane or train you need to have extra identification on the outside of the crate.
  4. Post a “live animal” sign on the outside of the crate to make sure all airline or train workers take extra precautions.
  5. Post your contact information on the outside of the crate.

Health Documents

  1. If you are traveling to another country you will need the proper health papers attached to the outside of the crate as well.
  2. On a road trip in the US you may be asked for proof of rabies vaccination crossing some borders. Make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up to date and you have records from your vet.

Accommodations

If you are going on a trip that requires hotel accommodations keep the following in mind:

  1. Make sure the hotel you choose allows pets.
  2. Make sure that there is an area within walking distance to exercise your pet if needed.

We hope these tips may help you plan your trip with more success. With that said, if you are traveling overseas by plane or boat, or taking a train in the US, you need to contact that particular company for traveling specifications for your pet. Although some of these tips are for longer trips taking them into consideration will help with small trips down to the park or vet as well. Happy and safe traveling!

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