Traveling With Pets

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With warmer weather comes more traveling. And we all like to take the whole family including the family pets. When traveling with pets, it can be a lot like traveling with children. You need to have certain things in mind to make them (and yourself) comfortable while on the road.

 

-          does your pet get car sick

-          does your pet get nervous while traveling

-          do you have the proper carrier/crate for your pet if needed

-          do you have treats to keep your pet appeased

-          can my pet handle traveling due to sickness/injury/age/temperament

-          is my pet microchipped (and registered) incase we get separated

-          does my pet have identification tags on his/her collar

-          if I’m traveling across country, do I have a health certificate for my pet

-          have I found lodging that allows pets

 

These are all things to consider while preparing to travel with pets.

 

Things you should always carry with you if you decide to travel with your four legged friends.

-          Your veterinarians contact information

-          List of veterinarians and 24 hour emergency hospitals along the way and close to your destination (to find a listing, visit AVMA.org, State VMA, or Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society)

-          Identification

  • Current color photo of your pet
  • Id tag should include: owners name, current home address and home phone number
  • Travel id tag should include: owners local contact phone number and address, contact information for your accommodations (hotel, campground, etc)

-          Medical records including pre-existing conditions and medications.

-          Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (health certificate). This includes proof of vaccinations (proof of rabies required) and other illnesses.

-          Items for your pet

  • Prescribed medications (make sure you have enough for your entire trip plus a few days just in case. You can talk to your veterinarian about medications for traveling if they’re high energy pets or if they get car sick.)
  • Collar, leash, harness
  • Crate
  • Bed/blankets
  • Toys
  • Food and water
  • Food and water dishes
  • Waste bags (for those unexpected messes)

 

May your travels be safe and exciting – for everyone!

Source: avma.org