When planning your family vacation or traveling abroad with your pet, there are a few things to keep in mind. Here are some tips to know before traveling with a pet.
FLYING – If you are flying with your pet, you may want to visit a travel site like Pet Airways to make planning easier.
HEALTH CERTIFICATES – When flying you will be required to have a health certificate. Plan with your vet to get this near to your departure date since it is only valid for 10 days in most cases, however, when flying internationally you must contact your point-of-destination for entry details. Most international pet travel involves detailed, exhaustive planning so start early! Visit the USDA-APHIS website to find the guidelines for pet travel to individually listed countries.
VACCINES – Make sure your pet is up-to-date on yearly vaccines especially if traveling internationally. For dogs, rabies, distemper combo (DA2PP and sometimes with Lepto & Corona) and Bordetella and for cats, rabies, distemper combo (FVRCP) and sometimes Leukemia (FELV). Most destinations require proof of vaccines, some countries require proof of the past 3 yrs of vaccinations so make sure you don’t miss a year. Even when traveling by car it is especially important to have your pet current on vaccinations because while your pet may be healthy, other travelers pet’s may not.
TRAVEL SICKNESS – Some pets get car sick or travel sick just like humans. Consult with your veterinarian to see if your pet is eligible to have travel sickness medications to make for a smoother trip.
REST AREAS – Rest areas can be located on the internet which will make planning those important stops much easier.
ANIMAL HOSPITALS – Know how far the nearest animal hospital is from your destination. That way in case of an emergency you can get there quickly. Also, if you have a special needs pet, it is wise to carry a copy of your pet’s most recent medical records.
RESTAURANTS – Some restaurants are pet friendly and your pet member can dine with you. The Internet can help with this search.
LODGING – Many hotels/resorts are pet friendly as well. You choice of lodging will be able to assist you with the details. Ask is there is an ample exercise area to walk your pet on the property.
BOARDING FACILITIES – Locate a boarding/day care facility at your destination. You never know when a human emergency or event may arise when you need either/both. Keeping copies of current vaccines/health certificate may com in handy.
The best was to travel with your pet is by being prepared. It will ensure a safer, happier experience for everyone. If you have any questions, give us a call at (480) 339-0406.