Summer is here. The time to start planning for a family summer vacation with your pet is now! Whether you travel by car, RV or plane, there are things you can do now to help make your trip easier and more fun.
Plan your route and make reservations: Many pet friendly hotels have a limited amount of rooms where they allow pets. Call the hotel to confirm their pet policy and book online for great rates.
Get the right equipment for your pet and get them accustomed to it: If you have a small pet, get a well made pet carrier or pet crate. Encourage your pet to use it and reward them for doing so. Take them for a short ride in the car to a dog park or someplace fun. Get them out of their environment early and often, and they will be better pet travelers. More information on acclimating your pet to its crate or carrier.
Check airline pet policies: If you are flying, find an airline that flies your entire route. Changing airline companies along the way will complicate your trip. If your dog or cat is small enough, it can fly in the cabin with you. Some airlines will accept rabbits and small household birds as well. Larger pets must fly in the cargo hold which is temperature and pressure controlled. Be wary of temperatures, though. Any temperatures above 85 degrees F (30 degrees C) are unsafe for pet travel. Try to find flights that take off or land early in the morning or late at night for airports in hot locations.
Know the pet import requirements of any international locations you are considering. Many countries take months to prepare your pet for entry. Others will require quarantine which would not be suitable for vacationing pets.
Visit your vet: Make sure your pet is healthy enough for travel and free of ticks and fleas. If rabies vaccinations are due, have them done. Consider getting a microchip for your pet. If you should ever get separated, having a pet microchip will significantly increase your chances of being reunited. And it is required for entering many countries worldwide.
Don’t forget the basics: a very sturdy, non retractable lead, food and water, treats and toys, medical necessities and you and your pet will be ready to go! Don’t forget to buckle them up! Questions? We’re here to help. Just post any questions or concerns and we will respond promptly.
Happy summer travels to you and your pet!