Hit The Road: Pet Travel Tips
Spring break and summer vacations are right around the corner and, while many dogs enjoy car rides, some pets may be apprehensive about road trips or airplane travel. Bringing your best pal along can have joyful results (so many new smells!), but there are numerous important – and mandatory – pre-requisites to safe, positive pet travel.
To support your pet’s comfort and safety while away from home, we offer the following tidbits:
Driving To Your Destination
Your pet might seem the best co-pilot ever (even if there is a slight issue of him or her eating your atlas outside a rest stop in the middle of nowhere), but he or she should not sit unfastened in the front passenger seat.
You both may have to get used to the idea, but your pet must be safely restrained with an appropriate vehicle harness, or in his or her pet kennel that is buckled into place (crate trained cats will need this, too). Consider how dangerous it could be for your untethered small dog or cat should you get into an accident. Please buckle up!
Road trips will be less stressful for everyone if the following suggestions are practiced:
Pet Travel On Planes
Flying with your pet between states is a little different from international flying, but either scenario requires that you obtain a certificate of veterinary inspection within ten days of travel. Please schedule your pet’s appointment so we can help you with this prior to your flight. Your destination may require quarantine or additional paperwork. Also:
If your pet is small enough to ride below the seat in front of you, purchase a comfortable carrier designed specifically for air travel. Not all airports have the same pet amenities. If you have a layover, we recommend knowing in advance where you can safely take your pet for some relaxation and fresh air.
Tips For Pet Travel Success
Whether you are traveling by car or plane, make sure that your final vacation destination is pet-friendly. Make your reservations in advance to ensure your pet will be comfortable (some places may even boast that they pamper pets). Research the pet rules or regulations of your destination city or country; if you are going to a place that requires updated parasite prevention or additional vaccination, you’ll want to get this out of the way in advance.
Lastly, please know that Schertz Animal Hospital offers boarding services. If you are unable to bring your pet along, he or she will remain safe and comfortable with us. Please let us know if we can help you and your pet.
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