It’s that time of year when we start planning for our summer vacations. Perhaps you might be flying or driving, but do you plan to take your pet(s) with you and your family? Traveling with a pet can be very stressful on both you and your pet. It’s very important before you head off to ensure you understand any requirements to keep your pet safe and secure during your travels.
If you plan to fly with your pet it’s very important before you book a ticket to make sure your preferred airline allows pets to fly and what their requirements are. For commercial flights, pets can travel in three different ways and all require a fee (varies by airline).
- In the Cabin (Checked Baggage In Cabin) – must be accompanied by an adult and inside an airline approved carrier that will fit under the seat in front of you.
- Cargo (Checked Baggage Cargo) – If your pet is not permitted in the cabin they can be checked in as baggage in the cargo hold.
- Manifest Cargo – Perhaps your pet is too large to fit under the seat in front of you or they are traveling alone, then they must be checked to travel as manifest cargo.
Note, if you are traveling internationally with your pet you must contact your airline and find out what is required for your pet. Every country has different polices and restrictions on pets coming in and leaving their country. Some require quarantine periods, pet passports, certain vaccinations, etc. It’s best to be prepared ahead of time.
Perhaps a road trip is in your near future. Making sure your pet is secure on your road trip is essential. There are many products out there to ensure the utmost safety of your fur baby. Here are few suggestions for your road trip.
- Before you head off take some short road trips to ensure your pet is comfortable in the car.
- Carrier – make sure to get a well-ventilated carrier for your dog or cat and ensure its large enough for them to sit, stand, lie down and move around in easily.
- Airflow – ensure you pet has good exposure to air flow and never leave your pet unattended in a vehicle.
- Food & Water – pets tend to be uneasy in the car. It’s probably best to limit their food and water intake until you know for sure their bellies can handle the motion or you might find yourself cleaning up after your pet.
- ID tags -Inevitably you will need to stop at a rest area. Make sure your pet has a proper ID tag, and you might even consider microchipping prior to your trip. You never know when your pet might run off or get distracted and wonder off. It’s best to be prepared.
- Misc Supplies – Emergency supplies for your pet in the event of an injury or illness.
- Vaccination Records – If you are traveling across state lines make sure you contact your Veterinarian prior to your trip to get a copy of your pet’s vaccination records. It’s also a good time to ensure your pet is up to date on all shots.
Lastly, I would recommend you check out the Humane Society website for some wonderful travel tips for car, plane, train or ship. http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/traveling_tips_pets_ships_planes_trains.html