Pet Travel Tips

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Hemingway the German Shepherd is ready for travel

Travel Tips When Traveling by Car:

Tip # 1- It is important to use a plastic or wire kennel to restrain your pet for safety. You may also opt to use a seat belt system. A restraint system keeps both you and your pawsenger safe during travels.

Tip # 2 – Visit your vet and obtain a health certificate that meets the requirements of the state that you are visiting.

Tip # 3 – Make sure to pack your pet’s food, water, bowls, leashes, toys, a towel, and potty bags.

Tip # 4 – Never leave your pet unattended in a hot car!

Tip # 5 – Avoid traveling when your pet has a full stomach.

Tip # 6 – Call ahead to make reservations at pet friendly hotels so that you have a place to stay in advance.

Tip # 7 – It is a good idea to carry a current photo of your pet and make sure that your pet’s ID tag is attached and up to date.

Tip # 8 – A tie-out is a good idea for when you let your pet out and to stretch his legs.

Tip # 9 – Remember to make lots of comfort stops and to provide fresh water at each break.

Tip # 10 – It is a good idea to carry a pet first-aid kit in your vehicle.

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Travel Tips When Traveling by Plane:

Only use crates approved by the IATA for your pet’s journey.

Tip # 1 – Check with the airline for specific pet travel guidelines and most recent requirements. During the summer months many airlines have pet travel restrictions due to the heat.

Tip # 2 – Not all breeds are allowed on airlines or into other countries.

Tip # 3 – Find the most direct route for your pet to fly.

Tip # 4 – Make sure your travel crate meets domestic or international requirements or your pet will not be accepted onto the aircraft.

Tip #5 – Airlines and countries require specific health documentation, vaccinations, and export/import certificates.

Tip # 6 – Have a photo of your pet and make sure that your pet’s ID tag is current.

Tip # 7 – Make your reservations well in advance and familiarize yourself with the custom’s procedures when visiting another country with your pet. International travel preparation can be extensive requiring much planning, expense, and requirements.

Tip # 8 – Visit your veterinarian and obtain a health certificate. If flying internationally, you want to make sure that your vet is USDA registered.

Tip # 9 – Exercise your pet well before dropping him at cargo.

Tip # 10 – Acclimate your pet to the travel crate well in advance of travel.