While we now have many pet-friendly options available, attention to a few details will ensure happy tails on your happy trails.
On the road:
- Make sure you have a sturdy pet crate or carrier for safety in the car, hotel or both. It should be large enough for your pet to stand, lie down and turn around.
- Feed Fido a light meal 3 or 4 hours before hitting the road.
- Never leave your pet alone in a parked car, even with the windows open!
- Does your dog have a travel kit? Create one with his food/water bowls, leash, bags for waste, grooming supplies, medication and a favorite toy or pillow.
In the air:
- Airline policies vary, but all have size restrictions for dogs traveling in the cabin. To travel on board, your dog must be small enough for an under-seat pet carrier.
- If Fido can’t fit under the seat, you’ll need to check him in to travel with luggage. See BringFido.com/Travel for a rundown of airline pet policies.
- To travel in the luggage area, your pet should be in a sturdy plastic carrier. Don’t forget to put your name, address and multiple phone numbers on the carrier!
- Always try to book a non-stop direct flight. Also, book flight times that will help you avoid extreme temperatures: early morning or late evening during the summer and midday during the winter.
- You’ll need to get a health certificate signed by your vet within 10 days of your flight.
- Veterinary experts advise against giving dogs sedatives or tranquilizers for flights, but check with your vet if you feel it’s medically necessary for your dog.
- Don’t leave home without your dog’s papers! Whether you’re traveling near or far, take Fido’s rabies vaccination record, prescriptions, his vet’s number and any other needed documents.
- If your pet doesn’t have an ID tag on his collar, get him one before the trip. Adding a temporary travel tag with your mobile number and destination number is also a good idea.
Ensuring your dog’s safety and comfort will have him ready for your travel adventures! Keep safe and enjoy your trip.