Things To Consider When Traveling With Your Pet

Pre-Trip Veterinarian Appointment

In order to ensure your pet's safety, we recommend taking your dog to the vet before leaving on your trip. You should get your veterinarian's consultation before taking your dog anywhere. Your vet will be able to hone in on your dog's specific needs and make sure their health, vaccines, and paperwork are in order before takeoff.

Your veterinarian may also recommend medication to help ease your pet's anxiety, especially if you are going on a long-haul flight or ride. You should ask your vet for tips on traveling with your pet since it's likely that they have dealt with this before. They may know insights that you otherwise would not have known such as medications or soothing items to include in your pet care bag.

Pet-Friendly Hotels and Restaurants

You should always look for pet-friendly places before you travel. This includes restaurants, bars, parks, and especially hotels. There are a number of apps and websites you can use to search for hotels that allow pets at any location you plan to travel to. Most of the popular apps, such as Airbnb and Booking.com, have filters allowing you to search for only pet-friendly places. You should call the hotel to check on pet policies and information before leaving.

Another pro tip is to always ask a restaurant or bar if you can bring your dog. As long as there is not a "No Pets Allowed" sign, you can ask the manager if it is okay for you to bring your dog. You'd be surprised at their response. Often times, they will have no problem with you sitting outside with your pup.

Health Certificates

This is a crucial factor for pet owners before making a trip with their pets. Almost every airline, train, or hotel will require you to have a health certificate with a record of your pet's vaccines, especially when traveling internationally. A health certificate is issued by a licensed veterinarian showing that your pet is safe to travel and is not showing any signs of disease that might transmit to people or other pets.

Your vet may check for heartworm disease and prescribe preventative medication. They may also check previous health records and vaccination history.

Pet Carriers

It is important to make sure your pet has a comfortable travel experience. You need a way to transport your pet that is stylish, comfortable, and versatile. First and foremost, a pet carrier should be comfortable for your pet to sit in for long periods of time. It should always meet airline requirements such as size, weight, and security. It is best to buy an airline-approved pet carrier, so you won't have any trouble before departure.

Your pet carrier should also be versatile, so you can walk, ride, and carry your pet with you from place to place. We recommend pet carriers with rolling wheels similar to the ones you see on luggage cases. It will allow you flexibility when walking and riding with your pet.

Different Countries Have Different Rules

If you are traveling across borders, then you have to check the rules of your destination before flying with your dog. If you are traveling from the United States, you can search for your destination country's requirements online. Many countries might require different vaccines, health certificates, pet passports, or declarations before entering the country.

First Aid Kit and Essentials

Make sure you pack your pup a care bag before your trip. You need to include copies of their rabies shot records and health declaration forms. You should also include medicine for motion sickness, antibiotic ointment, gauze, towels, wipes, and a collapsible food water dish. You might want to include a few of your dog's favorite treats, a toy, and a small amount of food. Keep the number of a close family member just in case something happens.

It is important to bring along an item of comfort for your pup. This might be their favorite blanket or toy. It will have the smell of home, which will help keep your pets calm during transit.

Train Your Dog

This goes without saying, but make sure you train your pup to be on their best behavior. You should sign your dog up for training before you leave. You should also train them to get used to the carrier before you make the journey.

You should let your pup sit in their crate or carrier for periods of time when you are not home. This will help them get acclimated to the new environment and get settled before you board a flight. Pets should also have proper socialization, so they won't be scared of new people. If you are planning on going on a road trip, then you should allow your dog to get used to long car rides before departing.

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How Do I Travel With My Dog On An Airplane?

Check Airline Policies

Our furry friends will have many different requirements at the airport than we do. Most dogs are allowed on commercial airlines, but there will be a few extra hoops to jump through. Service animals are typically allowed in airline cabins with the proper paperwork. We recommend calling the information desk phone number to see what you need to do before your flight.

Airport Security

We know how stressful airport security can be, so imagine how your dog feels with all the noise, sights, and new smells. Some pet carriers have luggage-type wheels to wheel your pet around the airport. This will make things much easier when waiting in line at security.

Make sure that you bring an extra harness or leash so you can take your dog out of the carrier or crate for security to inspect it. You will send the carrier through the x-ray machine to be inspected. You and your dog or cat will go through security together. Once you are through, you must put your pet back into the carrier.

Cabin Or Cargo Hold?

If possible, we highly recommend flying with your dog in the cabin with you. The cargo hold is no place for a pet. We understand that sometimes it is absolutely necessary, but it can be intense and potentially dangerous for your animals.

The best place for them is the cabin, which puts them with their favorite human and out of harm's way. You should get an airline-approved bag for your dog to ensure it fits under the seat or in an overhead bin.

How Do I Travel With My Pet On A Road Trip?

Location in the Car

Do you know where to safely put your dog while driving in the car? The best place is in a crate or carrier that is securely fastened with a seat belt. They shouldn't be free to roam around the vehicle in case you make a sudden stop. Your dog is allowed to put their heads out the window to get some wind in their hair but never for extended periods of time. Dust and other debris can get in the dog's eyes.

Rest Stops

Always make plenty of stops while on a road trip. You need to give your dog a break and stretch their paws. You should remember to take as many bathroom breaks as possible along the road and make sure your dog is secured with a leash and harness. We recommend checking for a local dog park on your route, so your pet can play with other animals.

FAQs

Is it okay to take service dogs on a plane?

Yes, most service animals are allowed on plane cabins with their owners. We recommend checking with your airline before flying. Most service animals will need their service certification and other proper paperwork.

Can I take my dog on a cruise?

It depends on the cruise line. Most service dogs are welcome on cruises but under strict conditions. A few cruise lines have kennels for pets, but they are not allowed in cabins.

What are the rules at most airports for dogs?

Most airports require your dog to be securely in its carrier while at the airport. The only exception is when you are walking your dog in a relief area.

Summary

Most people love exploring a new place, and there's no need to let our furry friends miss out on the opportunity to accompany us. We all hate that feeling of guilt when we leave our pets at home. Traveling with your dog might be easier than you think. We hope this guide has cleared up a few things, so you and your pet can enjoy the vacation of a lifetime. Visit our store for a stylish selection of quality pet carriers that are airline and travel approved!

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