|Schedule a visit with your veterinarian.
Inform your veterinarian where you will be traveling to, for how long,
as well as whether your pet will be traveling by air or car. Make
certain that all vaccinations are up to date and obtain current health
and rabies certificates no more than ten (10) days prior to your departure.
You will be required to have these if your pet is traveling by air.
These certificates are also strongly recommended if your plans do
not include air travel as you may need to board your pet unexpectedly
and many will not accept pets without these certificates. And, if
your pet does require emergency medical care, these will allow this
to take place much more quickly and without the potentially dangerous
duplication of vaccinations.
in case of Losing your Pet
Many pets become separated from their people while traveling and
often collars are not on pets when they are recovered at shelters.
Seriously consider having your pet microchipped - animal hospitals,
humane societies, kennels, and shelters nationwide are using scanners
that will read these implanted chips and let you be reunited with
your lost pet. Microchip procedures are safe, quick, inexpensive,
and very common. Your veterinarian can tell you more about this
Obtain a secure carrier for your pet
You need a sturdy, properly ventilated crate of adequate size for
your pet to stand up, turn around, and lie down in comfortably.
Knobs or a rim at least 3/4 inches deep is required so that the
ventilation will not be blocked. The crate should be free of interior
hazardous protrusions, have a door that securely latches, and have
handles or grips on the outside to prevent anyone who might need
to handle the crate from being bitten. The bottom should be leak
proof and covered with a towel or other absorbent material.
Print your pet's name and your name, address, and phone number for
both your home and destination on the outside of the crate with
permanent marker. Include your personal 800 number if you have one
or the words "call collect".
Never put a leash in the crate as your pet could get tangled in
Make sure your pet is accustomed to the crate before you begin your
Verify that your pet's tags are current.
Your pet should wear a secure collar at all times with tags showing
proof of rabies vaccination and your name, address, and phone number
in case your pet becomes separated. Make a set of temporary paper
tags with the address and phone number at your destination.
Never allow your pet to wear a choke, pinch, or training collar
Safety collars, which attach with elastic or Velcro, are recommended
Before you leave
Clip your pet's nails. Pets with freshly-trimmed nails will be less
likely to damage items in strange surroundings and will be easier
to restrain if necessary.
Brush your pet to remove all loose hair.
If your pet has fleas, obtain and complete the necessary treatment
before traveling to avoid infesting its new surroundings.
Things to bring
• A sturdy leash.
• An extra collar.
• An old blanket or sheet for the back seat of your car or
wherever the pet's carrier will be secured to make cleanup easier.
• Two old sheets to cover bedding and furniture at your destination.
• Some of your pet's bedding.
• Food. If you do not feed a brand you are certain will be
available at your destination and along the way, bring enough for
the whole trip. If you feed canned, bring a can opener and spoon.
• Two gallons of extra drinking water from home. When you
are down to the last half gallon, begin mixing in equal parts with
the water supply at your destination. If your pet is especially
sensitive, use distilled water.
• Food & water bowl set.
• Portable water bowl or bottle for use when away from your
• Toys or chew items.
• All required medications, supplements, and preventatives.
• Tweezers to remove foreign objects from fur or paws.
• Brush or comb.
• Lint and hair remover.
• Baby wipes or moist towelettes to wipe off paws.
• For cats, a full litter pan with extra litter, liners, and
newspaper to place underneath for cats.
• Waste removal bags.
• Old towels, carpet cleaner, disinfectant spray, and trash
bags for accidents.
• First aid kit.
• Flashlight for nighttime walks.
While you're traveling
Keep fresh water available for your pet at all times. Avoid sudden
changes of diet. If you are unable to obtain your pet's normal brand,
switch gradually over to the new food over a period of four or more
days. Clean your pet's food and water bowls out regularly with soap.
Never take your pet on an escalator unless it is securely in its
crate as its claws or fur could become caught.
Obey all leash laws and make certain to keep your pet on a leash
or in a carrier at all times when not securely in a room. Clean
up after your pet.
Never give your pet sedatives or tranquilizers unless under a veterinarian's
prescription. Such medications can interfere with your pet's ability
to maintain its balance and equilibrium, which could prevent your
pet from being able to brace itself and prevent injury. Air travel
while under the influence of these medications is especially dangerous
as exposure to increased altitude can cause respiratory and cardiovascular