Whether it’s for business or pleasure, traveling is usually an enjoyable way to break your routine. However, if being too far from your four-legged family member would cause a bit of travel anxiety, you may want to bring him, too. Traveling with pets can be a hassle and stressful for both you and Fido or Fluffy. By following these simple safety tips when traveling with your pet, you and your furry friend should have an untroubled trip.

Safety Tips When Traveling with Your Pet

  • Flight

It’s important to know your individual flight’s requirements for pets before you book. Some flights require you to visit the vet within 10 days of your flight and present the records to the airline before traveling. When flying with pets, it’s best to do so when flights are less crowded, such as late night, early morning flights, or a week before the holidays. Because some pet breeds (pugs and bulldogs) are extremely susceptible to lack of oxygen at high altitudes, it’s important to only fly in extreme circumstances. Look into alternative means of travel before booking a flight.

  • Car Travel

Driving your car may be the best way to travel with your furry friend. It’s important to make sure your pet is either crated or in a carrier during your trip. The car can be too stimulating for him. Additionally, a free roaming pet can cause a distraction for you. When traveling by car, it’s important to stop frequently to allow your pet to do his business and stretch his legs. Traveling with a friend would give you someone to share pet duty. Remember not to leave your pet alone in the car.

  • Boat/Ship/Train

If you’re going on a cruise or taking Amtrak, make sure your pet is welcome on board. Most cruise lines only allow service pets on board and certification must be shown before access will be permitted.  Presently, Amtrak doesn’t allow non- service pets.

  • Keeping Your Pet Safe

Before traveling via any transportation, make sure your pet’s ID is up to date. Ensure that in case of an emergency, someone will be able to reunite you with your pet.

For more safety tips when traveling with your pet, check out The Humane Society’s Travel Tips

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