Traveling and Pets

As the weather continues to warm, we all are anxious for those summer get-a-ways. Whether you are heading up North to the cabin, or going on a cross-country road trip, summer is the time for travel.

Before doing any sort of traveling with or without your pet make sure that your pet is up to date on vaccinations and parasite control. You should also microchip your pet so they have a permanent form of identification.

If you plan to leave your pets at home make sure to plan ahead. There are many options for pet care.

1. Boarding Facilities: If a boarding facility is the best option for your pet make sure to schedule in advance as these places get full very quickly.

When you pack for your pet's stay make sure to include the following:

  • Plenty of their own food, and instructions for feeding
  • Any medications they are on, and instructions for administration
  • Special bowls, blankets, and toys
  • Contact numbers for you, your veterinarian, and an alternate contact

Boarding facilities come in all shapes and sizes and it is a good idea to check out your options ahead of time. Try to show up unannounced and ask to see the boarding areas. If you are not happy with what you see, hear, and smell then keep looking.

2. Pet Sitters: Pet sitters are a great option if you prefer to keep your pets in your home while you are gone.

Pet sitters often have the option of in-home visits or in-home stays.

3. Board With Friends: If you have friends or family that like your pets this is often a good option. Just make sure to plan ahead so you know your pets will be welcome in their home. Pack the same things you would if you were boarding.

Remember that not all animals automatically get along so if your friend has their own pets it is wise to do a trial run first to make sure that everyone can cohabitate well.

If your travel plans include your pet then make sure your pet will be welcome where you are going. Plan ahead and verify accommodations for your furry friends.

Bring with you the following:

  • Medications
  • Pet First Aid Kit
  • Medical Records, including vet records and microchip info
  • Signed Health Certificate from your Veterinarian if traveling across state lines or internationally
  • A leash, harness, and kennel
  • Food and water for your trip plus enough for a few extra days
  • Bowls, litter boxes, and cat litter as needed
  • Toys and bedding as needed

When you arrive at your destination the first thing you should do is find the number of the local veterinarian and/or emergency clinic in case your pet gets injured or sick while you are traveling.

Whether your travel plans include bringing your pet along or leaving them home make sure to plan ahead so their "vacation" will be just as relaxing as yours.