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dogHave you ever thought about going on vacation but you’re concerned about what to do with your pet?  How about taking your pet with you?

It is estimated around 85% of pet owners travel with their pets by car. If you’re planning to take your pet with you on trips in the car, start early when the pet is young so they get used to the routine.   Short jaunts across town and back, or easy day trips, will get your pet used to the ride.  A carsick pet can make the trip miserable for everyone.

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A seat upholstery protector, such as a pet hammock or waterproof seat cover will make clean-ups easier in case your pet does get sick or has an accident.

Be sure to bring along cleaning supplies to avoid having to search out a place to purchase them at the last minute.

If you are going to be riding on buses or trains you need to check the state and local restrictions. Some prohibit pets from riding on buses or trains unless they are assisting visually impaired or physically challenged persons. Always check in advance with these transportation providers to find out what regulations they may impose.

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Before you travel with your pet, check with your veterinarian to make sure your pet is physically able to make the trip. Some senior or physically impaired dogs and cats do not travel well. You may want to consider a local, reputable kennel for your pet, or if your pet is would be more comfortable at home, you may want to contact a pet sitting organization to locate a pet sitter in your area who can take care of your pet in its own, familiar surroundings.

If you decide that your pet is able to take the trip there are still a number of things to consider.

international travel

Traveling with pets internationally can be much more challenging than domestic travel with pets because of long waiting periods, quarantine requirements and other importation regulations. If you are considering traveling internationally with your pet, it’s important to begin planning way ahead of your intended time of travel. Proper planning will help better prepare you and your pet for the trip, lessen the stress on both of you and provide realistic expectations of international pet travel.

Here are a few things you should think about:

  1. What types of airline restrictions do you have for international pet travel?
  2. Do you limit the number of pets allowed in cargo and in the cabin?
  3. Are certain breeds of pets not permitted or not advised to travel internationally?
  4. What are the container requirements?
  5. Will my pet have to change planes?
  6. Will my pet be able to relieve himself somewhere if it is a long flight?
  7. When and where should I drop off my pet?
  8. What documents will I need to transport my pet?
  9. Where will my pet clear customs?

pet travel

What do you do if your pet needs emergency care, at home or while you are away? What if your pet gets lost or even worst, what if there is a disaster in your area?  You will need to find resources for all of these issues.

We can help you find answers to these and other issues.  If you have suggestions you have used for your animals, please post them so that other pet owners can learn from your experience.

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6 Responses to “Have Fun With Your Pet Anywhere in the World”

  • Anton Adhami says:

    -., I am very thankful to this topic because it really gives great information ;:;

  • Loran says:

    Good article! Good advice!

  • Damien says:

    As a vet it is good to know about this resource. I can also refer this information to other vets and clients. I also realize I have a new group I be can added to, which I am not currently on. You do great work for everyone, everywhere.

  • Janine says:

    Don’t forget…you’ll need to reserve a pet-friendly hotel room. Vist PAW: Pet-friendly Accommodations Worldwide at http://www.luxurypaw.com to reserve your pet-friendly hotel.

  • Jim says:

    This is wonderful!!!! Thank you for sending this out. We need more people to share helpful things for pet owners.

    • Sonya says:

      I agree. This is timely since my family wants to plan a vacation this summer. We have two large dogs and hate to leave them at home because they don’t do well at the kennel. This is very helpful. Thanks again. I will send your link to everyone in my database. You never know when this can come in handy for someone.

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