Summer is just around the corner, and for many of us, this means it’s vacation time! If you are planning on taking your pet on a trip, here are some tips to help you prepare for the journey:

  1. Talk to your vet- Be sure to ask your vet if your pet is healthy enough for travel. Give them details such as how long the trip will be, where you plan on staying, and any activities you want your pet to take part in.
  2. Microchip your pet- In the event that your pet gets lost while on your trip, it is important that your pet has all of their information readily available to anyone who might come across them (it is also a good idea to keep ID tags on their collar).
  3. Know where you’re staying- Call ahead to make sure your accommodations allow your type of pet in their establishment. Many hotels won’t allow pets or will charge you extra to keep your furry friend in your room with you.
  4. Check the weather- if you are travelling to a different climate, take this into account when preparing for the journey. The temperature may be hotter or colder than your pet is used to, and the precipitation and humidity levels may vary. Talk to your vet about the best way to keep your pet comfortable in the new environment.
  5. Learn how to fly- If you are flying with your pet, learn your airline’s regulations for species allowed, carrier specifications, and vaccinations required. Check to see if a health certificate is required.
  6. Prepare for accidents- Bring cleaning supplies and extra bedding for your pet in case they have an accident or spill something in their cage. Leaving a mess in their crate will result in an uncomfortable pet who won’t be much fun on the road!
  7. Bring plenty of water- Travel can be stressful on a pet, so be sure they stay well hydrated on the journey.
  8. Make a food schedule- Before you leave, discuss feeding with your vet, as some pets may not eat due to stress or may get sick while traveling.
  9. Keep an eye on your pet- Remember that your pet is in an unfamiliar place and should be watched and kept on a leash at all times when in an unenclosed area.
  10. Have fun!- This is a vacation for both you and your pet, so make sure they enjoy it just as much as you do! Include them in activities and be sure to spend quality time with them because there’s no place they’d rather be than by your side.
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