1. Stay Up-to-Date with Vaccines
2. Take Breaks
Pets need ample time to stretch their legs and to go to the bathroom. Be sure that your pup gets lots of exercise prior to traveling—this is especially important if you have a young pet with tons of energy!
3. Don’t Overfeed Your Pet
This could cause motion sickness. Give your pet a chance to get used to riding in the car by making short practice trips that get gradually longer.
4. Bring Water & Snacks
Make sure you have plenty of fresh water, extra food and snacks handy. Factor in potential emergencies, such as car trouble.
5. Secure Your Pet
Crates work best, but if you do not have the room in your vehicle then a seat belt harness is a safe alternative. Never put your dog in the bed of a pickup truck!
6. Seek Out Pet-friendly Hotels
Remember that most hotels charge extra for rooms with pet access, so remember to include this expense in your travel budget. And NEVER leave your pet alone in a vehicle overnight, even if the windows are cracked and the car is locked.
7. Know Your Airline’s Rules
If you are flying, keep in mind that some airlines require pets to have a health certificate. It is also a good idea to clip your pet’s nails so they do not get caught in carriers. Always ask if the airline has temperature regulations to protect your pet from extreme weather while traveling in the cargo hold.
8. Microchip & ID
Always carry your pet’s current identification and health certificates in case they get lost during your travels.
9. Consider Pet Insurance
Veterinary Pet Insurance policies give you access to all licensed veterinarians worldwide, making it convenient to find emergency pet care when you’re away from home.
10. Practice “Petiquette”
To ensure a pleasant getaway with your pet, here are a few additional tips to keep in mind:
- Book a room on a ground floor near an exit for easy bathroom breaks, and always clean up after your pet.
- Ask the front desk staff for recommendations on best places to walk your dog.
- Never leave your pet unattended in your hotel room.
- Locate the closest veterinarian to your hotel.