6 Summer Vacation Tips for Traveling with a Pet

July 30th 2018

Bringing your four-legged family member on summer vacation adds to the fun so here are some tips on how to create a smooth pet-friendly travel plan.


Research dog and cat friendly vacation spots and hotels

More and more hotels, resorts and campgrounds are allowing pets. A quick Internet search will turn up pet-friendly accommodations.
For example, the website Pet Friendly lists places in Canada and the U.S. that welcome pets.

Travelling on an airplane

If you are taking a long-distance vacation on an airplane, familiarize yourself with the different airlines pet policies. Some allow pets in the cabin, depending on their size and other stipulations, while others only allow animals to be checked in as cargo.
Below is a list of links to airlines pet policies. Take a look and see which one suits your pet best or if you are planning to use a different airline, a quick search should turn up their pet policy.

Traveling in a car

Some pets love a car ride, while others would rather skip it. Either way, make sure they have a comfortable spot for their kennel. Having their blanket or a familiar toy available can also be comforting. Be prepared to make regular stops for bathroom breaks and to give your pet a chance to stretch out and get some exercise.

Reduce your pet’s travel anxiety

However you are traveling, if your pet tends to become anxious in new environments, in moving vehicles or on a plane there are ways to help them cope. A mild, natural calming remedy like Anzio VM or BioCalm can help your cat or dog get through the trip with reduced anxiety. Consult with your veterinarian for more information on how to keep your pet calm in transit.

Get your dog or cat’s meds well ahead of time

You will want to be sure to have a sufficient supply of your pet’s medications with you. It is always best to request these well in advance of the busy holiday season!

It's also wise to have the name of veterinary clinic in the area you plan to visit since, like people, our pets can become ill or injured when traveling and it helps to have this information handy. If you have pet insurance, check your policy’s coverage areas and remuneration plan.  

Make sure their vaccinations are up to date

Just like people, pets need to have their vaccinations up to date prior to traveling.
When travelling to the United States, be sure to take your vaccination record and you must have an updated rabies vaccine. You will also be required to have an International Health Certificate. As countries can vary regarding requirements, please check a few weeks in advance with your veterinarian regarding your pet’s particular needs.
Some airlines also have vaccination requirements. (See airline links above).
Meet with your veterinarian a few weeks before to find out what vaccinations your pet may need and make an appointment well in advance of your travel to have the vaccines administered.

Happy vacationing!

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