With Summer in full effect many of us have vacations planned whether it be to a family cabin in Tahoe or down south to the beach we must not forget about our four-legged family members who may be coming along for the ride. The same way you might prepare your kids for a trip is how we should plan for our pets in order to prevent a variety of problems that may be encountered along the way.
Most dogs seem to enjoy a nice car ride and are comfortable with travel- and even some cats- but others may become anxious and uncomfrtable when leaving the comfort of their homes. If your pet is falls under this category then it's possible a pet sitter or kennel may be the best situation for them.
Making sure your pet has the proper identification is important to have when traveling. Getting ID tags made at Petsmart or Petco with contact info as well as implanting a microchip at our office (if they don't already have one) are two ways of doing that. But remember that this type of identification is only effective if its registered with a current phone number and address.
If you plan to fly with your animal you will need a health certificate. Also if you're driving across state lines it is always a good idea to have just in case you are stopped and asked for one. We strongly recommend you contact your airline before finalizing your travel plans to confirm their specific rules and regulations for flying with your animal because every airline varies.
If you are planning on traveling internationally you will need an international health certificate signed by a USDA accredited veterinarian. It's a good idea to give us a call 3-4 months in advance before you are expected to travel so that country-specific requirements for pet travel can be arranged and met. These regulations vary greatly depending on the country and can be pretty specific. Luckily most of this information can be found online which allows you to research it long before your departure date.
Road Trip Safety and Motion Sickness
A lot of pets can handle a 5-minute car ride to the dog park or to Abc Pet Clinic, but sometimes longer trips can cause anxiety and even motion sickness. Thankfully there are ways we can help for more than just the mild symptoms we can advise a few over the counter options to try or prescribe sedatives at your next visit.
It can be tempting, especially for small dogs to let them sit on your lap while driving but this is actually quite dangerous and against the law. There are a variety of pet seat belts, carriers, car seats, and barriers on the market that will help keep your fur babies safe in the car. Below is an infographic highlighting some tips on pet travel.