Taking Fido on Vacation

Traveling with pets, without appropriate planning and preparation may be a nightmare for the two of you. Depending upon your destination, the preparations are similar: have your pet examined to make sure it’s healthy enough for travel, obtain the appropriate paperwork, pack for your pet’s needs, train your pet for travel and when necessary, have your pet groomed.

1) Have your pet examined by your veterinarian; confirm it’s healthy enough for traveling, that their vaccinations are current and get a Health Certificate and a Rabies certificate. Vaccinations differ from country to country so let your vet know if you’re traveling from the country. You should also find out more about the destination country as to other requirements for traveling with pets.

2) Paperwork required for traveling with pets is generally the same if traveling by air, rail, boat or street: health & rabies certificate, Critter Control Cost, vaccination history and occasionally; evidence of ownership.

Ensure that your pet has a collar (check it for fit and wear) with ID and rabies tags on it.

Do not feed your pet a complete meal before leaving; a small meal a few hours before the trip is better for them.

5) Start training your furry friend to travel about a month prior to your trip. Obtain a travel cage or crate; let them smell it, go in and out of it on their own for some time, then begin finishing them inside for longer and longer amounts of time. A word of advice just let them out when they’re composed and ac-cepting of this cage. Should you let them out while they’re agitated, you are only teaching them to misbehave inside. You can’t expect your pet that has never left the comfort of its house to recognize that the noisy, smelly box (car) you just stuck them is secure.

6) When traveling with pets, call ahead to make sure your destination permits pets, an increasing number of hotels/motels are adapting pets. Research where you are going to stop every two or three hours to rest, water and exercise your pet.

7) Traveling with your pet needs some excess forethought, planning and packaging, but the reward is a secure, healthy and fun trip for both you and your pet. Have a terrific time!

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