For a lot of people the idea of “getting away from it all” for a short while is enticing. But does that mean getting away from a beloved pet, too? Not necessarily. Many people bring their dogs or cats or other pets with them on vacation. Here are some things to consider when preparing for vacation!
Especially if you are going on an extended trip, bring your dog to see a vet for a check up. Make sure all their vaccinations are up to date; keep vaccination records with you. Health Certificates from a USDA-Accredited Veterinarian (click here) are required for airline travel.
It may be helpful to bring along some local or bottled water for your pet to drink while you travel, in addition to a supply of their regular food. Be sure to bring any medications they need.
Your dog or cat will do best if you have with you a crate or carrier for them. It is absolutely necessary for airline travel. Crates and carriers are available from most pet supply stores. Here are some things to consider when looking for a crate to purchase or prepare for travel:
- Large enough to allow the pet to stand, turn and lie down.
- Strong, with handles and grips, and free of interior protrusions.
- Leak-proof bottom covered with absorbent material.
- Ventilation on opposing sides, with exterior rims or knobs to prevent blocked airflow.
- “Live Animal” label, arrows upright, with owner’s name, address and phone number in case of airline travel.
- Stock the crate with a comfortable mat, your dog’s favorite toy, and a water bottle, and your dog is ready to go.
Identification is huge when it comes to keeping your pet safe. Whether or not you are traveling, your pet should be wearing identification on their collar. If your pet is lost, you want to make it easy for someone who finds them to contact you.
A collar is just the first line of defense with identification. That collar can be pulled off by an unhappy pet, accidentally removed, broken, or intentionally removed by another person. What can you do to protect your pet when there are so many ways for a collar and ID to fail? Consider getting a microchip (click here) for your pet!
A microchip provides a unique identification number on a chip under your dog’s skin that can’t be easily removed like a collar. It was thanks to microchipping that Mia was returned to her family (click here).
- Find out in advance which hotels or motels at your destination or on your route allow dogs. Many do not, or have size or breed restrictions.
- If your dog is allowed to stay at a hotel, respect other guests, staff and the property.
- Keep your dog as quiet as possible.
- Do not leave the dog unattended. Many dogs will bark or destroy property if left alone in a strange place.
- Ask the management where you should walk your dog, and pick up after him. Do not leave any mess behind.
- Remember that one bad experience with a dog guest may prompt the hotel management to refuse to allow any dogs. Be considerate of others and leave your room and the grounds in good condition.