WOOF! 11 tips for summer traveling with your ‘fur-ever’ friend

Traveling with a pet this summer?
Here are some tips to make it easier for you and your best friend:

1. Consider a microchip!

If your dog or cat is separated from you, a shelter or a veterinarian can read the chip, and they can then track you down through a worldwide database.

2. Plan ahead

Plan ahead as airlines and hotels may limit the number of pets.

3. Visit the veterinarian

Visit your veterinarian before going on a trip to check if they’re healthy enough for the adventure, and check that their vaccinations are up to date.

4. Get a health certificate from your vet

Many states require an up-to-date medical certificate, which shows your pet is healthy to travel and therefore presents no risk of passing any disease to other animals or humans. You might be asked for this certificate at some hotels when checking in with your pet.

5. Get a crate

Get a pet crate or carrier to keep your pet safe during the trip. Get a crate early and get your pet used to it. 

6. Don’t leave your pet alone!

When left alone, your pet will try to find you, and could get lost. 

7. Bring water and food

If traveling by car, be prepared by having a supply of water and food. 

8. Consider the weather

When possible, try traveling when it’s cooler. For example, traveling by car in the early morning or evening.

9. Pet policies

Call your hotel and ask them about their hotel pet policies. 

10. Pet services

Research pet services in your destination. Find the nearest veterinarian. Find the nearest dog parks and pet friendly restaurants. 

11. Keep a normal schedule

When traveling, keep your pet on their normal schedule by feeding them and taking them for their walk as close to the regular time as possible.