Bon Voyage! Tips for Traveling With Pets

By Dini McGregor, DVM, Pilchuck’s Companion Animal Emergency Department

The key to having a good experience when traveling with pets is to plan ahead. Some tips to consider:

Make sure you have all the supplies you might need for your pet. Pack any medications, and record the phone numbers of your veterinarian as well as veterinary hospitals/emergency clinics in the areas you will be passing through or staying.

Have a listing of current medications your pet is taking (including dosages) so that a veterinarian can more quickly become familiar with your pet’s needs.

If hiking or taking long walks, a simple first aid kit for your pet is important. If you will be in areas with rattlesnakes, make sure you are prepared if your pet comes into contact with one. If your pet has allergies to bees or insects, speak with your veterinarian about dosages or recommendations for antihistamines or anti-inflammatories.

If you are traveling through states or areas that have heartworm disease or other parasites, put your pet on heartworm preventative before you leave.

There are many pet-friendly hotels and motels. Plan ahead and reserve rooms that allow pets. Don’t assume all hotels are pet-friendly.

Plan extra time when driving with your pets. They need exercise and water breaks. Do not leave them in cars for any length of time when traveling in the summer, as they can become overheated very quickly. Carry plenty of water.

If you are flying, you will especially need to plan ahead. Pets must have health certificates when flying. This means that their vaccinations also need to be current. A health certificate needs to be done by your veterinarian within 10 days of departure. You will need an address of where you are going in order for a health certificate to be completed.

If traveling to another country, there are often many requirements to complete, so planning ahead is essential. Some countries can take months of testing and documentation to complete. You will be sadly disappointed if you show up a week before your trip to find out that your pet can’t go because you didn’t complete the legwork for his or her part of the trip.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, be sure your travel plans will be appropriate for bringing your pet. Consider your pet’s health along with his or her stress levels when away from familiar surroundings. If you are going to be in places where you will be leaving your pet alone for long periods in an unfamiliar area, you may be better off finding a pet-sitter or a good boarding facility where your pet will be entertained and catered to. Simply: Some trips are better for pets than others.

For companion animal appointments, call Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital at 360.568.3113.

For 24-hour emergency care, call 360.568.9111.

   

 

Bon Voyage! Tips for Traveling With Pets

By Dini McGregor, DVM, Pilchuck’s Companion Animal Emergency Department

 

The key to having a good experience when traveling with pets is to plan ahead. Some tips to consider:

Make sure you have all the supplies you might need for your pet. Pack any medications, and record the phone numbers of your veterinarian as well as veterinary hospitals/emergency clinics in the areas you will be passing through or staying.

 

Have a listing of current medications your pet is taking (including dosages) so that a veterinarian can more quickly become familiar with your pet’s needs.

 

If hiking or taking long walks, a simple first aid kit for your pet is important. If you will be in areas with rattlesnakes, make sure you are prepared if your pet comes into contact with one. If your pet has allergies to bees or insects, speak with your veterinarian about dosages or recommendations for antihistamines or anti-inflammatories.

 

If you are traveling through states or areas that have heartworm disease or other parasites, put your pet on heartworm preventative before you leave.

 

There are many pet-friendly hotels and motels. Plan ahead and reserve rooms that allow pets. Don’t assume all hotels are pet-friendly.

 

Plan extra time when driving with your pets. They need exercise and water breaks. Do not leave them in cars for any length of time when traveling in the summer, as they can become overheated very quickly. Carry plenty of water.

 

If you are flying, you will especially need to plan ahead. Pets must have health certificates when flying. This means that their vaccinations also need to be current. A health certificate needs to be done by your veterinarian within 10 days of departure. You will need an address of where you are going in order for a health certificate to be completed.

 

If traveling to another country, there are often many requirements to complete, so planning ahead is essential. Some countries can take months of testing and documentation to complete. You will be sadly disappointed if you show up a week before your trip to find out that your pet can’t go because you didn’t complete the legwork for his or her part of the trip.

 

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, be sure your travel plans will be appropriate for bringing your pet. Consider your pet’s health along with his or her stress levels when away from familiar surroundings. If you are going to be in places where you will be leaving your pet alone for long periods in an unfamiliar area, you may be better off finding a pet-sitter or a good boarding facility where your pet will be entertained and catered to. Simply: Some trips are better for pets than others.

 

For companion animal appointments, call Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital at 360.568.3113.

For 24-hour emergency care, call 360.568.9111.

  

 

The key to having a good experience when traveling with pets is to plan ahead.