Holiday Travel Tips for You and Your Dog November 18, 2015 11:06

 

With Thanksgiving and the holidays arriving soon, we wanted to give you some tips to make travel easier when your pet is along for the ride.

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Before You Go

  • Check-in with your vet to make sure your dog is healthy enough to travel and has all necessary vaccines. If you’re flying, a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection is often required. 
  • Ensure your pet tags, contact information, and microchip are up-to-date.
  • Buy a pet carrier. Your dog should be able to comfortably stand, turn around, and lie down.  Anxious dogs often are calmer travelling in carriers.

Planes

  • Do your research.  Some airlines allow a limited number of pets to travel in-cabin, so make your arrangements and pay your fee early and ensure that your dog meets weight, age, and carrier size guidelines.  If allowed, larger dogs must travel in the plane’s cargo hold.
  • Print out a copy of the airline’s pet travel policy in case you run into trouble. 

Trains

  • Amtrak currently has a pet travel pilot program until April 2015 allowing dogs and cats to travel between Chicago and Quincy in Illinois.

and Automobiles

  • Feed your dog hours before travel. Bring along your dog’s leash, water, food, bowls, and toys to make travel easier. 
  • Stop frequently (every 2-3 hours) to let your dog exercise and eliminate. Always keep your dog on a leash when she leaves the car.

At Your Destination

  • Print out a copy of the airline’s pet travel policy in case you run into trouble.  Stretch your legs and take a walk with your dog to introduce her to the new surroundings.
  • Be careful with holiday decorations. Poinsettias, holly, and mistletoe can be toxic to dogs. Metal tinsel can damage dogs’ intestines. 

Have fun with your family, friends, and pets this holiday season!