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Pet Travel Tips for a Pet Friendly Vacation
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Does the thought of traveling with your pet have you running to the nearest pet boarding house?

Traveling with your pet may seem like a huge hassle and a lot of work, especially if you have never tried it before.

Whether you are flying, driving, staying at a friend’s, or at a pet friendly hotel be sure to follow these 5 tips and tricks to ensure a pet friendly vacation.

1. Go to the Veterinarian beforehand.

- Make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up to date, especially in the case of foreign travel.

- Ask your vet for updated health certificates as you will need them to board your pet or travel across state Puppy and Kittenlines.

- Talk to your vet about safe options for sedatives or meds for motion sickness during transport.

2. Bring familiar food and toys.

- Bring your pet’s regular food and treats along. Domesticated animals have a challenging time adjusting to new foods because they are typically not introduced to new variations. Bring enough pet food to last the entire trip to prevent upset stomachs.

- Pets get homesick too, pack a favorite toy to help calm your pup or kitten’s nerves when in an unfamiliar environment.

- Make your pet feel at home by packing their special bedding. The familiar scent of home will comfort them.

3. Make a Pet First Aid Kit.

- Hope for the best, plan for the worst. Bring a first aid kit just in case, you can buy an already made kit or create your own.

- Pet First Aid Kit should include: gauze, tape, antiseptic wipes, blanket, ice pack, non-latex disposable gloves, tweezers, thermometer, hydrogen peroxide, eyedroppers, and bottled water.

4. Fully prepare your pet carrier.

- Make sure your name, phone number, and email are clearly labeled on the carrier.

- Get your pet used to the carrier before your trip.Mother and daughters in park with dog smiling

- Before placing your pet in the carrier, attach the pet’s collar and leash to avoid a struggle at the airport or rest stop.

- Make sure the carrier is plastic and have a solid, leak-proof floor. Add a towel or puppy pad in case of accidents.

- The carrier should be large enough for the pet to stand up and turn around.

5. Be sure your accommodations are pet friendly.

- It’s better to be safe than sorry. Call ahead of time to see if your hotel accommodations accept pets and ask if there is a pet fee.

- Let the pet friendly hotel how many pets you are traveling with and how big they are.Golden Retriever

- Check to see if it there is pet-sitting while you are out or if you need to take your pet with you. Most pet friendly hotels do not allow pets to stay in the rooms unattended.

You might feel overwhelmed at the idea of traveling with your pet, but it is all part of being a pet owner! Just think of the fantastic memories you’ll be making with your pet on vacation.  Has your pet ever ruined a vacation for you? Share in the comments below!

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16 Responses to Pet Travel Tips for a Pet Friendly Vacation

  1. Kimberly Heinen Says:

    When I travel I always board my dog… But have my friend come check on my cat… She is not really a people liker! Haha… She hides from my friend and hisses at her… Lol and then when I get home she hides from me for a few days to “punish” me lol


    January 13, 2014
  2. Michele Morrison Says:

    One time when we took our dog Shelby camping she was very excited to see deer. She got so excited that she broke her chain to go play with them. Thankfully she had been tangled between trees. I had to go a stronger chain for her.


    January 13, 2014
  3. Rebekah Harris Says:

    We had to take our five cats to a hotel in town when our air conditioner broke last summer. I was worried about them, but they did pretty well.


    January 13, 2014
  4. Sara McAllister Says:

    When moving across country, I drove with my large dog and 2 cats. We left Rhode Island and arrived in California 6 days later. It went so smoothly for the first four nights but night five, something spooked one of the kitties, Pip, and she ended up getting up inside of the box spring on the bed! We had to lift the entire bed, climb under, and coax her out! It was a rough morning!!


    January 13, 2014
  5. Jessica Altman-Pollack Says:

    We did a road trip with our pug through Utah and our truck broke down. She was so patient and spent the days with us waiting for our rental car in and out of mechanic shops and pet-friendly hotels. We didn’t reach our destination on that trip, but we certainly made the most of it!


    January 13, 2014
  6. Wendy Killion Says:

    My kids and I decided to take our dog Sammy with us on vacation up to Big Bear. Sammy was used to little car drives around town, but this was her first long trip. Who knew that even dogs could get car sick, our poor Sammy threw up 5 times on the way up the mountain, we even had to pull over and let her take a break and get some fresh air. Luckily the vet said I could give her a small dose of dramamine and the ride home back down the mountain wasn’t messy.


    January 13, 2014
  7. Lara Says:

    My worst experience was taking our dogs camping. As soon as I got them on the leash to take for walk (Max, a yellow lab and Ruby, a golden retriever) they took off in opposite directions causing me to trip on a rock, falling on my face and they dragged me;( it took a few feet to regain control. Now my one of two jeans I packed was covered in dirt!


    January 13, 2014
  8. Karen Terry Says:

    She barked so loudly when the maid knocked, that the maid would not enter the room and clean it even though our German Shepard was crated.


    January 14, 2014
  9. Shelly Goguen Says:

    My cats are pretty good when we travel. I would say the worst is that they sometimes get sick while we’re gone – I think they really miss us!


    January 14, 2014
  10. joseph michael Says:

    my pooch and best friend and companion travels with me wherever I go, sometimes its hard because not every hotel allows or is dog friendly, so awesome to know that Ayres loves and welcomes pets.


    January 14, 2014
  11. Lisa L Says:

    One time my poor dog ate something she shouldn’t have and was sick the entire trip!


    January 14, 2014
  12. joseph michael Says:

    When my English Bulldog diva Chanel travels with me I make sure to request a downstairs room, I make sure to always take her crate and blanket with us, and her bowl for food and water, I bring doggie mats and place them around her food bowls and around her crate to help prevent a mess on the hotel carpet. Another thing that is also great and helps sooth my dog is putting her crate in a corner of the room far end from the door so that she is not able to hear people walking in hallway, I put a towel over her crate when its nap time and I make sure to take plastic bags for when she goes potty.


    January 16, 2014
  13. joseph michael Says:

    LET ME TRY THIS AGAIN, WORST BEHAVIOR FOR CHANEL I WOULD HAVE TO SAY IT HAPPEN AT THE MANDALAY BAY HOTEL IN LAS VEGAS, MY POOR LIL CHANEL COULD NOT HOLD IT IN ANY LONGER, WE HAD JUST GOT OFF ELEVATOR AND RIGHT IN THE ENTRY WAY OF THE HOTEL SHE WENT POOP AND TINKLED I WAS MORTIFIED AND IMMEDIATELY PICKED UP POOP WITH THE BAGGIES I CARRY BUT HAD TO RUN TO NEAREST BATHROOM TO GRAB PAPER TOWELS AND WIPE THE WET SPOT.


    January 16, 2014
  14. Heather Toller Says:

    It ruins my vacation when I can’t take my pet!


    January 16, 2014
  15. Noelle Says:

    When our puppy got carsick after a 15 hour ride. He did not do too well in the car, he howled the entire time. Super long trip :)


    January 16, 2014
  16. Janette Deveze Says:

    When we go on vacation without our dog she try’s to get out and find us. One weekend we went to the mountains and when we got home she was gone. She came home at three in the morning and we were so relieved but that was an awful experience.


    January 29, 2014

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