As summer heats up, more and more Americans are getting out of town. In fact, over half of American families plan on taking a vacation, according to Rasmussen Reports, and not surprisingly, pet parents are bringing their furry best friends along for the ride!
Whether you’re traveling by plane, train or automobile, bringing a pet requires preparation and some special TLC. Healthy Paws Pet Insurance – the #1 customer-rated provider of health insurance for dogs and cats – has compiled the five tips for happy and healthy pet travel scenarios:
Check if your pup or cat is allowed on your mode of transportation, as well as where you’re going.
- Train: You can take a small dog or cat on Amtrak for a fee.
- Plane: Air travel requires your pet to have a certificate of health and proof they are up-to-date on rabies vaccinations.
- Boat: Most cruises only allow registered service animals on board.
- Destinations: National parks allow leashed dogs and cats with restrictions.
- Accommodations: Luxury hotels offer special accommodations, so your pets can vacation in style.
Don’t medicate your pets before placing them in a cargo hold.
- These areas are very cold, and medications make it difficult for your pets to adjust body temperature
Evaluate your dog or cat before hitting the road.
- Some pets cannot handle travel because of illness, injury, age or temperament
Even though you’re on vacation, maintain those same routines.
- Provide regular walks, don’t change their diet, keep plenty of fresh water out, and bring their favorite toys.