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Tips For Traveling With Your Pet

Now is the time when people are traveling a lot more due to summer break and time off! If you want your family pet to be included in your travel plans, here are a few tips for a successful trip.

Firstly, know where you are going and what regulations that specific destination state/country has for importing animals. If you are planning to take your pet on an international trip some countries require specific tests that may take some time to get back-so give yourself that time and get your plans started as early as possible. Another thing to know, is that for most international locations, an accredited veterinarian has to examine and write the health certificate. So, finding a hospital who has an accredited veterinarian is important. Here at Clinton Vet, Dr. Santelli is accredited. Also, not a lot of people know this, but some states even require certain vaccines/preventatives before a pet can travel to that location. These health certificates state that your pet is healthy enough to travel, up to date on vaccines and will not carry diseases into another area.

Secondly, if you are flying with your pet, contact the airline you are flying with and make sure you have everything in place for your pet. They may require extra fees or a specific regulated carrier for your pet to be in if they are flying with you in cabin. They also have certain weight restrictions for animals in cabin so make sure you are aware of that weight regulation. Make sure any carrier or container your pet travels in, is clearly marked with your information and your pets information. This will help prevent any mistakes or lost pets. Also, making sure your animal has an updated ID tag/collar will help as well. If you are driving with your pet, make sure to make frequent stops to allow your animals relief and time to get out and walk around.  For our feline friends, sometimes having a medium dog crate with enough space for blankets, a small litter box and some food/water allows your cat to have the space they need and reduces anxiety. This leads us to the third tip, how to help the anxious pet when traveling.

Anxiety. We all know sometimes traveling with our pets can cause them great anxiety. Which is why knowing and anticipating this stress allows you to plan accordingly. There are things such as calming treats, pheromone or stress sprays/collars and thunder shirts which are all great components to help combat stress. Also, if you know a long trip in the car is coming up, taking your pet on small frequent trips can help de-sensitize them to the car rides. But in the end, if all that isn’t enough, you can talk to your veterinarian about mild sedatives or other medications that may help your pet. Each animal is different so not every sedative or medication would work for every animal, which is why having that exam and conversation with your veterinarian is important. Overall, we are trying to make sure your trip with your pet is as safe and comfortable as possible!

A link is provided for you to browse through if you have any more questions about pet travel: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel

Plane and car safety tips for animals: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/travel-safety-tips