Tips for Safe Travel With Your Pet



Summer is officially here, which means it’s time for family vacations. Traveling with your furry family members sometimes requires extra care and consideration. Check out these tips to help you prepare for a safe and fun vacation for everyone.

• When traveling by car, crating your pet is the safest option so that the driver is not easily distracted.

• When crating your pet for a car ride, make sure he has had plenty of exercise beforehand, and it’s best not to begin the ride with a full bladder. That goes for you and your pet.

• Make sure there are no safety hazards inside the crate, such as leashes or loose collars that could entangle him.

• Be prepared for pit stops to give your pet some exercise.

• Never leave your pet in the car alone. Temperatures inside a car can be up to 20 degrees hotter than the temperature outside.

• Avoid air travel with your pet if possible (due to the hazards of cargo travel for pets), but if you must travel by air, be sure to check the airline’s website or call ahead so that you have all the necessary paperwork, such as health certificates and that your pet crate meets the airlines requirements.

• Check your hotel’s pet policy and read the fine print. Some hotels have a pet weight limit or require pet deposits before checking in.

• When you reach your destination, give your pet time to get used to the new surroundings.