Whether it’s just a trip to grandma’s house or somewhere faraway, traveling with your dog can be stressful. Planning and making sure to do everything you can to help them travel safely will make you both enjoy a happier, smoother journey together.
In recognition of Pet Travel Safety Day, we’re sharing 5 pet travel safety tips, so no matter when you travel next, you will be prepared!
Making sure your dog is healthy before your trip is essential. Some places, especially airlines, will require your dog to be up-to-date on their vaccines and will need a copy of a recent health certificate. You will want to be sure your dog doesn’t have any health issues that could be affected by traveling as well. For especially anxious dogs, you should speak with your veterinarian for anything that can be provided to help them relax.
Just like some of us, our dogs can feel restless and unsure about going to a new place or being in a vehicle for long periods of time. You can help your dog feel more relaxed by providing them with something familiar, like their favorite blanket or toy, and getting them used to car rides ahead of time. If they will be traveling in a plane, check that everything complies with TSA guidelines and the specific airline you are flying. Ensuring your dog is comfortable before you leave will make the trip much easier.
No matter how you are traveling, making sure your dog is not able to freely move around, knock into, or get stuck on something will create the safest trip for both of you.
Hydration is important, especially if you’re traveling when it’s hot outside. Keep a water dish secured to your dog’s crate and, if possible, plan for short breaks for your dog to relieve themselves. Freezing a dish of water can be helpful during a long car or plane trip as it won’t spill as easily and your dog will be able to drink it as it defrosts.
You pack a suitcase for yourself when you go on a trip and if your dog comes, they need one, too! Pack a separate bag that includes items for your dog such as their leash, harness, collar, food, and any medication or first aid they might need.
Don’t underestimate the power of a good checklist. Use the checklist we created below to help you make sure your dog has everything they need before departing. The blank spaces can be filled with any additional items you need to add.
Right click on the list and save the file to your computer to print it.
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