Traveling with Your Pet

Traveling with pets, without proper planning and preparation may be a nightmare for the two of you. Depending upon your destination, the preparations are similar: have your pet examined to make sure it is healthy enough for travel, obtain the appropriate paperwork, pack for your pet’s needs, train your pet for traveling and if needed, have your pet groomed. By following these 7 tips, you and your pet can have a safe and fun trip.

1) Have your pet examined by your veterinarian; verify it’s healthy enough for traveling, that their vaccinations are current and get a Health Certificate and a Rabies certificate. Vaccinations vary from country to country so let your vet know if you’re traveling from the country. You should also find out more about the destination country as to other requirements for traveling with pets.

2) Paperwork required for traveling with pets is usually the same whether traveling by air, rail, boat or street: health & rabies certificate, vaccination history and occasionally; proof of ownership.

Ensure that your pet has a collar (check it for wear and fit) with ID and rabies tags on it. Don’t wait until you are ready to get in the car to teach your cat to wear a collar.

Don’t feed your pet a complete meal before leaving; a small meal a few hours before the trip is better for them.

5) Start training your furry friend to travel about a month before your trip. Obtain a travel cage or crate; let them smell it, go in and out of it on their own for while, then start shutting them inside for longer and longer amounts of time. A word of advice ; just let them out when they’re calm and ac-cepting of the cage. If you let them out while they are agitated, you are only teaching them to misbehave in it. You cannot expect your pet that has never left the comfort of its home to recognize that the noisy, smelly box (car) you just stuck them in, is safe.

6) When traveling with pets, call ahead to make sure your destination permits pets, more and more hotels/motels are accommodating pets. Research where you are going to stop every two or three hours to rest, exercise,  Wildlife Control Service Fort Lauderdale and water your pet.

7) Traveling with your pet requires some extra forethought, planning and packaging, but the reward is a secure, healthy and fun trip for both you and your pet. Have a terrific time!

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