There is something heart-warming about my pup’s large brown eyes and wagging tail. No matter how busy my day is, just one look at her instantly makes my worries disappear. For work, I have to constantly be traveling and meeting with clients and vendors so it would be ideal to travel with my fuzzy companion to ease my day. However, traveling with a pet is not always so simple. Having to tote them around as well as all of my luggage or having to make sure they are fed and taken care at the same time as I have to do work takes a lot of time. Traveling with your pet can be fun and if planned accordingly, an easy process.
Before you set out on your trip, make sure to check with airplane or train regulations as far as traveling with a pet. Most importantly, make sure your pet is up-to-date on all vaccinations needed. You can also apply flea repellent and get any medications as needed to keep your pet healthy. Your vet must also issue a health certificate ensuring your pet’s safety to travel abroad.
Some airline carriers allow your pup to ride with you aboard the plane, however, based on size, they have may have to ride in cargo. It’s important to remember that dogs are not allowed to fly into Hawaii on some airlines because of quarantine restrictions. Again, check with airlines regarding specific carrier sizes for your pet and ensure you get one that allows your pet enough wiggle room to ride comfortably in for a long period of time. You can get an approved travel crate from a pet store or the airport. They should have handles to be carried easily to and fro and must have ample space for your pet to move around in. If possible, purchase this crate ahead of time to introduce it to your pup.
It’s important to note the temperature when traveling with your pet. According to The American Veterinary Medical Association, consider taking pets on early flights in warm weather and midday flights during colder months. In cases of harsh weather, some airlines may prevent dogs from flying in the cargo area.
- Dog collar
- Identification tags
- Extra money for hotel damage deposit (in case you have a mini-Marley on your hands)