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Traveling with a pet is a rewarding experience,
yet it is important to keep in mind that a little
preparation can go a long way toward keeping
animals comfortable on the road.
In addition to searching for pet-friendly
lodging and transportation options, pet
owners will want to plan ahead for their
animal’s potential needs.
Whether a person is traveling by train, plane or
automobile, these tips will cover everything
necessary to ensure smooth travels with one’s
One of the first stops before embarking
on an adventure with a pet should
always be the veterinarian’s office.
At this appointment, not only can a
thorough check up and vaccinations be
performed to ensure pets are healthy
enough to travel…
… but veterinarians can also provide a
few safety pointers that are specific to
animal type and breed.
Dogs can sometimes travel in a car without a carrier,
but they should still be provided with a pet barrier or
seat belt designed for their size to keep them secure.
Cats will likely need a carrier in the
car, as will smaller pets.
Those who will be flying should
check with the airline for specific
DOUBLE UP ON IDS
Despite the utmost of care, it is possible for the
unimaginable to happen and a pet get lost.
For peace of mind, make sure
to place an additional updated
identification tag with the
address and phone number of
hotels and other forms of
lodging on the pet’s collar.
Then, add an ID tag to the
carrier and any other pet
accessories as well.
A TRIAL RUN
Some animals take to travel as if it is a normal
part of their lives. However, others may display
behavior that is quite different from their usual
If possible, pet owners should take a few shorter
trips that can help acclimate their pet to the
form of transportation that will be used as well
as their carrier.
This can help to identify any potential
issues before they arise on a longer trip.
If a trip will involve going to another country or state with
a different climate, it is important to plan accordingly.
For example, smaller, short-haired pets may require a sweater
in a colder climate, and thick-haired dogs may need to be
trimmed at the groomer's before heading to a warm or
A COMFORT ITEM
Traveling to a new locale can cause some animals to
be anxious or even depressed.
A favorite toy or blanket can help to ease their anxiety
and provide a source of entertainment while away.
Those who are traveling by land should plan for occasional
pit stops that will provide an opportunity for their pet to
take a bathroom break or just run off some energy.
Ideally, these breaks should be planned for at least every
two to three hours, and animals should never be left alone
in cars so even a restaurant can provide a chance to let a
With a little preparation, pet owners and
their animal companions will know what to
expect when the big day arrives.
Once the bags are packed and the pet is
secured, it is important to relax and enjoy
the traveling adventure.
Remember that pets look to their owners
to assess how to react to a new situation,
and having confidence will ensure that
everyone enjoys the trip.
Are you thinking about getting a
beautiful portrait of your pet?
An artist by profession, Miri's
paintings make a lasting keepsake
of your furry or feathered friend.
For more info, please visit
Custom Pet Portraits by Miri at