As the weather gets colder, you’re probably thinking about travelling this winter. Perhaps you’re going to somewhere like Mexico. Or perhaps you’re visiting family back East. Wherever you’re going, you probably want to take your beloved pet with you. But there are many rules and regulations that you need to follow, not to mention health concerns when travelling with your animal.

Before taking your pet travelling, make sure you take them for a check up, or a consultation with your vet. As your doctor about any concerns you might have. This is important because, however small, there are some risks. Each year, the occasional pet gets lost or dies in transit. Usually poor communication or ventilation is to blame. Thankfully this is extremely rare but you still want to prevent as much stress and harm to your pet, if at all possible.

  1. Do your research

If you’re flying, then find out which airlines are the most pet friendly. Which will treat your animal the best. Many airlines will let smaller dogs or cats fly with you in the cabin but have a limit to the number allowed in the cabin at a time. Make sure you call the airline and make reservations. You don’t want your pet to have to travel in the cargo hold if it’s not necessary.

If you’re travelling to a different country, some governments require your animal be microchipped or quarantined while others don’t. Check the rules and regulations before booking. Don’t make assumptions even if you think you know the policy.

2. Prepare Your Pet

You’ll want to ease your pet into your travel schedule. It’s a good idea to give him or her some social time before starting. If you have a dog, take him or her to a park for exercise. If you have a cat, then give them a new toy to play with.

If you’re travelling by car, then take your animal for a ride of difference lengths to get them used to it.  Make sure that you also get your pet used to your carrier by placing him inside for varying amounts of time. Double check the dimensions of the overhead luggage compartment or the space underneath the seat to ensure you get the right carrier.

Do not over feed your pet because a full stomach is not good for your pet while traveling. You don’t want them to feel sick and vomit. However, make sure your pet has enough water to last the entire trip.

3. Use Extra Caution

If at all possible, use direct flights. This will not only prevent stress, but will also lessen the chance that your pet will be lost in the shuffle, especially during the busy holiday season. If for some reason, your pet doesn’t get transferred then carry a picture of them and make sure they have tags on their collar so the staff can easily identify your pet.

We hope this has given you some ideas on how to travel with your pet during the holidays. Don’t hesitate to notify somebody if you fear mishandling of your or somebody else’s pet. Let your pet out as soon as it’s safe to do so and if you notice something wrong contact a veterinarian immediately.

For more information about your pet, please contact the Cypress Vet Clinic HERE