Especially if your pet has health problems or you have never traveled with it before, you should consult with your regular veterinarian before making vacation plans. If you do decide to include your four-legged friend on your next vacation, you may want to consider taking a shorter drive as a trial run and determine how your pet responds. If the trial run is successful, you can then start planning for a longer pet-friendly vacation.
Check flight restrictions.
Some dog breeds, such as snub-nosed dogs like pugs, don’t travel well in cargo because they are prone to breathing problems. If your dog can handle a flight trip, you need to check with the airlines for regulations and fees. Some airlines will allow your pet to fly in the cabin, while others require the animal to fly as checked baggage. There is some risk in bringing your pet aboard a plane, so you may want to consider pets-only airlines like Pet Airways. This offers climate-controlled cabins with individual crates and a flight attendant who will check on your animal every 15 minutes.
Research required vaccinations.
If you are traveling abroad, you will need to ensure your pet has the required vaccinations for that country. You can find this information by consulting the database of animal import regulations. Whether or not you are traveling internationally, make sure to attach contact information to both your pet’s collar and its carrier.
Find the right carrier.
Your pet’s travel kennel should have enough space for your pet to turn around and stand without bumping its head. If this will be your pet’s first trip, take time to acquaint your pet with its carrier before the journey begins. Even though each airline has its own crate dimension requirements, the USDA requires food and water dishes, a “Live Animal” sticker, and bedding.
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