Owning should not restrict you from travelling and going on vacations. Nowadays it has become
more and more popular to include the pets in the family vacation. Even hotels and airlines are
acknowledging this fact and accommodating themselves for having pets on board.
Before you travel there are few things you should think about in order to keep the trip safe and
pleasurable for both you and your pet.
I strongly recommend to all pets owner to put a identification tag on the pet’s collar and to
consider injecting an identification microchip. A microchip is permanent and can’t get lost or be
removed in case of the pet’s theft.
Before traveling anywhere, make sure your pet is vaccinated up to date. If you are planning on
crossing an international border, including to the United States, a Rabies vaccine is mandatory.
It is recommended to apply deworming, tick and flea control, and heartworm prevention
medications to the pet. You should also check if there is a specific prevalence of any infectious
agent in your destination area, that might require a specific preventative treatment.
Whether you are traveling by air or by car, you should think about the factors that will make your
pet comfortable and safe. When traveling by air, the pet has to be placed in a travelling crate.
If you are traveling with a large breed dog, check with your airline what are the rules and
restrictions for the crate size and weight, because those vary between the different airline
companies. If your crate is very large you might face a problem with the airline or will be required
to pay an extra fee. It is better to be well prepared and not to face unpleasant surprises on the
day of the actual trip.
The pet should be comfortable in its crate. When you are choosing a travelling crate, make sure
it is large enough to allow the animal stand, sit up right and lie down comfortably in the crate.
Make sure that the crate is not broken and that it can be latched securely. Label the crate with a
“Live Animal” designation, and your contact numbers both at home and at the destination
Placing a familiar blanket and safe toys can help the animal feel more comfortable. It is very
important to make sure that the crate is well ventilated. Some owners cover the crate to limit the
pet’s vision and reduce stress. This cover should be removed before boarding to the plane to
ensure adequate air supply.
The question of whether to sedate the pet is always a dilemma to the owners. I usually
recommend to owners to better avoid it if possible, and to sedate only animals that are extremely
stressed because sedating an animal without being able to monitor it might bare some risks.
Make sure you put enough water in the crate that will last for the whole length of trip.
If the length of trip and the medical condition of the pet’s allows it, you better not leave food in the
create, and feed soon after arriving to the destination.
When you travel by car you are not obligated to use a crate but I definitely recommend using a
crate especially when traveling with a cat. Cats tend to get extremely stressed in an unfamiliar
situation and can escape very easily if not confined.
If you pet suffers from car sickness your vet can prescribe anti -nausea medications.
When traveling by car with a dog, it is recommended not to let it sit in the front passenger sit if