With the summer months approaching, many pet owners are planning family vacations. Pets are considered an important part of most families, and therefore, most people are not comfortable leaving for trips without them. However, travelling with pets can be quite a handful. Here are a few suggestions to help make travelling with your furry friends effortless.

Plan Ahead

  • Call to confirm that accommodations are pet friendly
  • Check identity tags to make sure that they are up to date and the writing is clear
  • Consider having your pet micro-chipped as collars do break or fall off
  • Always travel with an updated copy of your pet’s medical certificate
  • Remember to pack any medication that your pet may require
  • Never change your pet’s food during a vacation and always pack extra portions

En Route

  • Keeping your dog hydrated is very important and can help regulate your pet’s stress
  • Plan on making frequent stops to enjoy a cold drink of water and a potty break
  • Letting your dog travel on an empty stomach is not recommended. Place their meal portion in a ziplock bag, and give them small amounts as you travel
  • Never allow your animal to roam freely in your vehicle. Dogs should be harnessed in a seatbelt, contained behind a pet barrier, or if you have room, crating is advised

Settling In

  • Allow your animal to investigate the new environment
  • Be cautious of people opening and closing car doors and exiting buildings
  • Playing music can be soothing and will help drown out unfamiliar sounds
  • Allow your pet a transition period. They may need a bit of downtime to recuperate from the stress of travelling

    – Tracy