January 2nd is National Pet Travel Safety Day. As dog and cat lovers and dog and cat pet parents, we understand how important it is to make sure that when we hit the road with our fur babies that they are as safe in the vehicle as we are! Pets are our constant companions and because of that it makes sense that we would travel with them. Whether by car, plane or train there are some safety measures pet parents need to be aware of on this.
National Pet Travel Safety Day Tips:
- Make certain your dog or cat is microchipped and that your contact information is up to date. If you don’t want to microchip your pet, make sure they wear a collar and a tag with your current contact information on it.
- When you travel don’t let your pet off a leash. It would be easy for them to get frightened and bolt and in an unfamiliar location.
- Don’t travel to an unfamiliar location without knowing for certain that your pet will be welcomed.
- Take your dog and cat to your veterinarian to assure he is healthy enough to travel. If your pet is on medication, fill the prescription so you have enough for the entire trip. Ask for a copy of each of your pet’s medical records and carry them with you on your road trip.
- Do not travel with your pet on your lap, it may look cute, but it can be very dangerous for both you and your pet.
- Never leave your pet alone in the car.
Other Travel Method Tips:
When traveling by plane or train, here are some questions to ask.
- Are there breed or species restrictions?
- Are there weight size restrictions?
- Are there restrictions on the number of pets one person can travel with?
- Will your pet be able to sit with you or will he need to ride in cargo?
- What type of medical records and proof do you need to supply?
- Does the pet need to be in a carrier at all times?
- What will it cost to travel with your pet?