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How to travel safely with pets

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Many of us wouldn't dream of taking a trip without our pets, whether across town or across the country. The good news is, with a little prepping and planning, it's possible to take our pets almost anywhere. These safety tips can help alleviate travel stress for you and your furry friends — and ensure a safe and memorable trip for everyone.

Pet travel tips

  • Schedule a pre-trip visit with your vet to confirm that vaccinations are up-to-date
  • Make sure pets have a microchip and wear a collar with identification that includes your name and phone number
  • Create a pet-friendly travel kit that includes food, collapsible bowls, a leash, grooming supplies, waste scoop and plastic bags, medications — and plenty of water
  • Keep your pet at ease by bringing along a familiar bed, pillow, blanket and favourite toys
  • Keep pets safe and secure with a well-ventilated crate or carrier
  • Feed pets a few hours prior to departure
  • Maintain regular diet routines to lend some comfort when your pet may be feeling disoriented in a new territory
  • Bring a copy of your pet's medical record
  • Know how to access veterinary care away from home
  • Find pet-friendly accomodations, parks, activities and more

Tips for on the road

  • Prepare your pet in advance by taking short drives
  • Consider investing in waterproof seat covers and floor liners
  • Never leave pets alone in a parked vehicle

Tips for in the air

  • Bring small pets on the plane where they can ride under your seat
  • Book a direct flight if possible
  • Review your airline's pet policy
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Sources:
"Travel Safety Tips," ASPCA, https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/travel-safety-tips , accessed June 22, 2017  
"10 Tips for Safe Car Travel with Your Pet," WebMD, http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/guide/10_tips_for_safe_car_travel_with_your_pet , accessed June 22, 2017  
"Pet Travel," by Yahaira Cespedes, PetMD, http://www.petmd.com/dog/care/evr_multi_pet_travel# , accessed June 23, 2017

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