The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) offers these tips to help you prepare for a car trip with your pet and make it go a little smoother.If your pet is not accustomed to the car, take it for a few short rides before the trip. This can help keep your pet from becoming nervous or agitated, and may lessen the effects of motion sickness. If, after a number of practice trips, your pet continues to cry excessively or becomes sick, consult your veterinarian.Buckling up is an important safety precaution for your pet. Many states now require that pets be restrained while in a moving vehicle, and restraints have several advantages. They help protect pets in case of a collision, and they keep pets from running loose and distracting the driver. They also keep pets from escaping the car through an open window or door.Cats and smaller dogs are often most comfortable in pet carriers, which can be purchased in various sizes at most pet stores. Carriers give many animals a sense of security and familiar surroundings, and can be secured to the car seat with a seat belt or a specially designed carrier restraint. There are also pet restraints available that can be used without carriers, including harnesses, seat belt attachments, pet car seats, vehicle barriers, and truck/pickup restraint systems. No matter what kind of restraint you use, be sure that it does not permit your pet’s head to extend outside the car window.
While packing for your trip, remember to throw in a few of your pet’s favorite toys, food and water bowls, a leash, and food. You should also carry a first aid kit for your pet, and know basic pet first aid. Also, if your pet is on a special therapeutic diet, bring along an extra supply in case you can’t find the food in a strange area.
Stick to your regular feeding routine while traveling, and give your pet its main meal at the end of the day or when you’ve reached your destination. Give your pet small portions of both food and water and plan to stop every two hours for exercise.
Remember that your veterinarian is a good source of information about what your pet will need when traveling. Consider having your pet examined before you leave as well, to check for any developing problems. Also, be sure to travel with a copy of your pet’s medical records, especially if the animal has a difficult medical history.
Some pets travel better while tranquilized. Tranquilizers can lessen agitation and motion sickness in pets traveling by car.
Learn more about the area you will be visiting. Your veterinarian can tell you if there are any diseases like heartworm or Lyme disease and vaccinations or medications your pet may require. A health examination following your trip should be considered to determine if any internal parasites (roundworms, hookworms, heartworms) or external parasites (ticks, fleas) were picked up in contaminated exercise or wooded areas. Also, be aware of any unique laws. Some places have restrictions on exotic animals (ferrets are not allowed in some cities), and there are restrictive breed laws in others, such as no pit bulls allowed. Your pet could be affected by these laws, so call ahead to the city or travel information bureau for more information.
To avoid losing your pet during a trip, make sure your pet is wearing an i.d. tag. To be doubly protected, consider having your pet tattooed or having a microchip implanted.
It is important to carry health and rabies vaccine certificates, particularly if you will be crossing the border into Canada, the US, or Mexico. All three countries allow dogs and cats to enter if they meet stringent entry requirements. Depending on the country, exotic pets may be allowed to enter, though they may need further documentation. Call the Agriculture Department or embassy of the country or state to which you are traveling for information on the vaccinations, documentation, fees, or quarantine that may be required to bring your pet into the country.
We provide international health certificates. We only accept international health certificates by appointment only.
Use the following links below to help you prepare for your next trip.
- Alaska Airways Regulations Customers must be 18 years or older to travel with pet in the cabin. A customer traveling with a pet must not occupy an emergency exit row seat. The First Class cabin can accommodate a total of one small pet per flight, and the main cabin can accommodate
- American Airlines Regulations Traveling with pets? The following American Airlines pet policy information will provide the answers to many common questions regarding the transportation of pets. Special pet guidelines apply for travel to international destinations and Hawaii. Please re
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- Center for Disease and Control Prevention Importing Animals CDC regulations govern the importation of dogs, cats, turtles, monkeys, other animals, and animal products capable of causing human disease. Requirements for the importation of the most common pets are described below. Pets taken out of the United States
- Continental Airlines Pet Regulations Continental is committed to providing a safe and comfortable travel experience for all of our customers, including pets. Because we share our customers’ concern that their pets’ flights are stress-free, we have enhanced our animal acceptance policy to tra
- Country Pet Travel Requirements The United States has minimal requirements for animals to be exported to other countries. Your Area Veterinarian-in-Charge can provide you with the current regulations, tests, and inspections required. Approved ports of embarkation and shipping requiremen
- Delta Pet Regulations At Delta, we take the time and care to ensure every animal travels safely and comfortably with our Delta Pet First™ service. There are several different options available to get your pet to its final destination, including being brought into the cabin wit
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- Frontier Pet Regulations Frontier is discontinuing its pets in the cabin program. We will honor pet reservations prior to June 10, 2008, but will not accept reservations after June 9th, 2008. We will still be happy to carry your pet as checked baggage.
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- Jet Blue Regulations We accept small cats and dogs in the cabin of the aircraft on both domestic and international flights (no other animals are allowed). The following guidelines apply to customers bringing a pet.
- Northwest Airlines Your pet is important. For this reason, Northwest Airlines has enhanced and improved our Priority Pet Program. Northwest continues to provide several safe, comfortable travel options for your pet.
- Pet Express – Pet Movers Pet travel agency Pet Express provides transportation services for pets moving within the U.S. and internationally. Focusing on your pet’s safety and comfort, our pet transportation specialists help you with every detail.
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- Southwest Airlines Pet Regulations Southwest Airlines Contract of Carriage – Passenger Sixth Revised
- State Pets Travel Regulations These files are presented by the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Veterinary Services but are written and maintained by each State. For clarification on any of the rules and regulations, contact the Stat
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- United Airlines Pet Regulations Information on arrangements and fees for traveling with your pet.
- US Airways Pet Regulations The number of pets that may be carried in each cabin is limited. In order for your pet to travel with you, you must make your reservations on flights with cabin pet space available.