Now that spring is approaching and we are getting prepared for the summer, many people are planning their vacation. If you are a pet owner, you might be wondering about the best ways to travel with your pet. Knowing how to care for your pet’s health whether you are planning to travel by automobile or fly is very important.

What are the best ways to travel with your beloved pet?

Traveling with a pet in an automobile

If you are planning to take a road trip with your pet cat or dog, safety for both pet and driver is first and foremost.

A safe way to take your pet with you in a car is to have a suitable crate. The crate should be big enough for your pet dog or cat to stand up in and lie down. Another way is to have him in a specially designed harness that attaches to the safety buckle.

It may also be a good idea to take your dog for a long walk or exercise your pet before the journey. This will help to get rid of a lot of energy. Remember to keep the vehicle well-ventilated and never leave a pet alone in a locked car.

You should also check if you need to bring documents with you. Some states require that you carry a vaccination record for rabies if you come from out of state.

Travelling with a pet in an aircraft

First, you need to contact the airline to find out their pet policies whilst flying. On many flights, you can take your pet with you in the cabin, however, very often restrictions apply.

For example, there may be height and weight restrictions and a limit to the number of animals you can take with you. Also, some airlines restrict the type of breed of dog and don’t allow mixed breeds.

Very often, you will have to bring documents issued by a licensed vet with you to show at check-in.

Taking a pet on vacation can be great for all the family. So, plan ahead to travel with pets safely and make your vacation a success.