What To Do With Pets When You Travel

You’re ready to go on your family vacation, but you don’t know what to do with your pet. Don’t worry, there are a number of options you can choose.


The family pet can be put in a kennel while you’re away. For a small fee per day, housing and feeding will be provided, as well as exercise time. If you don’t know where to look or what the best option for your pet might be, ask your vet. Usually they can give you a list of local kennels in the area.

Car Travel

If you’re going on a car trip, you can carry your pet in its carrier. Make sure to feed it at regular intervals and stop at specified times so it can use the bathroom. Some pets enjoy car travel and some don’t. Be sure you know which category your pet falls into before committing it to a long journey.

Air Travel

In most cases, unless you own a small dog or cat, your pet will have to be checked as luggage. This is not a good option for your pet because there are many factors which could negatively impact its health. If your pet can be carried onboard, make sure its carrier is secure and fits within the airline's luggage regulations. Have your pet's collar and leash on hand so that you can walk it before entering the airport. Your pet will be cooped up for a while, so let it exercise when it can. Also, alert the airline that you will be bringing a pet and familiarize yourself with their policies.


Be familiar with the pet policies at the local hotels. Do they allow pets? Is there an additional fee for bringing more than one pet? Make a list of pet-friendly hotels at your final destination as well as some of those along the way, in case you need to stop.


Make a list of emergency veterinary facilities along your journey. Just as humans can get into accidents or need medical attention, so can your pet. Make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up to date and have the telephone number of your regular veterinarian on hand in case questions arise.
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