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Tips for Traveling With Pets

by Eugenia Lazaris

Feb 12, 2020

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When a pet is like a child to you, you want to take them everywhere. This can pose a unique set of challenges when that means traveling long distances. Check out these helpful hints on ways to make travel with your four-legged friends a little easier.


Start with a quick check up from your pet’s vet to make sure they are healthy enough for the anticipated trip. This is a good opportunity to discuss any concerns that may need to be addressed, such as sleep aids or tranquilizers for long flights.


Research your destination to make sure there are no restrictions on bringing pets, as some countries have special quarantine restrictions on live animals entering the country. There may be paperwork, including proof of vaccination, that needs to be completed ahead of time by your pet’s attending veterinarian that can be handled at the aforementioned appointment.


If your pet is small and will be travel in a pet carrier in the cabin of an airplane, spend some time getting them used to the carrier before the day of your flight.


If your trip includes a layover, bring some potty pads along so your pet can stretch out and relieve themselves without having to find an exit and go through security in between flights. Simply find a quiet corner, lay the pad down and let your pet do their thing before picking it up and disposing of it without leaving behind any mess. Keep in mind, some airports are equipped with pet stations for this reason — these are pet-friendly areas where it is safe to let your animal do their thing. Just be prepared to clean up after them before moving on to your next flight.




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