Travel with Pets

Pet Expert Cheryl Hansen says to adopt a “summer camp” mentality when you travel with your pets.  Pretend you are sending them off to camp just like you would a child…..belongings, necessities, snacks and plenty of ID.

Traveling by car:

*make sure ID is current, water/food, bowls, bedding, chew toys, kennel
 *take copies of current vaccination and rabies certificates 
*leash for rest areas, clean up products, poop bags and PATIENCE
 *plot out stays in pet friendly hotels
*NEVER leave a pet in the car unattended in warm weather.  NEVER.

Traveling by plane:
*reserve well in advance, expect significant expense
*airline approved kennels (size specifics may vary by carrier and model of plane)
*limited in-cabin pets allowed
*vet assistance in determining need to sedate and health certificate required but do not make appt with vet too far in advance
*HS does not recommend travel as cargo, snub nose dogs may not be able to travel as cargo 
*if necessary to go in cargo, affix “Live Animal” sticker with arrow and pet identification including name of pet, owner, phone number
*Avoid connecting flights, fly red eye or early am in summer, late afternoon in winter

Traveling by Train: NO, except for some regional carriers but AMTRAK does not allow pets, though service dogs are allowed.  Check with regional carrier for specifics

Traveling by Bus:  Under 25 lbs at the discretion of the bus company, check with individual company, may need to buy a seat for your pet



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