Dog Travel – What You Really Need to Know

When traveling with your pet…have a health certificate, proper Identification and medical record with you. Dog travel requires good advance planning and preparation.

Car Travel…not all dogs like to travel and if your pet is not familiar travelling in your vehicle, take some short trips and slowly build up to longer journeys.

Be sure to use proper restraints when your dog travels in a vehicle. Many companies now make seat belt systems and travel crates. A dog crate is considered the most popular investment to keep your pet safe. A car travelling 35 miles per hour can add 30 pounds at impact on your dog in an accident. Keep your pet safely secured while you travel on the road.

Do not leave your dog locked in a car. In 70 degree weather it takes very little time for the temperature to climb into triple digits. Leaving the window down several inches does not provide enough ventilation. Many states are now passing laws prohibiting leaving your dog alone in a vehicle. In extreme temperatures it is best to leave your dog at home.

Many hotels welcome pets…so do your research and make sure your “loved one” has a place to spend the night. Use proper dog etiquette while visiting a “dog friendly” hotel. Many previous “dog friendly” hotels no longer accept pets due to the previous bad behavior of others. Clean up after dog walks and keep your dog on a leash at all times. Do not leave your dog unattended in the hotel room as dog barking is always a big complaint by other guests…

Air Travel…airlines have different procedures for transporting pets. Travel costs will also vary between the airlines.

If there is a risk of airline delays…this should be a consideration as your dog can be caged in the cargo holds in extreme weather conditions for long hours. In these cases, you should consider leaving your pet at home.

Traveling Abroad…the requirements of the country you want to travel can make the decision for you. Some countries such as Great Britain require quarantines that can last 6 months or longer.

Canada and Mexico require you to show proof of vaccination. Canada requires proof of rabies vaccination within the past 3 years. Mexico requires proof of vaccination within the past year. Hawaii law requires quarantine for your pet for 6 months.

Many airlines allow small dogs in approved crates, to travel with the passenger in the cabin of the plane.

The safety of your pet should always be the main consideration when you decide to travel with your dog.