Traveling With Your Pet
Plan Ahead for the Whole Family
Ruffin’ It on the Road
Planning on taking a trip? Why not make it fun for the whole family—four-leggers included? With more and more pet-friendly options for travelers, you don’t have to leave Rover or Princess behind this year. Before you hit the road, here are a few tips to help make your journey a little easier.
First Things First
As you plan your trip, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to make sure that your pet’s vaccinations are up to date and he receives a clean bill of health. Ask your veterinarian about health concerns specific to where you’re traveling since problems like Lyme disease, certain parasites and fungal infections are more prevalent in some areas of the country.
Don’t Get Left Out in the Cold
Be sure to call your destination ahead of time and get information on pet policies. The last thing you’d want to do is arrive and find out that pets aren’t welcome! Check our list of pet-friendly Web sites that can help you narrow down your lodging options. After you’ve selected a place to stay, it’s a good idea to call the hotel or campsite to double check their pet policies and find out what fees and restrictions may apply.
Particularly while traveling, you must be able to provide proof of your pet’s rabies vaccination status at all times. Depending on state regulations, a pet without proof of current vaccination may be quarantined.