Cinema Veterinary Centre

Holiday Travel- Pet Safety Tips

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 by jronchetto  | Tags: pet safety, holiday tips


Holiday travel can be stressful enough for humans as it is, but can even be more stressful for your pet if they are traveling with you.  If you plan on leaving town this holiday season with Fido or Scruffy let the staff of Cinema Veterinary Centre help reduce both your stress and your pet’s with these helpful traveling tips from the American Veterinary Medical Association.

  • First, make sure your pet is healthy and will be comfortable traveling.
  • If traveling is not an option, consider a pet-sitter or boarding facility. You can ask your vet for reliable recommendations.
  • If you're flying, first check with the airline to make sure they take pets. Ask if they have breed or size restrictions.
  • If your pet is flying in the cabin with you know how much room you will have under the seat for your pet and your legs. Seatguru.com lists the dimensions on any seat on any aircraft.
  • For international travelers, every country has its own regulations, paperwork and quarantine periods. Be prepared and patient.
  • The USDA website has a list of some airline animal transport policies.
  • Many airlines as well as veterinarians would prefer that your pets not be medically sedated if they are flying in the cargo area. Certain sedation medications make it dangerous for pets to travel into cold climates because the medication inhibits the pet’s ability to maintain their normal body temperature. If your pet must be sedated please make sure the pet is kept warm and comfortable.
  • For airline travel, you'll probably need to get a health certificate from your vet within 10 days of your trip. This shows that your pet is healthy enough to travel and doesn't have a disease that could be transmitted to other animals or humans.
  • If you're traveling by car, take a few short trips beforehand if your pet isn't used to riding along.
  • A pet carrier is the best way to transport a pet in a vehicle. An unsecured pet can distract the driver or interfere with safe operation of a vehicle. Choose a carrier that allows your pet to stand up and turn around comfortably, yet doesn’t provide too much room for extra movement.
  • Make sure your pet is wearing current identification tags and is implanted with a microchip with your cell phone number. You'll have a better chance of finding your furry family member if he or she gets lost. This is ideal in any type of travel situation.
  • If you're staying with friends or family, make sure they're willing to welcome your pet. If you're staying in a hotel or motel, check their pet policy when reserving a room.
  • When pets are stressed by holiday activity or during travel, they may require more water. Dogs typically pant more when they feel stressed. Keep fresh water available for them at all times.