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Travel Tips

by MetLife Pet Insurance
15 years ago

The first step in planning a vacation with your pet is to determine whether or not your dog or cat is up for the challenge. Consult your veterinarian to find out if your pet is too young, old or ill to travel. Once you have been given the “ok” from your vet, start preparing for the trip.

For those traveling by air, most airlines require that your pet be at least 8 weeks old, have up-to-date vaccinations and a health certificate no more than 10 days old. You should contact your airline prior to arriving at the airport to make sure there are no other restrictions. Try to book a nonstop flight in the morning or evening in the summer months and midday during colder months to provide a more suitable climate for your dog or cat. Purchase a transport crate large enough for your pet to be able to stand up, turn around, and lie down. The crate should also have absorbent material lining the bottom, proper ventilation and proper identification.

If you are traveling by car, you should take your pet on a few shorter car rides to make sure they will be comfortable. When on the road, bring a sufficient amount of food and water and be sure to stick with the same feeding schedule. Be prepared to stop every two hours or so for exercise and bathroom breaks. Don’t forget to inform your destination that you will be bringing your pet along with you. Some other materials you will want to bring with you are: toys, treats, food, water, bedding, towels, medications, and disinfectant spray in case of any accidents.

Safe and happy travels!

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