Break out the sunscreen and bathing suits; it’s officially Spring Break season! Whether you’re hitting the beach or staying close to home, chances are you’ll want to bring your furry friend along for the fun. But before you pack your bags, make sure you know what’s required for bringing your pet on vacation with you. This guide will help get you started.
#1: Follow rules and regulations
Whether you’re traveling by plane, train, or automobile, understand the stipulations that may be in place. Airlines may not allow pets to fly if the temperature at your departure or arrival location is too cold or too hot to ensure their safety. Breed restrictions also may apply. If you’re traveling out of the country, see what health certificate requirements and vaccinations are necessary to allow your pet into the country. Or, if you’re taking a road trip with your pet, check to see whether pets are allowed at hotels along the way and at your final destination.
#2: Microchip your pet
If you have not already microchipped your pet, there is no better time to do so than before a trip. This permanent identification form cannot be removed or lost, making it the best way to guarantee a happy reunion if your pet becomes lost while traveling. If your pet’s microchipped, verify that your contact information is up to date with the microchip registration company.
#3: Visit your veterinarian before traveling
Before traveling, visit your veterinarian to ensure your pet is healthy and current on necessary vaccinations. Depending on where you go, additional pet vaccinations may be required. If you’re flying or crossing borders, you likely will need a valid, current health certificate for your pet, which only your veterinarian can complete. Airlines and other countries have different regulations regarding pet travel, so check the requirements to ensure your four-legged companion can make the journey with you.