Tips for Traveling With Pets

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When traveling with your pets…

Make a travel kit before you leave. Pack some food, a bowl, water, a leash, plastic waste bags and any needed medication.

For small pets, keep them safe and secure in a well ventilated carrier that’s large enough for them to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in. 

Always make sure the carrier is secure while you’re driving.

For larger pets, use a safety harness.

Feed your pet a few hours before your trip so that the food can settle. Never feed your pet while in a moving vehicle. 

Do not leave your pet alone in a parked vehicle. Cars can heat up very fast in warm weather, causing heatstroke. Your car also can act as a dangerous refrigerator in the cold.

Don’t allow your pet to ride with their head outside of a car window. They can be injured by flying debris.

If you’re traveling across state lines, it’s always a good idea to bring your pet’s rabies vaccination record.

Follow these steps to get you and your pet to your destination safely.