For many of us dog lovers, the mere idea of going away and
leaving our beloved furry companions behind causes us to
break out into hives or have some other type of serious
physical or mental reaction. We can’t even believe that we
would let ourselves THINK of such a thing as not taking them
along; however, there are certain situations that make this
impossible and we have no choice. If you are anything like
me, you begrudgingly make “arrangements” for your pets,
whatever they may be. Then off you go without them, only to
spend most of your time away missing them, worrying about
them, and calling to make sure they are okay.
But what if
the circumstances are such that they can travel with you?
In this issue of Tales of Gold I’m going to provide
some important tips about traveling with your dogs and how
to make sure the experience is pleasant and safe for all.
The following is a list of things you will want to consider
before setting off on any type of trip with your dog. Make
your dog is up-to-date on all vaccines and that you have
copies of his/her records with you. If your pet is on
any type of medication, be sure to pack it along with
his/her food, a pet first aid kit, a selection of
leashes and collars and/or harnesses, and a listing of
emergency veterinarians in the place(s) you’ll be
visiting. If you are traveling by car, be sure to
include food and water bowls and fresh drinking water,
and even your pet’s bed.
your dog can tolerate the car ride. If your dog does
not travel well in the car, you may want to think about
something to calm his/her nerves. Your veterinarian
will be able to guide you on what would be best for your
that the tags on the collar(s) you will be using reflect
the appropriate information for contacting you. If you
will be carrying your cell phone with you, you may want
to list that number on your dog’s tag just in case
he/she gets lost and someone needs to reach you.
that the hotels that you are planning to stay at accept
pets. Be sure to check and see if there are any
restrictions and/or fees that you will be subject to.
Also, remember to find out if the hotel requires dogs to
be crated when you are not in the room.
leave your dog in a car unattended! This is a recipe
for disaster and should not be an option under any
circumstances. The only thing worse than this would be
leaving your dog in a HOT car. On an 80 degree summer
day, the temperature, even in a ventilated car, can
reach over 100 degrees in less than 15 minutes. Just
don’t do it and you’ll all be safer.
to have an appropriate restraint for your dog while
he/she is riding in the car. Should you have to stop
suddenly or if there is an accident, this will prevent
him/her from getting loose. Loose pets can, and often
do, either get hurt or become lost in the trauma.
In addition to all of the above, the following points must
be considered if you and your pet are traveling by
airplane. Make sure …
you check with your specific airline to determine if
your dog will be traveling in the cabin with you or in
cargo. Most airlines require the pet carrier to fit
underneath the seat in front of you in order for your
pet to travel in the cabin. You will want to check with
your airline regarding any specific
requirements/restrictions they may have, as well as any
documentation that is required and any fees that you
you have an airline-approved crate for your dog. In
most instances, this is a sturdy plastic crate that has
a secure locking system and appropriate ventilation.
Your dog must be able to stand, turn around, and lie
down in the crate. The crate must be labeled with your
name, your dog’s name, and all other pertinent
information such as your address, phone numbers that you
can be reached at and, most importantly, your final
destination. Finally, “LIVE ANIMAL” stickers should be
clearly visible on the crate.
that in addition to carrying with you proof of your
dog’s vaccinations, you should inquire as to whether or
not you will need a certificate of acclimation. This
certificate, typically prepared by your vet, will attest
to the fact that your dog has been examined and is in
good health and should be able to withstand variances in
temperature (high or low) that may occur during the
Hopefully, the information I’ve provided will be helpful
when you next decide to travel with your dog. For more
specific information on many of these topics, please visit
the following web sites*:
* GRRI does not endorse any of the products
referenced on these web sites.