Planning and preparation are necessary when traveling with family pets.
Consider whether your pet's comfort needs when traveling: before, during and
after. Relocating isn't just stressful for people. It'll be equally
stressful for your pets because pets like familiar surroundings. As with humans, pets are very sensitive to
changes in their surroundings. Seeing the house become gradually emptier
may agitate your pets. If you are
moving locally, take your pets on several visits to the new home
move in to familiarize them with their new habitat.
A car-sick animal can make a trip miserable for everyone. Some ill or
physically impaired dogs and cats cannot withstand the rigors of travel.
If this is the case, discuss options such as using a reliable pet-sitter
or a clean, well-managed boarding facility with your veterinarian.
If you will be staying with friends along the way, find out in
advance if the pet is welcome. Of course, the same applies to hotels,
motels and campgrounds. Having a portable kennel is a good idea for use
in hotel rooms or when staying with friends who do not want a pet loose
in their house.
There are other things to consider. You might consider identifying
your pet with a current tag or a microchip. Grooming your pet before a
trip and having its favorite toys available are helpful and dishes
available will make your pet more comfortable. Have both proof of rabies
vaccination and a current health certificate with you when crossing
state or international borders. Before undertaking any trip, consult your veterinarian to be sure
that all required vaccinations are up-to-date and to receive a health
certificate within ten days of travel.
Independent Pet and Animal
Transportation Association International
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