It’s no secret that pets get sick or luggage gets lost. Scan all of your pet’s records so you have a digital copy available at all times. This will provide documentation of immunizations and health checks just in case the physical copies are lost. Also, consider asking the vet for a digital transcript of your furbaby’s records in case of an emergency. Just make sure you have all the files in an e-mail or on the cloud so you can access them from anywhere at anytime.
Make sure your pet is current on his or her immunizations.
Within 10 days before departing on your trip, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian for a checkup. Be sure to double check your pet’s vaccinations are current and get a signed health certificate. This is a great time to address the best ways to keep your pet relaxed, calm, and comfortable while travelling. If you are flying, discuss what to do if the animal becomes afraid or anxious.
Microchip your pet.
Unfortunately, accidents happen and pets might get separated from us when we are far from home. It doesn’t matter whether we accidentally left our window rolled down at the tollbooth or someone opened the door before we get his leash on, it’s important to have a way to reunite ourselves with our pets if the worst does happen. Veterinarians can scan a microchipped lost pet to access your information and make a happy reunion possible.
Use suitable safety restraints or carriers.
Vehicles are generally safe, but make sure they have a travel carrier or kennel in the car. This will ensure our pets have a safe place to retreat and relax while keeping them from being underfoot while we drive. Look for a crate that is large enough for the cat or dog to move inside. Also, make sure it is secure and won’t shift when the car stops abruptly. If you don’t want to use a kennel, consider using a pet harness that acts as a seat belt to ensure his safety. And remember, it’s always a good idea to use a leash to prevent a panicked pet from running away when moving outside of a vehicle.
Bring extra water, food, travel bowls, and any medications.
Pack for your pet like you would a family member. Make sure to bring food, bowls, leashes, waste scoops, baggies, medication, and favorite toys or pillows. If possible, avoid feeding in a moving vehicle and always bring bottled water along. This will prevent a pet from drinking water in an area he or she isn’t use to which can cause them to suffer stomach ailments.