6 must-know tips for traveling with pets


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Dog_LuggageAfter being cooped up for months, most of us are ready to break out of our homes — and sweaters — and maybe take a little trip once summer rolls around. If it’s just you and your two-legged companions, book your flights and jump in your cars. But if four-legged family members are headed on the journey with you, you’ll need to make some preparations to ensure their safety and happiness.

Veterinary Pet Insurance has offered these six travel tips:


Proper ID

Keep identification on your pet at all times, and make sure his ID tag is up-to-date, durable, legible and includes your cellphone number.


Say ‘cheese’

Pack current vaccination records and a recent photo of your pet. If he gets lost, this will make the search much easier.


Doggie-bag it

Nothing’s worse than a hungry child — or pet. Pack food in case of travel delays.


Proper accommodations

There are plenty of hotels around the country that will welcome your pet with open arms. Just make sure you do your research beforehand and choose a pet-friendly hotel.


Flight information

Book an early-morning or late-evening flight. This will help avoid temperature extremes that could affect your pet.


Pet 911

Make sure you have the phone number, hours and directions to the closest veterinary hospital near your destination.

VPI also recommends talking with your veterinarian before booking your trip.

“If you’re planning to take your pet on vacation, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to confirm your pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date and that she receives a clean bill of health,” said Carol McConnell, VP and chief veterinary medical officer for VPI. “Traveling with pets by air requires specific attention because airlines will require a formal health certificate from your veterinarian.

“It is also critical to ask your veterinarian about unique exposures at your travel destination (such as mosquitos and/or ticks), and inquire if preventive medication is appropriate for your pet,” she added.