There’s nothing more exciting than traveling around the world with your furry friend at your side! But before you start packing your suitcase, there are a few things you must check off your list first. Traveling with your puppy (or any pet, for that matter) can be a challenging task. From vaccinations to airline restrictions, […]
There’s nothing more exciting than traveling around the world with your furry friend at your side! But before you start packing your suitcase, there are a few things you must check off your list first. Traveling with your puppy (or any pet, for that matter) can be a challenging task.
From vaccinations to airline restrictions, it’s crucial to prepare yourself and your puppy for any possible scenario. Your puppy’s comfort and safety should always be at the top of your priorities when traveling.
Here are some ways you can travel safely with your puppy:
First things first, your puppy must be completely healthy before any trip. Update your fur-baby’s vaccinations, take them to the vet for a physical exam, and most importantly, take vaccinations records with you. In airline travel, you will be required to show your puppy’s health documents before boarding.
You can (and should) ask your vet about additional vaccinations your pup may need, depending on your destination. Your pooch may also become sick during travel; if so, ask your vet about remedies to calm them down. Some great calming remedies for dogs include flower extracts, calming oils, and dog pheromones.
If you’re traveling by air or train, you will more than likely need to carry your pooch in a crate or carrier. Even if you’re traveling by car, it’s better to keep your puppy in a secure crate at all times. Puppies, at such a tender age, tend to be mischievous and lively. You never know what they can do while you’re driving.
A crate or carrier helps prevent unwanted accidents inside and outside your car. You can buy a crate or carrier at any of our Petland store locations. If you’re unsure about crate size and material, ask any of our Pet Counselors for the best options.
Your pet’s identification is important in the event they get lost. With an ID tag and microchip, you can increase your pet’s chances of being returned to you. Make sure your pup’s collar and leash is sturdy enough that it won’t fall off.
Your puppy’s ID tag should have their name, your contact information, and proof of rabies shots. Be sure to microchip your pup to have an extra form of identification. A microchip can also help locate your puppy and bring them back to you quickly. Check out our blog, 3 Tips to Ensure Your Puppy Never Gets Lost for more tips on puppy ID.
We know packing suitcases isn’t exactly an easy chore. If you’re taking your puppy on a long trip, you will need to pack a suitcase for them as well. Some essential puppy items include fresh water, food, treats, towels, and a first aid travel kit.
You may also want to consider bringing a puppy pad if you’re traveling by car. Accidents can happen, and if your fur-baby is stressed, it may happen more often than you think. Be sure to look at Our Travel Checklist For You and Your Puppy for a complete list of items you may need.
It’s a good idea to keep a list of licensed veterinarians and emergency care facilities near your destination. Puppies are exposed to new surroundings when you travel to a different place, and may become sick. Your puppy may also become stressed from the changes.
You can ask your vet for their recommendations or advice on the best veterinarians in the area. Once you find a good vet facility near the area you’re staying in, save their number on your phone. We also recommend saving your vet’s emergency number on your phone as well, in case both vet’s need to speak with each other.
Hotels and motels do not typically accept pets or have certain restrictions. Because of this, it is highly important to search for a hotel or motel that’s pet-friendly. If your pooch is allowed to stay at a hotel, you must ensure that they exhibit their best behavior. We understand that it can be a lot to ask for in a puppy, but the following tips can help:
Traveling with your puppy can be stressful—we get it. If possible, you may be better off leaving your furry friend at home. You can also consider letting them stay at a friends house or kennel. Some veterinary facilities allow animals to board in their clinic for a few days. Otherwise, remember to stay calm and positive while traveling. A calm attitude lets your puppy know everything is going to be fine!