The Ins and Outs of Vacationing with Pets
Many of us are busy planning summer getaways, whether it’s to the beach, a new city, or a cabin in the mountains. For those of us with furry companions, it’s a no-brainer that our pets will also come along for the fun.
Vacationing with pets can be an incredible way to enjoy new experiences, see new places, and strengthen the bond between the two of you. However, like any good plan, preparation is needed in order to make your trip a safe and enjoyable one. Fortunately, the team at Dickinson Animal Hospital and Pet Wellness Center is here to help!
Checklist for a Successful Trip with Your Pet
Before you hit the road, there are several things you’ll need to prepare for in advance. Here are some key things to consider a few weeks out:
- Have your pet come in for a checkup. You may need a certificate of health if you’re traveling across state lines or internationally. We can also assess whether your pet needs additional vaccines or parasite protection (some destinations will pose new risks).
- Plan out each day. Knowing what you’ll be doing while you’re there can help you decide whether to book a kennel or a pet sitter. It will also allow you to research pet-friendly spots before you arrive.
- Create a packing list. To ensure you remember all the essentials (medications, food, leash, carrier, etc.), start making a list now.
- Make sure your pet’s ID tags and microchip are up-to-date. This is a must to avoid a missing pet scare! If they aren’t already, make sure your pet is microchipped.
Travel Tips for Vacationing with Pets
Now that your pet’s suitcase is ready to go, what about travel? This is a big stressor for most pets that can be made worse when owners aren’t well prepared.
By air – This could be a blog topic all on its own, but if you plan on flying with Rover, it’s best to do your research in advance. There are a number of rules regarding traveling with pets, and we suggest meeting with us or a reputable pet travel agent before booking any tickets. Air travel has specific guidelines around health certificates, crate requirements, and much more.
By land – Even a simple road trip can be a disaster when your pet’s needs aren’t met. Plan on stopping frequently for potty breaks and rest; bring lots of water, have a secure crate or carrier, and get your pet acclimated to taking longer car trips before the big day arrives.
When Your Pet Can’t Go
As much as we’d like to take our pets everywhere we go, there are circumstances under which this might not be the best idea. In that case, let the friendly team at Dickinson Animal Hospital and Pet Wellness Center provide a stellar vacay for your little one here at our boarding facility. We offer 1,600 square feet of grassy, fenced-in play area, along with comfy accommodations and separate cat condos for our feline guests. We can board your avian and exotic pets as well, who will also receive premium care.
Vacationing with pets can be wonderful – just be sure to keep their safety and comfort in mind. Please contact us with any questions or to schedule a tour of our facility!