There’s no doubt about it – man’s best friend and many a furry feline are becoming permanent fixtures when people travel. People love their pets and often want them by their side when they travel. Whether it’s by car, plane, ship or train, there are a few best practices to follow if you want to take your furry friend on vacation.
- When traveling by car, dogs should be secured in a harness and buckled in the back and cats should be secured in a carrier that won’t bounce around while driving.
- Leave the front seat for humans.1 Make sure animals are safely secured in the back of the vehicle and be sure not to let your dog’s head hang outside the vehicle, as that exposes them to potentially harmful debris.
- Be sure never to leave your pet in the car alone. When it’s 72 degrees Fahrenheit outside, the temperature inside your car can heat up to 116 degrees within an hour.1
- Sorry all you pet-lovers, but air travel just isn’t safe for pets according to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). In the unavoidable circumstance that your pet absolutely needs to travel by air, find out if they can travel in the cabin with you.1
- If you need to travel with your pet on a plane, be sure to get special permission from the airline and find out about any special pet immunization requirements as well as the type of carrier you may need to put your pet in.
- Be aware that pets that need to fly in the cargo area may be exposed to extremely hot or cold conditions, poor ventilation and run the risk of rough handling. Many pets become injured or die each year because of this.1
- If your pet must fly, consider these best practices to ensure a healthy, safe arrival:
- Book direct flights.
- Make sure you fly during temperate weather if your pet needs to be exposed to the cargo area of the plane.
- Put a detailed label on your pet’s carrier to easily identify your pet.
- Don’t give your pet food at least six hours before you fly.1
- Carry a photo of your pet with you in case your pet becomes lost.
- Cruiselines don’t usually permit animals on board – however, there are some exceptions. Be sure you check with the cruise line to see if your pet is allowed and under what circumstances. Sometimes kennels are available on ships as well.
- Taking your pet on a train may be permissible depending on where you travel in the world. As a general rule, pets aren’t allowed on most trains in the U.S. unless they are needed for medical purposes. However, if you are traveling in Europe, you’ll find that many trains are pet-friendly.