Bon Voyage! Ciao! See Ya’…You Going On Vacation Soon?

by admin on August 10, 2011

Seems like the travel bug is here and folks are driving, flying, taking the train, cars or buses to places here and there. Did I hear you say, you’re takin’ the entire family? Pets too? Well, that’s just great and right up our alley for this blog post!  Your read my mind.  So before you book that flight or hop in the car, I’ve got some good travel bones for you to chew on in order to make your trip WONDERFUL. Especially, if Princess is coming along for the ride.

I know your bags are packed and ready to go.  Sunscreen or a coat in your suitcase.  Your travel map and all your apps are updated on your smartphone.

What the heck does Princess need? I got you covered!!

1. Make sure all your vaccines are up to date and you carry that proof with you on your holiday travels.  And as long as you at your vet’s office, make sure Princess is healthy enough to travel.  She needs a clean bill of health from your vet.  Peace of mind for you

2 Tell your vet  where you are off to,  so all of you are prepared for action. That way, you have the right flea protection, heartworm tablets handy and the like. Different parasites, ticks and other unfriendly guests live are more prevelent in different parts of the country.

3. Phew, you’re done with gathering all your needs from your vet. Now, if you’re taking a flight outta here, call the airlines.  There are black out dates where dogs and cats aren’t allowed to travel.  So give them a call.  Also, call your destination to find out if Princess will even be allowed there. We all love Princess and can’t believe she wouldn’t be welcome. So just make sure and call ahead. You can check on your destination’s web site and hotel, motel or camp site web sites too! There’s a whole world of pet friendly web sites out that will fill you in.

4. Just so you’re all prepared, when taking your pet on holiday, some places charge extra fees for the luxury of having your pet stay there. So check ahead of time, so you’re not taken off guard.

5. Oh you’re thinking about flying. I mentioned airlines and black out dates. Seasonal restriction apply to all airlines. Also, there are certain federal regulations specific to the airlines, so call or check on their web site for their details. They are going to want that clean bill of health and all vaccines current. Have that handy and make extra copies for yourselves.

6. Carry on Princess or Stow Below? Weight and size do matter. Smaller dogs can be carried on in an airline-approved carrier.Weight matters here for “Stow or Below”.  The Internet is your friend and help you checking out what the rules are and how they effect you.  Chief your 40lb baby, gets stowed below. What will you need for Chief?

7. Chief must have a kennel large enough for him to sit, stand, turn around, lay down. Hey he needs comfort too when traveling. All kennels must be airline approved. Make sure Chief is comfy cozy in his kennel way before you travel.  Make the kennel training a positive one for Chief.  I always mark their names in a huge black sharpie on the kennel, along with my full name (first and last), my cell. I always make sure that Chief’s collar has all current tags.  And a tag with my name, cell number and microchip information on it.  Good idea, right? When I travel, I put their microchip number in my cell phone, as well as on their vet approved paperwork.

8. Chief is in cargo now and in his kennel.  His information is on the kennel and your information is on the kennel (and on him). Just to be on the safe side, attach the extra vet history securely to his kennel.  If his collar falls off, airline folks know exactly how to contact you!

There is so much great information out there about traveling with your 4 legged family members.  Let me know what you come up with. I hope you found this post useful.

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LOREN August 10, 2011 at 3:37 am

Good insight and tips for traveling with your pets. keep up the great blogs!

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admin August 16, 2011 at 12:18 am

Loren so good to hear from you and glad you liked the traveling tips. Thank you kindly for the read my friend.

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Jonni October 18, 2011 at 8:34 am

This is an arictle that makes you think “never thought of that!”

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Suevonne October 20, 2011 at 2:22 am

Many many quality piotns there.

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admin October 21, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Glad you found the points on this blog of interest. There is always more to come. Thanks for the read.

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admin August 17, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Hi Loren! You are such a great supporter of the blog and it’s appreciated. Yup, I thought this topic might help folks out when they start to travel. You just never know what you might uncover and what you will need when you take your pet on holiday.

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Dr. Patrick Mahaney August 11, 2011 at 1:16 am

Great suggestions for travel regardless of the time of year or holiday!
Dr PM

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admin August 16, 2011 at 12:17 am

Dr. Patrick, I always appreciate hearing from you and knowing what you’re up too. Looking forward to hearing you take Q and A on Teddy Hilton site. I will be sure to keep every one posted on what you are up too. I look forward to working with you again very soon. Cheers!

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admin August 17, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Dr Patrick, I always love to follow you! Thank you for the read and the tweet too. I encourage all our folks to read and when you write for us soon, it’s gonna be great!

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Torn October 20, 2011 at 2:30 am

Always a good job right here. Keep rolilng on through.

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admin October 21, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Glad you enjoyed this blog series.

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Krystina Pruskowski November 14, 2011 at 8:20 am

nice one.

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admin November 15, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Kyrstina, thanks for the read. Glad you enjoyed it! Come on back, I always have more new and interesting blogs on tap.

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