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How to Travel with Pets

by Bill Sweeney
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Traveling is a great way to escape and relax, however, sometimes we have to really worry about pet transport when we bring our furry friends due to their anxiety or maybe the trip you are taking is suitable for them. You should make sure that if you are traveling with your pets you should be able to spend a lot of time with them.

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Just like you pack and make lists for yourself before you travel, the same can be done for your pet. You must make sure that you have all the proper identification for your travel buddy. Make sure they have an ID tag for their collar and that their microchip is up-to-date. Also make sure that you have important documents for your pet. This includes their medical history and the name and number of their vet. The best way to store these would be on your phone or tablet device. You should also make sure that your travel buddy’s travel crate or carrier is large enough, comfortable and well ventilated for them. You should also introduce them to their carrier before you travel so they are not surprised.

Pet Transport by Car

If you are traveling by car, your animals shouldn’t be able to roam, for their own safety. You should put your animal in a crate because restraints or seat belts for them haven’t reliably shown to protect them. Their carriers should be in the back seat because of airbags and the harm it may cause them.

Try to give your furry friend plenty of rest stops. Don’t let them out of the car without a collar, ID or leash because unfamiliar territory can scare them and they may be prone to running. Also, try to not leave them alone in the car. Pack snacks and drinks for you and them beforehand so you don’t have to go into gas stations to grab any.

Try to find places to stop that have parks or areas to walk your pet. You can search on real estate websites such as Honolulu houses for sale to see parks around areas you are traveling to.

Pet Transport by Plane

If you and your pet are traveling by plane, you will have some options to weigh through. Air travel can be slightly dangerous for pets and the danger is elevated for those such as bulldogs, pugs or Persian cats due to their short nasal passage which leaves them vulnerable to oxygen deprivation and heat stroke. You should consider all alternatives to flying, but if it is your only option and the benefits outweigh the risks, try to choose flying in the cabin with them if possible.

Smaller pets, around 20 pounds or less, are usually permitted to travel in the cabin with you. Call in advance about fees, size requirements and other regulations while flying with a pet. If this is your plan, keep extra food and toys in your carry-on and give your pet some water or ice before and during takeoff. The swallowing can help unpop their ears.


Don’t tranquilize your animal as it could hinder their breathing. There are products that will help with their anxiety and you can always consult with your veterinarian for advice. Also, try not to put your pet in cargo. Some animals are killed, injured or lost on commercial flights.  Issues include excessive temperatures, poor ventilation and rough handling. So, try to consider having them stay in kennels or with a friend if this is the case.

You should use direct flights and travel on the same flight only. Notify the captain and at least one flight attendant. Find the best time of day for your flight for the season. This means early morning or late evening for the summer or afternoon flights for the winter, make sure they are familiar with their carrier and that their nails are clipped, and lastly, carry a photo of your pet in case it is lost and check out your pet immediately after landing.

When you reach your destination, you should have already researched and selected a pet-friendly hotel. Try to get a room on the ground floor. You will be able to take your pet for a walk. Even if your animal is house trained, bring pee pads just in case the stress of travel gets to them. Now…about those kids

How to Travel with Pets was last modified: June 13th, 2020 by Bill Sweeney

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