Travelling with Pets By Liz Espejo

With the summer months coming soon, a lot of people are wondering how to make traveling easier on their pets. Here are some tips to consider when taking your pet along with you on your vacations:

– If you are traveling outside of the country, your pet will likely require an International Health Certificate. Your pet will also need to be up to date on vaccinations. Parasites may be more prevalent in certain provinces and states, so make sure that your pet is up to date on deworming as well. This can all be taken care of by booking an appointment so that the vet can ensure your pet is healthy and is given the appropriate prescriptions.

– Traveling in a carrier or crate is highly recommended. Alternatively, seatbelt-compatible harnesses can be used. These options increase your safety so that you cannot be distracted by your pet wanting to climb on your lap, and also increase their safety in the case of an accident.

– If your pet will be traveling in a carrier, make sure that they have time to get used to the carrier and be comfortable in it before they will be confined for an extended period of time. You can do this by leaving the carrier/kennel open in your home and allowing your pet to explore it.

– Feliway and Adaptil may also make traveling easier on your pets. Feliway is made of a synthetic feline facial pheromone, which cats naturally use to mark their territory as a safe and comfortable place. Feliway comes in a spray form as well as a plug in diffuser. Adaptil is made of dog appeasing pheromones to help dogs adapt to unfamiliar environments. It comes in the form of a collar and a spray.

If you have any questions or concerns in regards to traveling with your pet please contact us and we will do our best to make you and your pet feel at ease!

Dog sticking its head out of a car window