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Gearing Up for a Summer Vacation? Check Out Our Travel Safety Tips

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 2:45pm
Little girl sitting in back of van with yellow lab

Summer travel season is in full swing, and we think trips are always more fun when you bring your furry friends along. If you’re planning to take a vacation this summer with your pets in tow, we’ve got you covered.

In the car:

Taking a road trip? Here are a few car travel safety tips brought to you by ASPCA supporter Subaru.

Practice makes perfect: It’s a good idea to practice having your pet ride along for a series of short car trips leading up to your big trip.

Ride safely: Keep your pets safe and secure in the car by having them ride in a well-ventilated crate or carrier. The crate should be large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in. Secure your pet’s crate so it will not slide or shift in the event of an abrupt stop.

Road trip snacks: Be sure to pack plenty of water, and avoid feeding your pet in a moving vehicle. Your pet's travel-feeding schedule should start with a light meal three to four hours prior to departure.

For a full list of car travel safety tips, visit our Pet Care section.

Traveling by plane:

Unless your furry friend is small enough to ride under your seat on a plane, the ASPCA advises avoiding air travel with pets. However, if you must bring your pet along on your flight, it’s best to plan ahead. We recommend you book a direct flight if possible. Here are a few other suggestions:

Careful with crates: Prior to your trip, purchase a USDA-approved shipping crate that is large enough for your pet to stand, sit and turn around in comfortably.

IDs, please: Be sure to mark the crate with the words “Live Animal,” as well as your contact information and a photo of your pet. Make sure all vaccinations are up-to-date and that your pet has been microchipped for identification purposes.

In-flight food: Attach a pouch of your pet’s food to the outside of her crate, and freeze water in a dish for your pet to drink as it melts throughout the flight.

For more air travel safety tips, visit our Pet Care section.

No matter where you’re headed this summer, please be sure your pet is wearing an ID tag at all times. Happy trails, and safe travels!




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Leia's Mommy

Leia goes with us just about everywhere. Including to my mom's weekly which is over 40 miles away. She uses a car harness that attaches to a seat belt. I prefer the harness to a crate. She could still slide all over a crate, this way she's protected by unexpected stops. Also we have a travel water bottle like this.

http://www.amazon.com/Healthy-Travel-Water-Bottle-Dispenser/dp/B007JQLWTG/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1404056611&sr=8-6&keywords=dog+travel+water+bottle

It's great for longer trips, or if you are suddenly delayed or stuck in traffic. When my husband is driving, I often lean to the back seat and offer her water this way. :)