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      Traveling with Pets


     If you want to have your pet travel with you, or if you're moving to a new location here are some helpful travel tips:  

 

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Air Travel Checklist

  • When travelling by air with your dog/cat - PREPARE - contact the country where you will be travelling at least 3 months prior to find out rules governing that country. Ensure that you are able to meet these requirements and specifications. Pay attention to detail: ensure that your vet's full name and #'s are on each document and that they also add your pet's microchip type and #.
  • If you decide to ship your pet by air, make reservations and arrangements ahead of time regarding delivery to and pickup from the airports. Carefully schedule boarding and shipping arrangements for your pet to assure that the pet is well cared for until you are able to receive it at your destination. Boarding may be necessary. Follow airline instructions.
  • Check the airline's requirements to see if your pet can travel in a carrier that can be kept under a seat in the cabin or must travel by air freight.
  • Consider sending smaller pets such as birds, hamsters, gerbils, and tropical fish by air express. Airline freight departments, pet stores, or department stores can supply shipping containers. Tropical fish should be packed by a local pet shop specializing in tropical fish.
  • Obtain a shipping container a week or two in advance. Familiarize your pet with it by placing the pet in it for a few minutes each day. Gradually lengthen the time until the pet seems to be at ease with it.
  • Feed the pet no less than five or six hours before flight time. Give the pet a drink of water no less than two hours before flight.
  • Get the pet to the air terminal in time. Get there 45 minutes in advance if the pet is accompanying you. If shipping the pet, get to the flight terminal two hours in advance of your flight.
  • Be certain that names, addresses, and telephone numbers of the persons responsible for the pet at origination and destination are clearly marked on the container and on the pet's identification tag. Label your pet's flight kennel with the same information. Add "Live Animal" in big letters and information about any special care requirements.
  • Notify the person receiving the pet that it is on the way. Give them the flight and waybill number.
  • Pets can usually be picked up within 90 minutes of flight arrival. The air waybill number is useful when inquiring.
Travel By Car Checklist
  • If your dog or cat is not used to traveling by car, make short trips with the pet a week or two in advance of the trip to accustom it to motion and to teach it how to behave.
  • Dogs should be taught to lie quietly, keep their heads inside, and not annoy the driver or passengers. Don't let your dog stick his head in the wind. It can irritate eyes and cause problems.
  • Cats are often frightened by car travel, but some cats adjust quickly. Some persons allow the cat to find its own place in the car; others feel it is best to confine a cat to its carrier.
  • Folding kennels or crates especially designed for station wagons can be most useful for dogs and cats.
  • Accustom your pet to being on a leash and harness. Always use the leash when traveling. Even better is a pet harness (available at most pet stores) that connects to the car's seatbelt; it allows the pet some movement while keeping it safely restrained. Your pets can bolt into traffic or become lost in a strange place if not properly restrained.
  • If stopping overnight, check in advance to find a motel that will permit your pet to spend the night.
  • Be sure that your pet is properly tagged and its rabies tag firmly attached.
  • Pet travel kit: pet food, food and water dishes, can opener (if needed), a few treats, a favorite toy, a blanket, comb or brush.
  • Also, to be on the safe side: a sedative (if prescribed by your veterinarian), paper towels, spray room deodorant if you will be staying overnight at a hotel or motel, a scooper and plastic bag to clean up after your pet.

  • When the pet has arrived at its new destination, you will find that your pet has the same problems adjusting as you do. It must learn the way around the house and neighborhood. The pet must meet new neighbors, both animals and humans. It must adjust to new water and climate, and must learn where it can and cannot go.

    It is advisable to keep the pet within the home until it realizes that this is a HOME and not a temporary residence (even though it may be your vacation destination). It may wander off and try to find the former residence. This is especially true of cats; they should be confined for several weeks.

    Make the animal feel at home by using familiar dishes, blanket, toys, and other items. Check with your neighbors to determine any special problems your pet might encounter, for example, the neighborhood grouch. Also, make a particular effort to keep your dog inside on garbage collection day. There are better ways to meet your neighbors than over a garbage can upset by your dog.

    If you carefully plan your vacation with your pet, you may make a smooth transition from your old to new destination But be prepared for the unexpected; it can and probably will happen.

Entry Requirements

  • If your destination is across state lines, nearly every state has laws on the entry of animals, with the exception of tropical fish. For information, call or write to the State Veterinarian, State Department of Animal Husbandry, or other appropriate authority.
  • Interstate health certificates must accompany dogs and horses entering nearly all states. About half have the same requirements for other pets. In some cases, this certificate must be in the hands of the state regulatory agency in advance of the entry.
  • All but four states require an up-to-date rabies inoculation for dogs and many require it for cats. The rabies tag must be securely attached to the pet's collar. Hawaii requires that cats and dogs be quarantined for 120 days.
  • Some pets must have an entry permit issued by the destination state's regulatory agency. Receipt of the interstate health certificate may be required before the permit can be issued. Some states limit the time during which the entry permit is valid.
  • A few states have border inspections of all animals being transported; others have random inspection by highway patrol officers. State agriculture representatives are usually present at airports to inspect pets arriving by air.
Local Laws

    Local communities have pet control and licensing ordinances. In some cases, the number of dogs and cats per residence is limited. Large animals, such as ponies and horses, may be prohibited. Be sure to check with the city clerk or town hall for specific information.

Additional Tips

  • If the pet travels with you, it will retain a sense of identity. However, pets can become frightened and bolt away from you out of open doors and windows. Keep your pet on a leash when outside your car or hotel.
  • Whether your pet travels with you or by another means it should wear a special identification tag in addition to its regular one. Write the pet's name, your name, the person to contact at the destination, their phone number, a destination address, or that of a friend or relative, in case you want to be reached.
  • Except for seeing eye dogs accompanying blind persons, pets are not permitted on buses and trains. Notify the airline, bus, or train company that a seeing eye dog is accompanying you.
  • Consult with your veterinarian concerning mild sedation of your pet during the trip.