Summer Travel Tips With Your Pets

Summer is a great time to pack up the family and head out to explore new places. If you are going to include your pets in the adventures, here are a few tips to help make it go smoothly.

Visit Your Vet First

Traveling into other countries or by plane? You will need to provide proof that your pet’s vaccines are up to date as well as a vet health certificate. If your pet requires special medications, you will want to make sure you don’t run out while on vacation. You may also want to take this time to get your pet microchipped, in the event you are separated from them.

Fly the Pet Friendly Skies

You may be shopping for airfare on price alone, but that may not include the best option for your pet. Selecting an airline carrier that caters to your pets will ensure they enjoy the trip as well. Think: Jet Blue, KLM, Virgin, United, and Lufthansa, after all, they have been successfully transporting pets for years.

Update Their ID Tags and Collar

Along with microchipping, you will want to make sure your pets ID tags reflect your current contact information while you are away, in the event of accidental separation. This is also a great time to make sure their collar and leash work properly to avoid breakage or getting lost.

Remember To Pack For Your Pet

Along with all the items you and your family will need while away, don’t forget to pack the essentials for your pet including their bedding, food, snacks, toys, bowls, medications, etc.

Choose Pet Friendly Facilities

When bringing a pet on vacation, it is important to select places that your pet is allowed to stay in as well. Never try to sneak your pet into a place that doesn’t allow animals and NEVER leave them in a car! Choosing hotels or other amenities that welcome pets will ensure your whole family can enjoy their time away together safely. Try to keep a similar schedule for your pets feeding and walks as well to help minimize anxiety.

Family getaways are a wonderful way to build lasting memories for your family and including your pet is always a great option if you plan properly. Give us a call today at 703-356-5000 to schedule your getaway appointment for your pet with your McLean, VA veterinarian.