Checklist for Pet Travel
1. Research your destination country's pet import requirements
- Is an import permit required?
- Is a microchip required?
- What vaccinations are required and when should they be administered?
- Is there a Blood Titer Test (RNATT) test required?
- Is an internal and internal parasite requirement?
- Is there a need to make quarantine arrangements?
- Must my pet arrive as manifest cargo?
- Check out pet import requirements on over 240 countries.
2. Get your pet's crate or carrier and start working on acclimation
- Pet carrier must have waterproof bottom, adequate ventilation and be secure. Your pet must be able to stand up and turn around in its carrier.
- Pet crate for larger cats and dogs (or those traveling in a cargo hold) must have a waterproof bottom, spring lock, adequate ventilation and meet other IATA requirements. Read pet crate requirements.
- Put lots of familiar things in the crate or carrier including something with your scent.
- Encourage your pet to rest and nap in its carrier bottom
- Leave the door open so your pet can go in and out of the crate or carrier
- Take them for drives or walks to someplace fun in their crate or carrier
- Spend time praising your pet for loving their crate or carrier.
3. Schedule a visit to see your veterinarian
- Check for health
- Have your pet microchipped with a 15 digit ISO 11784/11785 microchip before vaccination if necessary
- Verify rabies vaccination expiration
- Discuss any titer test or other testing that must be done
3. Check airline or roadway routes
- Check for road construction or traffic issues if traveling on the ground. Set your route in a routing device such as Garmin or in your smart phone if you have one.
- If you are flying, stay clear of airports that are more challenging to transit (London, Taiwan, Australia, China)
- Keep layovers to 2 hours if possible.
- Do not change airlines - changing planes is ok; changing airline companies is not.
4. Research Pet Friendly Hotels and Services
- Find a great pet friendly hotel and contact them prior to booking online to verify their pet policies. Most times, booking online will give you the best prices.
- Find an animal hospital nearby in case of emergencies and bring along the information.
- Find pet friendly parks and restaurants nearby so you and your pet can enjoy your stay.
5. Get your pet's supplies
Plan to bringing some or all of the following pet supplies:
- leash and collar
- name tag (with your cell phone number on it)
- picture of you and your pet (in case you should be separated)
- bottled water and a portable water dish
- supply of sealed pet food, dish, and spoon
- dog or cat treats (all good pets deserve a treat now and then)
- toys (save a special chew bone for the trip in the car)
- medication (including eye and ear drops, ear powder, tweezers for removing burrs, and any pills or vitamins your pet may be taking)
- pet harness for riding in the car (pets need to be "buckled up for safety")
- An old sheet or two for covering up hotel furniture that your pet may jump up on
- plastic bags for picking up after your pet
6. Schedule a trip to the groomer
- A clean pet will be a comfortable pet. Help them put their best paw forward on their trip.
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