Tips for traveling with your pets

Monday, 15 October 2018 14:49

National Walk Your Dog Week

If you haven't already, now is the time to start making travel arrangements for your pets during the holidays. Whether you're traveling by car or plane, our helpful hints will make sure your pets stay comfortable and happy!


Plan Ahead

Before deciding to take your cat or dog with you for the holidays, it's good to ask yourself if your pet will be happy. Many pets prefer to stay in the comfort of their own home, and a pet that is anxious or car sick is never fun. If you think your pet would prefer to stay at home, we can recommend reliable pet sitters or boarding facilities. Many boarding facilities book up quickly , so we recommend making your pet's reservation as soon as possible. If you need a place for your cat to stay, we offer cat boarding. Contact us to find out more!

Traveling by Plane

If you are traveling by plane, your pet will need a health certificate completed within 10 days of travel. If you are flying internationally, you'll want to familiarize yourself with your arriving countries' entry requirements and plan well ahead of your departure date. Your airline will also have specific requirements for pet travel.  To find out more about your arriving countries' entry requirements, visit the USDA APHIS website here. You can call our clinic to find out more information or to schedule your pet's health certificate.


You'll want to make sure that your pet is up to date on vaccines prior to traveling. Most boarding kennels require certain vaccines to help keep your dog protected against disease. If you're not sure the status of your pet's vaccines, give us a call and we can let you know.


If your pet is on medication, you will want to make sure you have enough for while you're away. Many pharmacies are closed during the holidays, and the last thing you want is to run out of a critical medication. If you need a refill, please contact our clinic.


If your pet is microchipped, is your registration information up to date?  You can stop by our clinic at any time and have your pet scanned for a microchip. We can also inform you with whom the microchip is registered so you can contact the registration company and make sure all the information they have is accurate.