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Happy trails + waggin' tails: Your checklist for stress-free travel with pets
Happy trails + waggin' tails: Your checklist for stress-free travel with pets

We made a list (and we’ve checked it twice) to ensure your pet's safety while traveling.

Updated over a week ago

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Traveling with your furry friend can be a delightful experience, but it's important to be prepared for any unexpected emergencies that may arise. Whether you're going on a road trip or flying to a new destination, having a pet travel checklist can help you ensure your pet's safety and well-being. Here's a comprehensive list of items to include:

1. Pet Identification

  • Make sure your pet's collar has an up-to-date ID tag with your contact information.

  • Details of your pet's insurance or microchip registration

  • Ensure your pet's microchip details are registered and updated with your current contact information.

2. Medical Records

  • Carry copies of your pet's vaccination records, including proof of rabies vaccination.

  • Bring any relevant medical history, especially if your pet has pre-existing conditions or allergies.

  • Pack an ample supply of any medications your pet needs and ensure they are clearly labeled.

  • Include a list of your pet's prescription medications, dosages, and administration instructions.

  • Have the contact information for your regular veterinarian and any 24-hour emergency veterinary clinics along your route or at your destination.

3. First Aid Kit for Pets

  • Gauze, bandages, and adhesive tape

  • Tweezers for removing splinters or debris from your pet's paws

  • Scissors

  • Antiseptic wipes

  • Digital thermometer

  • Pet-safe disinfectant

  • Cotton balls or swabs

  • Eye wash or saline solution

  • Blanket or towel

  • Pet first aid book for reference

4. Food and Water

  • Sufficient pet food for the duration of your trip, plus extra in case of delays

  • Portable food and water bowls

  • Bottled water, especially if you're unsure about the water quality at your destination

5. Leash, Harness, and Carrier

  • Secure, well-fitting leash and harness

  • Safety harness or seat belt attachment if traveling by car

  • Airline-approved carrier if flying

  • Carrier or crate that is properly ventilated and comfortable for your pet

  • Blanket or familiar bedding to soothe your pet

6. Waste Cleanup

  • Poop bags for cleaning up after your dog

  • Cat litter and a portable litter box for cats

7. Comfort and Entertainment

  • Favorite toys or comfort items to keep your pet calm and entertained

  • A familiar blanket or piece of clothing that smells like home

  • Weather-appropriate gear, such as a coat for cold weather or booties to protect paws from hot pavement

  • Portable fan or cooling mat for hot weather

8. Travel Documents

  • Pet passport, if applicable

  • Health certificate issued by your veterinarian if crossing international borders

9. Contact Information

  • Contact information for local veterinarians, emergency clinics, and animal shelters at your travel destination

10. Emergency Supplies

  • Flashlight and extra batteries

  • Basic tools for minor repairs or adjustments to your pet's crate or carrier

  • Phone charger or portable power bank

Having a well-prepared pet travel checklist can make all the difference in ensuring your pet's safety and well-being while traveling. It's essential to be proactive and anticipate potential emergencies to keep your furry companion safe and comfortable during your journey.

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