How to Prepare for a Vacation with Your Pet

A pet dog on vacation, riding a surfboard with some cool pink shades!

The only thing better than taking a vacation is… taking a vacation with your pet in tow! Enjoying some quality time away together is a great way to strengthen your bond and enjoy some much-needed relaxation. Before you hop into the car or on a plane, your friends at Berkeley Veterinary Center want to give you some important pet vacation tips that will allow you to make the most of your time away together.

Get a Wellness Check

One of the most important tasks to complete before packing your bags is scheduling a routine wellness visit for your dog or cat. Your veterinarian will want to examine your dog or cat’s general health to ensure that your pet is in good shape for travel and up-to-date on all necessary vaccines and preventives. If you are traveling by plane, you will need to get a health certificate that verifies that your pet is healthy enough to fly. Check with the airline about their health certificate policies to know when you need to schedule your appointment.

Preparing for Vacationing with a Pet

When it comes to traveling with pets, preparation is vital for a smooth trip. Be sure to do the following as you prepare for your trip:

  • Get your pet microchipped and update collar tags with the correct contact information 
  • If traveling by plane, purchase a safe shipping crate and put your pet’s information on it
  • Purchase a well-ventilated crate for road trips
  • Bring plenty of food and water for road trips (more than you think you need) and a water bowl
  • Bring a quality leash and collar or harness 
  • Bring grooming supplies and waste bags 
  • Create a pet first-aid kit that includes some essential basics like gauze, hydrogen peroxide, an ice pack, and scissors. Talk to your vet about other important items to include

Ask for Help When You Need It

Traveling with a pet can come with many unexpected scenarios, which is why it is important to ask for help when you need it. During your wellness visit, ask your Berkeley Veterinary team for any tips to simplify your travels. We are here to help ensure that your pets are happy and healthy in any circumstance, including when you are far from home. Call ahead to hotels or planned rest stops to see if they have any special rules for furry guests. If you are traveling by plane, stay in contact with the flight crew so they remember that you are traveling with a pet in the cargo hold and can keep you updated on any changes with your pet during the flight.

Whether you are planning to take your pets on your summer trips or board them while you travel, be sure to schedule a wellness visit at Berkeley Veterinary Center. We are committed to working together to offer your pet the best care in Bayville.