Traveling with Pet Passengers in Tow?

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Ruffin’ It on the Road

Planning on taking a trip? Why not make it fun for the whole family—four-leggers included? With more and more pet-friendly options for travelers, you don’t have to leave Rover or Princess behind this year. Before you hit the road, here are a few tips to help make your journey a little easier.

First Things First

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As you plan your trip, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to make sure that your pet’s vaccinations are up to date and he receives a clean bill of health. Ask your veterinarian about health concerns specific to where you’re traveling since problems like Lyme disease, certain parasites and fungal infections are more prevalent in some areas of the country.

Don’t Get Left Out in the Cold

Be sure to call your destination ahead of time and get information on pet policies. The last thing you’d want to do is arrive and find out that pets aren’t welcome! Check our list of pet-friendly Web sites that can help you narrow down your lodging options. After you’ve selected a place to stay, it’s a good idea to call the hotel or campsite to doublecheck their pet policies and find out what fees and restrictions may apply.

Rabies Recommendation

Particularly while traveling, you must be able to provide proof of your pet’s rabies vaccination status at all times. Depending on state regulations, a pet without proof of current vaccination may be quarantined.

Further Reading:

Flying the Furry Skies 
Each airline has different rules when it comes to traveling with pets, so be sure to do your research before booking your flight.

Air Travel Guidelines for Pets 
It’s imperative that you check each airline’s guidelines prior to boarding a plane.

Buckle Up!
Take these precautions to help protect you from distraction and your pet from injury.

Pet-Friendly Accommodations 
Wherever your destination takes you, plan ahead and make sure you have pet-friendly accommodations available. Here are a few resources to help get you started.

Travel Checklist
Keep this checklist handy when packing for your next trip.

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