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Traveling Land Air or Sea

If Traveling by Car:
  • Adequate water. Use a non-spill bowl for water. Because traveling may be upsetting to your pet's stomach, you may prefer to offer your pet a bowl of ice cubes, which are easier on him than large amounts of water.
  • Keep body parts inside. Never allow your pet to ride with its head out the window. Your pet can be injured by particles of debris or become ill from having cold air forced into its lungs.
  • Some restraint is best. If your pet cannot be held by someone in the car or confined by a harness (available from pet supply stores, by direct mail or online), get a well-ventilated pet carrier. Some type of restraint makes it safe for both the animals and the people in the car.
  • Give 'em a break. When you get out to stretch your legs, it is also a good idea to give your dog a chance to do the same. Make sure when you do, s/he is on a leash.
  • Don't leave alone. Under no circumstances should your pet be left unattended. Leaving your dog or cat in a parked car on a warm or cold day can endanger its life.

If Traveling by Air:

  • Get informed. Be sure to ask:
    • Can your cat or small dog accompany you on board?
    • If that option is not available to you, does the airline have any restrictions on transporting your pet as cargo?
    • Does the airline have any special pet health and immunization requirements?
    • Does the airline require a specific type of carrier?

If Traveling by Train or Ship:

Do your homework. With the exception of assistance dogs, only a few trains or cruise lines accept pets. Contact them in advance to find out about their policies.