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TRAVELING WITH PETS

Follow our advice for a smooth travel experience for pets and their parents

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•Get up-to-date vet records and keep them in a folder on your person; you may be asked to produce these at any time (the rabies vaccinatio­n record is an absolute must).

•If you’re traveling to an unfamiliar area, ask your vet to recommend a vet in that location. Research the pet ERs in the area as well.

•Have your pet microchipp­ed. Be sure to provide two current phone numbers as your contact informatio­n and upload a photo of your pet.

•Make sure your pet wears a collar and tag imprinted with your name and phone number, as well as a temporary travel tag with your destinatio­n phone.

•Ask your vet if sedatives are an option for your pet. •Line your pet’s carrier with a comfy blanket or pad and bring along a favorite toy; make sure they’ve relieved themselves before loading them in.

•Fill a backpack with necessitie­s such as pee pads, poop bags, paper plates, plastic bowls and wet food (must follow the liquids rule for carry-ons) when traveling by plane. If traveling by car, bring cats a disposable litter box for every day of the trip.

•Make sure your hotel accepts pets, and call ahead to verify the pet policy. When you arrive, inform them about your pet and ask about the nearest relief areas.

•Always keep the “do not disturb” sign on your hotel room door when your pet is out of its carrier. •Keep your pet in its carrier any time you are not in your hotel room, but if you know you’re going to be in petfriendl­y areas, take them along.

•If traveling by plane, book a direct flight whenever possible. Unless your pet is small enough to ride under your seat, it’s best to avoid air travel with your pets.

•Check with the airlines far in advance to see if they have any species and breed restrictio­ns.

•Know the regulation­s for traveling with support animals.

•Never leave your pet alone in a parked vehicle, no matter what the weather.

•Be a responsibl­e pet parent and always clean up after your pet.

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