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Things to Consider Before Traveling With Your Pet 

Dear Mittens' Pets + Travel Event: Key Takeaways 

Dear Mittens' Pets + Travel Event: Key Takeaways 

We had so much fun hosting our Pets + Travel event this month. Thank you to everyone who came out to learn more about planning a safe and enjoyable travel experience with your pet.

If you missed the event or would like to refresh your memory about what we spoke about, check out the Key Takeaways (as well as a special gift) from the event below!

- Preparation Is Key -

  • The more information you can bring to your veterinarian before going on your trip, the better.
  • The preparation needed for your pet varies greatly by destination. Sometimes you need to begin preparing 6 months in advance.
  • Do test runs simulating the traveling experience. Put your animal in their carrier for extended periods of time. Take them on trips in the Subway.
  • Get to the airport early. TSA Pre-Check is highly recommended. If shipping your pet as cargo, find out the address of the drop-off location ahead of time.
  • Get all vaccinations because it is unclear what new types of illness your pet will encounter during the trip.
  • If traveling to the UK, it may be wise to fly into another country and driving to the UK, since dogs in the cabin are strictly prohibited in flights to the UK.
  • Find out where your airport’s animal relief areas are located.
  • Use ipata.org to find reputable pet transportation resources.

- Know Your Pet -

  • It is inhumane to travel with a pet who is unprepared to deal with conditions of traveling. Make sure they are ready.
  • If your animal seems ill, it's best not to travel because stress will exacerbate their illness. Ask your vet if your pet is well enough to travel.
  • Perhaps traveling by boat or cruise is the right choice for you and your animal.

- Act With Caution -

  • Get pet insurance.
  • Have more than enough supplies for your pet than you think is necessary.
  • ADVOCATE FOR YOUR PET!
  • If your pet is being shipped as cargo, do not give them anxiety medication, don’t put anything in their carriers, and remove their collar so they won’t accidentally choke.
  • Emotional Support Animal status may not be recognized in other countries. Understand the guidelines.
  • Always ship your dog as cargo (as opposed to bringing them on the plane), if there is even a slight chance they will bite someone.
  • Schedule flights during midday in the winter and during the early morning and night during the summer, since those times have the mildest weather conditions.
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