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Traveling Safe with Pets During the Holidays

Traveling with your beloved pets can be an exciting but nerve-wracking endeavor. Whether you're hitting the road or taking to the skies, ensuring your pet’s safety and well-being is a top priority.  SODO Veterinary Hospital is here to provide helpful tips for stress-free travel, so you and your pet can make the most of the journey and the destination.

Pre-Travel Preparation 

Before you start packing your suitcase, there are a few important boxes to check for your pet. Preparation steps includes: 

  • Health Check: Ensure vaccinations are up-to-date and obtain a health certificate if necessary, especially for air travel. Refill any pet prescriptions before you leave. Schedule a visit to SODO Veterinary Hospital for a thorough check-up.

  • Identification: Ensure your pets have proper identification, including a collar with an updated ID tag and a microchip with your current contact information.

  • Travel Gear: Invest in appropriate carriers, crates, seat belts, or harnesses designed for pet safety during car or air travel.  Test them with your pet several times before leaving for your destination to check they're comfortable and secure, and to help them get accustomed to the new item. 

Car Travel Safety

Taking to the open road with your furry friend has many advantages, including the flexibility to make pit stops for leg stretches and  potty-breaks as needed. However, it's important to take the proper precautions:

  • Restraint: Always secure your pets while driving. Use a pet carriers or harness to prevent them from roaming freely in the car, which can be distracting and dangerous.

  • Comfort: Bring their favorite toy, blankets, and water to keep them comfortable and hydrated throughout the journey.

  • Frequent Breaks: Plan to stop for bathroom breaks, exercise, and hydration along your journey. 


Air Travel Tips

If you're flying with your cat or dog this holiday season, check these boxes as you plan your trip:

  • Choose the Right Airline: Research and choose airlines with pet-friendly policies and appropriate accommodations for your furry friends. Check the airline regulations such as carrier or crate dimensions and documentation requirements, set by the airline you’re traveling on.

  • Review Airport Policies and Terminal Maps: Know where designated Pet-Relief areas are located so you can plan layovers accordingly.

  • In-Cabin or Cargo: Decide whether your pet will travel in the cabin with you or in the cargo hold, depending on their size and the airline's policies.


Pet-Friendly Accommodations

Whether you're staying with family, at an Airbnb, or a hotel, consider the following:

  • Pet-Friendly Accommodations: Choose pet-friendly accommodations that welcome your furry companions. Check in advance for pet policies, fees, and any restrictions.

  • Designate a Safe Space: Bring your pet’s crate, bed, and favorite toys to give them a quiet space to retreat to if they need a break from the celebration.

  • Pet-Proofing: Take precautions to pet-proof your temporary home by removing potential hazards and bringing familiar items from your own home.

  • Local Veterinarians: Research nearby veterinary hospitals or clinics in case of emergencies or unexpected health issues.
Traveling with dogs and cats can be a rewarding experience, and with the right preparations and safety measures, you can ensure their well-being throughout the journey. Remember that the team at SODO Veterinary Hospital in Orlando, FL, is here to provide support, advice, and veterinary care to make your trip as smooth and enjoyable as possible. Safe travels with your furry family members!