Make sure your pet has a microchip for identification and is wearing a collar and ID tag. Breakaway collars are best for cats. The collar should also include destination information in case your pet escapes.
Make sure to plan ahead for storms. If you need to evacuate or travel during a storm, below are some packing suggestions:
- Medications and medical records (in a waterproof container)
- A leash
- A collar or harness for each pet
- Non-spill food and water dishes
- 14-day supply of food, water in nonbreakable containers
- A manual can opener
- Grooming supplies
- Your pet’s blanket and a favorite toy
- Cleanser and disinfectant to handle wastes
- Newspapers or litter, paper towels and plastic bags
When it comes to H2O, we say bring your own. Opt for bottled water or tap water stored in plastic jugs. Drinking water from an area he’s not used to could result in an upset stomach for your pet.
Traveling across state lines or out of the country? Bring along your pet’s rabies vaccination record, as some states requires this proof at certain interstate crossings. While this generally isn’t a problem, it’s always smart to be on the safe side.
We know your dog loves it, but…don’t allow your pet to ride with his/her head outside the window! He/she could be injured by flying objects. And please keep him/her in the back seat in his/her crate or with a harness attached to a seat buckle.
Never leave your animal alone in a parked vehicle. On a hot day, even with the windows open, a parked automobile can become a furnace in no time, and heatstroke can develop. In cold weather, a car can act as a refrigerator, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.
Your pet’s travel-feeding schedule should start with a light meal three to four hours prior to departure. Don’t feed your furry friend in a moving vehicle—even if it is a long drive
Get your pet geared up for a long trip by taking him on a series of short drives first, gradually lengthening time spent in the car. And please be sure to always secure the crate so it won’t slide or shift in the event of a quick stop.
Keep your pets safe and secure in a well-ventilated crate or carrier. There are a variety of wire mesh, hard plastic and soft-sided carriers available. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in. And P.S., it’s smart to get your pet used to the carrier in the comfort of your home before your trip!