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Tips for making summer travel with your pet easier

Written by

Pam Hardman


Published on: Jul 02, 2019

Tips for making summer travel with your pet easier

Now that summer’s here, you may be planning a visit to a family cabin a few hours away or heading across the country for a summer adventure. Trips can be fun for the whole family but it’s important to make some extra considerations if you’re taking your dog or cat along with you.

Tips for longer road trips

  1. Pack enough food and water for the whole trip. You may pass convenience or grocery stores on the way but don’t count on those places to stock the food your pet is used to. It’s not a good idea to introduce a new food while on the road as it could upset your pet’s stomach, leading to a sick pet and a messy car.

  2. Start slow and build up to longer trips. Many pets are comfortable riding in the car for short distances, but a long road trip is another matter. Start by doing some practice runs. Take your dog or cat on a longer ride than usual and have them sit as they would during the trip. Remember, pets (like people) can get carsick too so it’s important to prepare for that.

  3. For their safety and yours, use proper restraints while traveling. For dogs, this means riding in a carrier or a safety restraint system designed especially for dogs. For cats, this means they ride in a carrier they’re used to that’s secured to the seat or placed on the floor.

  4. Make overnight arrangements in advance. If you’ll be staying in hotels along the way, you’ll need to make sure wherever you stay is pet-friendly. Searching for a hotel room that’s both available and pet-friendly is probably the last thing you’ll want to do after a long day of driving.

  5. Check with your vet to make sure your pet is fit for travel. Older pets or pets who have medical conditions may not be good travel companions. Always check with your vet to make sure there are no concerns with taking your pet on a long car ride and/or having them stay for a distance away from a veterinary clinic for a prolonged period.

Our friends at Sonnet have more tips for traveling with your pet by car.

Dos and Don’ts for the airplane

If your summer vacations mean you’re traveling with your pet by plane, keep these things in mind.


  • Take your pet out of his or her carrier and send the case through the screening equipment

  • Go through the metal detector with your pet in your arms

  • Be mindful and responsible for your pet’s behaviour during the screening process

  • Contact the airline in advance to make sure you’re aware of the policy for traveling with pets


  • Hand your pet to a security screening officer to hold while you go through security

  • Put your pet on the conveyor belt

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