Traveling with Your Pets
Can't bear a trip without your pet? Try these tips:
Traveling by car:
Traveling by plane:
- Take short practice drives with your pet beforehand.
- Bring your pet's bed so he feels secure.
- Never leave your pet alone. Even when you're pumping gas, bring him outside on a leash.
- Invest in a pet carrier or animal seat belt, which will help avoid injuries.
No matter how you're getting there:
- The minimum age for pets is eight weeks.
- Research your airline's pet policies, including
check-in time, boarding fees (from $75), and height and weight restrictions.
- Size permitting, bring your animal on board in a carrier and stow under the seat.
- Bring plenty of water and your pet's favorite food. Changing brands, flavors, or consistencies can cause digestive problems.
- Have an extra supply of your pet's medicines.
- Keep a copy of your pet's most recent medical records with you, especially if he is old or ill.
Got a pesky pooch? A moody mutt? Celebrity pet expert and Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan can help! Send your animal-behavior question -- along with a photo of your dog -- to email@example.com. We might feature your story in an upcoming issue.
Originally published in the December 2008 issue of Family Circle magazine.