Travel Tips for Pets

Small dog maltese sitting in the suitcase or bag wearing sunglasses and waiting for a trip

Many of us travel during the holiday season to be closer to friends and family. If you’re planning on bringing your pet along for the trip, there are many ways you can prepare ahead of time. Below are five essential tips to make sure your pet has a safe, happy and healthy holiday:

  • Make sure your pet is up-to-date on its vaccinations. Most states require dogs and cats to have an up-to-date rabies vaccination. If you’re traveling with your cat or dog via airplane, many companies require a recent health certificate from a veterinarian that ensures a pet is healthy to travel, and includes proof of vaccinations. If you need to get your pet vaccinated, The Animal Foundation offers low-cost vaccines at our clinic seven days a week! 
  • Make sure your pet has a collar, ID tag, and microchip. There’s a lot of hustle and bustle during the holidays, and while we hope you never lose your furry friend, we also know that things happen. That’s why it’s important to make sure your pet is equipped with:
      • A collar and ID tag that can help identify the pet is owned, and increase the chances of reuniting you with your furry friend if he or she becomes lost.
      • A microchip with up-to-date registration information. If your dog or cat is found, any animal shelter or veterinarian can scan your pet for a microchip and contact you directly, which greatly increases your chances of being reunited! The Animal Foundation offers microchipping for $20, and registration of your microchip is free through
  • Assemble a pet travel bag. Make sure you have everything you need to keep your pet as comfortable as possible during the trip. Items in a travel bag might include food, water and a dish, treats, favorite toys, clothing or a blanket that smells like home for the pet’s carrier, medications and a first aid kit. Travel bags for cats should also include a disposable litter box, litter, and litter scoop.
  • Secure pet-friendly accommodations. If you’re planning on staying in a hotel, make sure you find one that is pet-friendly and book early to ensure a space for your furry friend. Click here to search pet-friendly hotels.
  • Consider letting your pet stay home. Traveling with a pet can be stressful for an owner and your pet. While spending the holidays with the whole family can be great, it might be worth it to consider leaving your dog or cat at home if they aren’t as enthusiastic about traveling as you are. Think about what is in your pet’s best interest and if traveling will be too stressful for them, find a qualified pet sitter to care for them while you’re away.

We hope you and your pets have a happy and healthy holiday season. Safe travels!