Traveling with Pets: Get Started on the Right Paw

More and more furry friends are included in getaway plans these days. Whether pets travel with you or stay home, there are many things to consider:

Consult your veterinarian. Make sure vaccinations, health certificates, and identification tags are current, and that you have a full supply of necessary medications.

Prevent motion sickness by limiting food or water before you depart and while the vehicle is in motion. Schedule breaks every four hours for your pet stretch and answer nature’s call.

Put safety first. Pets should be confined to the back seat, in a carrier or harness attached to a seat belt. To minimize risk of injury, don’t let your dog stick his head out the window.

Never leave an animal in a parked car, even if the windows are partially open. Even on a pleasant day, temperatures inside a car can soar to over 100 degrees in a matter of minutes.

Research airline animal transport and welfare policies. Confirm regulations and fees in advance and prepare accordingly. Book flights when the temperature is cooler.

Make sure your pet is permitted at hotels, campgrounds, beaches, and anywhere else you will be visiting. Keep your pet on a leash to prevent wandering off in unfamiliar surroundings.

If you leave your pet at home, research the options and make reservations early. Choose a trusted friend or family member, respected boarding facility, or professional pet sitter.

Before you make travel plans, consider the needs of your pets and let AAA help you get started. Get a copy of Traveling with Your Pet: The AAA PetBook® for pet-friendly lodging and activities, or let our vacation planners help you pick the purr-fect destination and make all the arrangements.

Both at home and on the road, we have discount partners for all your pet needs, including grooming, pet sitters, food and toys, and more. Try our mobile app for a complete list of discounts wherever your travels may take you. Use your AAA card for all it’s worth, and your membership can pay for itself.

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