GNFP Tips for Happy Traveling & Happy Travelers


Goodnewsforpets actively promotes pet safety year round, whether it’s in emergencies or daily activities with your pet. January 2nd is National Pet Travel Safety Day, and this year Goodnewsforpets has compiled some information any pet owner should have for safe travel.

Safety First

You restrain yourself in a vehicle, why shouldn’t you do the same for your pet! It’s not safe for your pet to sit in your lap or unrestrained while in a vehicle. Purchase a properly-sized safety harness or travel crate for their and your safety, cats can get under pedals and dogs can become frantic or distracting. Practice with your pet in their travel harness/crate prior to traveling.

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Essentials and home comforts such as bedding, toys, food and water are all important to making your pet feel comfortable and safe. Be sure to pack a leash and litter box, one for each furry traveler. If it’s a long trip, try to plan opportunities for regular walking breaks for your dog. It’s important to remember any medication your pet might need, extra than what is needed for the trip, if possible.

Travel Healthy

Consideration of weather during travel should be considered, keep pets warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Do NOT leave pets unattended in the car. Make sure your pet is up to date with veterinary care and shots. Check restrictions on disease control and breed travel in your planned destination. Keep a pet first aid in the car or travel vehicle and consider looking into pet CPR for emergency situations. Make sure you pet’s tag is clearly displayed at all times with up to date information, and the information associated with your pet’s microchip if applicable. Have a name and phone number for an emergency veterinarian in your destination.

Not a Happy Traveler?

While your dog or cat will miss you, many would rather stay at home than go on long trips. Consider hiring a pet sitter or using a local kennel. Introduce the kennel a few times leading up to a big vacation for a day trip or overnight. It will help them learn that just because you are gone, it doesn’t mean you aren’t coming back.

Pet Travel Check List:

  • Properly-sized crate or harness
  • Food
  • Water
  • Toys
  • Bedding
  • Collar
  • Leash
  • Litter box
  • Pet first aid kit
  • Name and phone number of your current vet AND a vet in your destination

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