Dog Transport &
Taking your dog on the family vacation can make for a great
trip, if you plan carefully. Whether you're using a
transport service or doing it yourself, it's important
to keep some of this in mind when traveling with your pets.
Are you traveling by car, plane, train, bus, or boat? How
long will the trip take? Will you be staying with family or
friends, or at a hotel or motel? Is your dog in good health?
are some of the questions you will need to answer to help
make your trip safe and fun for both you and your loved
A crate or harness that attaches to the seat belt should be
used for your dog's safety when traveling. Crates and
harnesses are available from most pet supply stores. Be sure
to provide plenty of water and a favorite toy to make your
dog as comfortable as possible. Also, be sure the crate...
large enough to allow the dog to stand, turn and lie
secured to the vehicle
strong, with handles or grips, and free of interior
leak-proof bottom covered with plenty of absorbent
ventilation on opposing sides, with exterior rims or
knobs to prevent blocked airflow
"LIVE ANIMAL" label, arrows upright, with owner's name,
address and phone number
By Car -
When traveling by car, be sure to keep your dog comfortable.
Bring along a favorite toy to make your dog feel secure. If
it's hot, open car windows to provide sufficient
ventilation. Do not let your dog stick its head out of the
window; this may lead to eye or ear injuries. Also, do not
let your dog travel in the back of an open pickup truck.
Your dog could be injured in an accident. To help prevent
motion sickness in your dog, take several short trips in the
car before your journey. Also, feed your dog lightly before
the trip, about one-third the normal amount.
By Plane -
When traveling by plane, plan to visit your veterinarian
before your trip. Certification of health must be provided
no more than 10 days before travel. Rabies and vaccination
certificates are also required. Your dog should be at least
8 weeks old and weaned.
Airlines make it clear that it is the owner's responsibility
to verify the dog's health and ability to fly. Ask your
veterinarian if it would be best for your dog to be
tranquilized for the trip. Also be sure to check the
temperature of the flight's starting point and destination;
it may be too hot or too cold to be safe for your dog.
Federal regulations prohibit shipping live animals as excess
baggage or cargo if an animal will be exposed to
temperatures that are below 45°F or above 85°F for more than
four hours during departure, arrival, or while making
Remember that each airline has its own variations on
regulations and services. For example, if your crate doesn't
meet its requirements, the airline may not allow you to use
it. They may, however, allow your dog in the passenger cabin
if your crate or carrier fits under the seat in front of
When making your reservations, you must make reservations
for your dog. There are restrictions on the number of
animals permitted. They are accepted on a first-come,
By Train, Bus and Boat -
If you decide to travel by train, you may be disappointed.
Amtrak does not allow pets of any kind, including dogs.
permitted.) Local and commuter trains have their own
Travel by bus may be equally disappointing. Greyhound and
other bus companies that travel interstate are not allowed
to carry live animals, including dogs. (Service dogs
permitted.) Local bus companies have their own policies.
Federal law (Americans with Disabilities Act) allows equal
access to all "Service Dogs" (ie., hearing assistance,
mobility assistance, etc.). It is crucial if you are
traveling with a service dog to alert the carrier that you
are coming with a service dog so that they may accommodate
you with special seating, if available. If you travel with a
service dog, you need to know those laws and carry a copy of
the law with you and the number for the ADA office in the
U.S. Department of Justice, (800) 514-0301 (voice) and (800)
514-0383 (TDD). You may come across a gate agent, ticket
seller, conductor, etc. who does not know the law.
If you're taking a cruise, you may be in luck. For example,
the QE2 luxury cruiser, which sails from New York to
England/France, provides special lodging and free meals for
Check with the cruise line or ship that you are planning to
use for its policies. Smaller ships will usually not be able
to accommodate your dog.
If you plan to stay at a hotel or motel, be sure to find out
in advance if it allows dogs because many do not.
If your dog is allowed to stay at your hotel or motel,
respect the privacy of other guests. Keep your dog as quiet
Beware of leaving your dog unattended. Many dogs bark or
destroy property in a strange place.
Prevent any possibility of unwanted messes or an escape.
Keep your dog in its crate at night or if you must, leave it
in your room alone. Also, ask where you should walk your
dog, and be sure to clean up after your dog.
Please remember, for hotels to continue to accept guests
with dogs, it is important to respect hotel property, staff
and fellow guests.
International travel involves much more than interstate
travel. Each country has its own rules and regulations. Many
countries have a quarantine period. Check with the embassy
or consulate of the country of your destination for details.
Check with the embassy or consulate of the country of your
destination for details.
Other Helpful Tips
However you travel, keep these tips in mind:
sure your dog has a sturdy leash and collar. The collar
should have identification tags, a license and proof of
rabies vaccinations. Your home phone number should be on
the tags as well.
may want to consider a permanent form of ID (such as a
microchip or tattoo) that can increase the likelihood of
reuniting you with your dog if it gets lost far from
recent pictures of your dog with you. If you are
accidentally separated, these pictures will help local
authorities find your dog.
the phone number of your veterinarian and any special
medication your dog needs. Some dogs can't adjust to
abrupt changes in diet, so pack your dog's regular food,
bowls and a cooler of water.
you think you might need to board your dog at some point
during your travels, be sure to bring your dog's
complete vaccination records.
Please visit our
Frequently Asked Questions Page for more info.
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may better meet your individual pet shipping needs.
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