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Dog Travel Safety: 6 Ways To Keep Your Dog Safe On Vacation

Dog travel safety may be the first thing that comes to mind when you’re planning to take your furry companion along with you on a trip. You might be wondering: is it safe to travel with my dog? Can they get lost or hurt if they come with me to another city or to another country?

These are all valid concerns, but don’t let them keep you from traveling with your pooch! The risk is never zero but with the right preparation, you can feel assured that you and your pup will have a safe and pleasant trip. Keep scrolling for our trusted tips and recommendations! dog travel safety

1. Visit the Vet

Take your dog to the vet a few days before the trip. Have the vet perform a physical examination and check to make sure your pup’s vaccinations are up to date. Request a copy of your dog’s health certificate to carry with you while traveling.


2. Verify Microchip Information

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We believe using a microchip is critical when traveling and checking that the information is correct ahead of time is of the utmost importance. If you haven’t microchipped your pooch, be sure to put a visible dog tag on their collar with their name and your contact information in case of an emergency.


3. Always Keep Your Dog in Sight

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Be aware that a new environment may cause your pup to be stressed or nervous (and that’s totally normal!). In fact, while traveling, your dog might think that they’re lost and want to return home. The best way to curb the nerves? Always keep your pup in plain sight and constantly interact with them to make them feel safe. Bringing along treats and their favorite toys will also help!


4. If Traveling by Car…

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Use a kennel or cage where your dog can play with a ball or chew on a bone. This gives them a sense of safety and security.  Alternatively, you can use a leash or harness, depending on your dog’s size, character, and comfort being in a vehicle. Attach their harness to a doggy seat belt or keep them in a comfy car seat like this one. We also recommend car seat covers to dog-proof your car. It’s important to stop every two to three hours to allow your dog to potty and eat (especially if it’s their first time traveling by car). It’s not advisable to feed them with the car in motion! Just like humans, dogs can get car sick.

Caution! According to Pet Health Network, you should never allow your dog to travel with his head hanging out of the window because he could easily get hurt in a collision with a passing motorcycle or bicyclist.

And never, ever leave your dog in the car alone. Temperatures can fluctuate and your dog could suffocate.


5. If Traveling by Plane…

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The truth is, traveling on an airplane is a very stressful situation for most pets. Pet air travel is not uncommon, especially in the United States, but we highly advise that you know your dog as you will be the one to determine whether or not they can handle flying. The safest way for your dog to fly is in the cabin as carry-on luggage, if that is an option. Due to regulations, not all pups will be allowed in the cabin with you. If they fly cargo, be sure to check if the cargo and baggage area are climate-controlled. We suggest avoiding flights during hot summer months and arranging for direct flights. If your dog is prone to respiratory issues, we would recommend to avoid flying altogether. Finally, please seek professional medical advice before flying with your dog. For more information, check out this article.


6. Keep an Emergency Kit Handy

Always keep a dog emergency travel kit on hand, complete with medications, wound treatments, and an antihistamine if they develop allergies upon arrival. For more top picks of dog travel essentials, check out our previous post “Don’t Forget These 11 Essentials In Your Doggy Travel Bag“.


A big part of dog travel safety is carrying all necessary essentials on the trip and planning ahead.

This includes knowing what kind of activities you and your pups will be engaging in. For example, if you will be doing water activities, like kayaking or paddle boarding, then remember to bring your dog’s life vest as not all places offer them.

If you’d like more information about how to keep your dog safe while traveling, especially in light of the recent public health crisis, please visit the CDC website and guidelines which can be found HERE.

We hope you find these tips useful on your next trip! Let us know in the comments and stay tuned for more tips and information. Don’t forget to sign up here to get the latest on dog-friendly travel news and updates.

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