4. If you’re traveling by air, understand your airline’s pet policies. Not all airlines allow pets; others limit the number of animals per flight, in cabin and in cargo. Be sure your pet’s physical condition is compatible with flight. Discuss illnesses, injuries, health risks (e.g., if your dog is very old, young, pregnant) with your veterinarian. Certain breeds, such as collies and pugs, have special respiratory considerations.
5. If you’ll be staying with friends or family, let them know you’re bringing the four-legged kids too. There may be a resident dog or cat that may not be so welcoming. Make sure to bring some new toys and help out with pet-related chores. If you’re staying at a hotel, check ahead whether pet-friendly rooms are available and on the size of dog allowed. And find out in advance what kinds of pet-friendly activities you can enjoy at your destination, such as hiking and visiting agility courses. With proper planning and preparedness, traveling with your pets can be great fun and hassle-free!
A top graduate of the University of California Davis Veterinary School, Dr. Jeff Weber established his Los Angeles-based clinic, Century Veterinary Group, in 1988. Dr. Jeff cares for the pets of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including Eva Longoria, the Jonas Brothers, Lori McLoughlin, Demi Moore, Emmy Rossum, Magic Johnson, and many more, along with those of everyday pet owners. Dr. Jeff has translated a childhood love of pets into a career committed to raising and shaping national awareness of the importance of high quality pet care. To learn more about Dr. Jeff, visit www.drjeff.com.