Traveling with pets:
1. Think twice about taking your pets on a cross country
trip; dogs and cats can get car sick, and being cooped up in a car all
day can make them nervous and upset.
2. Just like at home, they have to be fed and watered, so remember
to take their water and food dishes.
3. Pets have to make rest stops too. Be sure your pets are leashed
to keep them from running off when the car door is opened and so you can
walk them in their designated area at rest-stops.
4. If you know where you will stop on your way to your final destination,
find out ahead of time what hotels or motels allow pets. National chains
usually publish this information.
5. Smaller pets, like hampsters, birds, mice, and such can be transported
in the family car fairly easily. Be sure to have enough food and water
for them and keep them in their cages. Cover their cage with a cloth to
keep them quiet and restful.
6. Keep them away from sudden drafts, direct sunlight, or extreme
7. It is not practical to move fish in their aquarium. Plan on
giving the fish away and restock the aquarium when you arrive at your
1. Get a health certificate ready within 10 days of
shipment. Acquire proof of vaccination. Canine
Carriers, a pet shipping service, recommends that "all cats be immunized
for FVR and dogs for Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, and Para-Influence"
20 days prior to shipment.
2. Try to find a trip with a minimum of stops or transfers.
3. Provide a sturdy crate in which your pet will travel. The crate
should be comfortable for the pet to stand in, move around, and lie down.
4. Write your name and address and the description of the pet.
Write your pet's "call" name so that attendants can talk to him or her.
Indicate if the animal bites, write "Live Animal" and place a red arrow
to indicate which side is up.
5. Attach a tag with the owner's name, address and the pet's destination
to the pet's collar so that if the pet should escape, it can be identified.
6. Put a comfortable pad, a shirt or sweatshirt with your scent
on it, and a few of the pet's favourite toys to make him feel more comfortable
and at home.
7. Exercise a dog before shipment.
8. Feed a light meal six hours before shipping.
9. Don't give it water within 2 hours of shipping except on a very
10. If you are not handling your pet's shipment through a professional
pet carrier, se sure someone is at your destination ready to pick him
11. A kennel can take care of number 10 for you, and can also keep
your pet for several days, giving you time to unpack and move in to your