5 need-to-know tips to travel safely with your pets
Special to the Sun
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — With the arrival of spring and summer, many people are getting ready to travel more often with their pets.
Here are a few tips and reminders when traveling with your pets in and out of this country:
1. Identification and Vaccine Records
Ensure your pet has a collar including his or her name, rabies tag, your address, and a good phone number to reach you.
Consider getting your pet a microchip that would also contain this information in case his or her collar is lost.
2. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
Many pets get increased anxiety when traveling. In some cases, some pets may benefit from anti-anxiety medication for car travel.
If you are traveling by plane and your pet needs to be boarded underneath the plane, sedatives are not currently recommended.
In addition, there are maximum temperature requirements, and some planes will not let you board an animal if the ambient temperature is too high.
If you will need to travel with you cat, consider doing practice trials in the car before you leave for your trip.
3. Parasites and Vector Borne Diseases
If you are traveling to the Bay Area, Midwest, Northeast, and/or Southeast, your pet will be at increased risks for fleas, heartworm disease, and other tick borne diseases.
Your pet will most likely need a flea, tick, and heartworm preventative if they are traveling to these areas.
4. Traveling Internationally and Abroad
Each country and state has different regulations for allowing pets entry.
For example, Hawaii is rabies free and strict requirements and blood tests are necessary for bringing your pet into the state.
Ensure to research these requirements months in advance prior to traveling internationally or to states such as Hawaii.
Health certificates are usually required for travel, which can be obtained from your veterinarian.
5. Stay Informed
Visit the following website, via the American Veterinary Medical Association — avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/Traveling-with-Your-Pet-FAQs.aspx — for more information and great tips regarding traveling with your pets.
Dr. Gina Kang, DVM, MS, lives in Truckee and works at the Doctor’s Office for Pets on 10939A Industrial Way No. 101, Truckee. She sees all pets including cats, dogs, reptiles, birds and small mammals. More information can be found at http://www.doctorsofficeforpets.com or at 530-587-5144.