More common than not, more and more people are deciding to include their pets when embarking on a family vacation.  However, before you decide to take your dog or cat on vacation, You need to consider the facts and options for healthy, safe traveling.

If you're thinking about taking your pet on vacation, consider the following points:

Before any trip, have your pet examined by a veterinarian to ensure that he or she is in good health and that shots are up-to-date.  Make sure that you have a copy of your pet's health record with you.  Pets may travel freely throughout the United States as long as they have proper documentation.  In Hawaii , there is a 30-120–day quarantine for all dogs and cats.  If you are traveling to Canada , you must carry a certificate issued by your veterinarian.


According to the Humane Society, and as of June 2000, five major airlines, American, Delta, Continental, TWA and United will not accept pets as baggage on flights during hot-weather months.  It is best to check with your airline on travel restrictions within the cabin.


If you're traveling by car, take your pet's travel kit.  Make sure that you have an ample supply of water and that you are prepared to make frequent rest stops.  Never let your pet out of the car without proper restraints.  Inside the car, you must keep your cat in a pet carrier.  Dogs can either be placed in a carrier or in a harness restraint.  Do not let your pet roam freely in the car.  Do not let your dog hang his or her head out of the window because flying debris from passing cars or the road could injure your pet.  Never, leave your pet in a parked car.  Temperatures in a parked car can soar to well over 100 degrees in less than 10 minutes, placing your pet at risk for a heat stroke or death.  Animals left in a parked car also have the potential of being stolen.


Pack for your pet just like you pack for yourself. Include the following:

The important thing is for you and your pet to have a safe and fun trip.  However, if you do decide not to travel with your pet, make sure that you do leave your pet in the hands of someone that you trust, such as a reputable kennel, pet sitter or trusted friends and family.


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