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10 Vet Tips for Safe Summer Dog Travel

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dog in Shiner, Texas

We love getaways with Tiki and Barli–whether that’s a trip to the beach for a couple of days, a day trip to a state park or just a quick outing to one of our locals parks. We wanted to share a guest post with tips from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) to make sure your summer travel with your dog is safe–and the memories you make together are great ones.

Dog-friendly, USA.

Make sure your pet is welcome at your final destination, as well as at any stops you make on your journey. That way you will have peace of mind that your pet will be allowed indoors. {Related Posts: Dog-Friendly Stores and Dog-Friendly Restaurant Chains}

Get a health certificate.

If you plan to cross state lines as you travel, you should get a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection from your Veterinarian within 10 days of leaving for vacation.

This is a quick health checkup to ensure your pet is fit for travel and has all the vaccines it needs to stay healthy during your journey.

Know how to find a Vet in case of an emergency.

If something should happen to your pet en route or at your destination, it is important to be able to find a Veterinarian quickly.

(Note: We print out a list of emergency vets–both addresses and phone numbers– in areas we’re traveling to, just in case.)

dog with ID tag

Hi, my name is Fido!

Make sure your dog has an accurate ID tag with name, address and phone number, in case they get lost.

If you want a more permanent solution, microchips are a good option, but remember to keep your registration information updated.

Fasten your seatbelts!

Remember to properly restrain your pet with a harness or in a carrier. These should be appropriately sized so your pet is able to lie down, stand up and turn around, but not so big that could get thrown around in case of sudden stops or a collision.

Keep your dog inside the windows and out of your laps to ensure your pet — and your human passengers – are safe!

Break in the harness or carrier.

Highway travel can be stressful for your pet, especially if you spring a new harness or carrier on them right as you hit the road.

Make sure your pet is used to the restraint you plan to use on your trip, so they feel safe and comfortable.

dog at rest stop

Make pit stops.

With dogs especially, frequently stops are a must so they can stretch their legs, do their business and mentally exercise by checking out their surroundings.

dog drinking water in travel bowl

Eat and drink up.

Offer your pet water whenever you stop, and try to keep your pet’s feeding schedule close to normal. Take plenty of food and water for your trip, and you’ll have a happy pet!

Keep a pet photo close by.

It’s a good idea to have a recent picture in your wallet or on your phone, so if your pet gets lost, you can easily use the picture to help find them.

Remember your pet meds.

Don’t forget to bring your pet’s medications with you, including preventatives that your pet may need during your travels.

The AVMA has been making sure pets get the best care for over 150 years. Visit for more tips and information on keeping your pet happy and healthy!

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10 Vet Tips for Safe Summer Dog Travel

Originally published in 2014

Paris Permenter
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