Travelling with your pets

December 4, 2017

We as pet owners, want to bring our pets everywhere with us. How do we go about doing this when we are leaving the country though? There are a lot of things to keep in mind whether you are moving or simply going on vacation.

Here are some things to keep in mind:

Take the Time: Plan in advance everything required for your trip/ move. Some countries require a lot of documentation and this could take several weeks to months to obtain, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time.

Travelling Documents: Make sure you have the correct documents for the correct country. Every country is different and they have different requirements in each country. You can go online to find the correct documents needed or contact the embassy of your destination country. If you are having difficulties finding what you need, there are companies that specialize in relocating you and your pet. Check out

Health Examinations: Certain countries require your animal to be examined within a certain number of days. Regardless, it is always a good idea to get your pet examined by a veterinarian to ensure he is fit for travel, as travelling can be stressful on a pet.

Transportation Device: Make sure your cat carrier is not broken or too small for your feline companion. We wouldn’t want them to be able to escape or his/her ride to be too uncomfortable. If possible, try and secure it with an extra safety latch and also it would be a good idea to cover the carrier with a blanket while travelling to reduce stress. Same goes for dogs; you want the crate to be spacious and a decent size. You want your animal to have enough room to stand, turn around and sit comfortably.

Long Hours: As many of us know, travelling can be long and take most of your day. That is why it is important to bring your dog on an extra long walk the morning before travelling. Otherwise, they may get restless being in a cage for so long. Keep in mind you will not be able to take them out from the carrier while at the airport, only when you are going through security. However, there are designated pet areas for them to do their business.

Airlines: Not all airlines accept animals, be sure to have a close look which do and familiarize yourself with their policies when travelling with a pet.

Extra Support: Some pets are more anxious and get easily stressed out. If that is the case for your pet, speak to your veterinarian about calming supplements that can be given to reduce stress. If you are not moving and don’t necessarily need to bring your pet with you and your pup is already anxious to begin with, then maybe you should consider either boarding or finding a dog sitter who can watch them while you are away. Come visit us at Animal 911 Veterinary Hospital and have a free tour of our luxurious boarding facilities!

Animal 911 Veterinary Team wish you and your pet safe travels!

Emilie Gauthier, RVT