Checklist for Pet Travel

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  • 1. Research your destination country's pet import requirements

  • Is an import permit required?

  • Is a microchip required?

  • What vaccinations are required and when should they be administered?

  • Is there a Blood Titer Test (RNATT) test required?

  • Is an internal and internal parasite requirement? 

  • Is there a need to make quarantine arrangements?

  • Must my pet arrive as manifest cargo?

  • Check out pet import requirements on over 240 countries. 

  • 2. Get your pet's crate or carrier and start working on acclimation

  • Pet carrier must have waterproof bottom, adequate ventilation and be secure. Your pet must be able to stand up and turn around in its carrier.

  • Pet crate for larger cats and dogs (or those traveling in a cargo hold) must have a waterproof bottom, spring lock, adequate ventilation and meet other IATA requirements.

  • Put lots of familiar things in the crate or carrier including something with your scent.

  • Encourage your pet to rest and nap in its carrier bottom

  • Leave the door open so your pet can go in and out of the crate or carrier 

  • Take them for drives or walks to someplace fun in their crate or carrier 

  • Spend time praising your pet for loving their crate or carrier.

  • 3. Schedule a visit to see your veterinarian

  • Check for health

  • Have your pet microchipped with a 15 digit ISO 11784/11785 microchip before vaccination if necessary 

  • Verify rabies vaccination expiration

  • Discuss any titer test or other testing that must be done 

  • 4. Check airline or roadway routes

  • Check for road construction or traffic issues if traveling on the ground. Set your route in a routing device such as Garmin or in your smart phone if you have one.

  • If you are flying, stay clear of airports that are more challenging to transit (London, Taiwan, Australia, China)

  • Keep layovers to 2 hours if possible. 

  • Do not change airlines - changing planes is ok; changing airline companies is not. 

  • 5. Research Pet Friendly Hotels and Services

  • Find a great pet friendly hotel and contact them prior to booking online to verify their pet policies. Most times, booking online will give you the best prices.

  • Find an animal hospital nearby in case of emergencies and bring along the information. 

  • Find pet friendly parks and restaurants nearby so you and your pet can enjoy your stay. 

  • 6. Get your pet's supplies

  • Leash and collar

  • Name tag (with your cell phone number on it)

  • Picture of you and your pet (in case you should be separated) 

  • Bottled water and a portable water dish

  • Supply of sealed pet food, dish, and spoon

  • Dog or cat treats (all good pets deserve a treat now and then) 

  • Brush

  • Shampoo

  • Toys (save a special chew bone for the trip in the car) 

  • Medication (including eye and ear drops, ear powder, tweezers for removing burrs, and any pills or vitamins your pet may be taking) 

  • Pet harness for riding in the car (pets need to be "buckled up for safety") 

  • An old sheet or two for covering up hotel furniture that your pet may jump up on 

  • Plastic bags for picking up after your pet

  • 7. Schedule a trip to the groomer

  • A clean pet will be a comfortable pet. Help them put their best paw forward on their trip. 

  • 8. Need More Information?

  • We have current and accurate information on traveling with your pet by air, sea or ground.

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