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5 Tips for Traveling with Pets

More and more individuals and families are traveling with their fur babies and animal companions. If you’re like many pet owners, your pet is an important part of the family. So no matter if you’re traveling by car, airplane, train or RV, Fido and Fluffy are - of course! - coming along too!

We’re here to help. If you’re planning a trip and your pet is coming along, start with a call or visit your vet. Tell your vet where you’re going, how you’ll be traveling, and for how long. You’ll also want to put your mind at ease and get answers to these questions so you have no surprises while traveling.

  1. Are your pet’s vaccinations current? If you’re traveling out of country, many countries require a health certificate showing that the animal has up-to-date vaccines.

  2. What diseases or illnesses might your pet encounter at your destination? Forewarned is forearmed. Protect your pet and your vacation by making sure your furry family member has all the necessary vaccinations.

  3. Will my pet’s current medical conditions pose a problem while traveling? Travel is exciting--and it can also be stressful for some people and animals. Does you pet have any health issues that may worsen during travel? Or by being in a particular environment? Talk with your vet to clear up any questions or concerns you might have.

  4. Care and feeding. Some animals need a certain diet or even medications to help them be as calm and healthy as possible before, during, and after travel. Discuss with your vet how to keep your pet as calm and as happy during travel.

  5. Are your pet’s ID tags and microchip information up to date? All of your pet’s information needs to be up to date, with contact details and vaccination information included. If the unthinkable happens--your pet gets lost--you can be reunited with greater ease.

Don’t forget toys, blankets, and other familiar objects. Bring along a couple of your pet’s everyday items;  your pet’s comfort will make the trip more fun for everyone.

If you don’t have pet insurance yet, not to worry! We’ve done the research and are here to help with any questions you may have about choosing the right coverage for your furry family member. To chat with one of our team members, you can call us at 888-890-1944 or e-mail us at info@directbenefits.com.

Of note: The information provided here is not meant to be a substitute for professional veterinary advice. Always check with a veterinarian you trust before making any major healthcare decisions for your pet family.