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Ever tried to get an angry cat in a carrier without a scratch? Or struggled to get your dog to sit down in the car when the windows are open? Like Jack, who uses Doggles to protect his eyes, most dogs love traveling in the car once they have been acclimated. However, many, especially cats, do not. Air travel may get the trip over faster, but it's still stressful for your pet. There are some things you should consider before putting your pet in the car or on the plane.
 
Car Travel
 
To ease your pet into travel mode, play with them in the car and reward good behavior. Prior to the trip, run some quick errands with your dog or cat.
Before setting out on your trip, take your pet for a walk or play with them to tire the dog or cat out.

Do not feed your pet or give him a great deal of water just prior to departure. 

For dogs, plan pit stops at least every two hours to exercise them on a leash.

A Seat Harness can prevent your pet from getting loose if someone opens the door and will provide safe transport while in motion.

Call ahead to reconfirm pet costs and ensure the hotel is pet-friendly.

Do not leave your pet unattended in a hot vehicle! If you must for a short period of time, you can find battery-operated fans that affix to a partially opened window to help the car stay cool.

Air Travel
 
Do not tranquilize pets in flight! Dogs control body temperature by panting, not sweating. The combination of tranquilizers and altitude can slow breathing and prevent dogs from panting, leaving no defense against temperature changes in the cargo hold. Luckily, we have some effective natural anxiety medicines to bring your pet a sense of calm.

Carry a leash with you so you can walk your pet before you check in and after you arrive at your destination. For your pet's safety, do not put the leash inside with the animal.

Book a non-stop flight early in the morning or late at night when temperatures are cooler.

Mark the kennel with your pet's name, "LIVE ANIMAL," contact information at the destination and colorful electric tape to make the kennel identifiable and easy to see.

Once on the plane, ask the flight attendant to confirm your pet is safely in the cargo hold.

Freeze the water in the pet's dish for longer-lasting hydration during flight.

Traveling abroad? Many countries and even Hawaii require proof of rabies vaccination. Several countries require a six-month quarantine, which can be done at home in the US after proving absence of rabies. Be sure to check requirements long before travel!

For any trip, you'll need an approved carrier, a health certificate obtained from your vet, ID tags and should consider bringing the following:
- Natural Anxiety Medicine
- Leash & Collar
- Portable Water Bowl
- Small Bag/Box of Food
- Travel Blanket or Bedding
- Biodegradable Bags or Litter Supplies
- Favorite Toy
- Grooming Supplies
- Dental Care
- Carpet deodorizer or Cleaner
 

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