Travelling with your pet this summer? Here is a list of things to consider before you go away.
What to Pack
- A copy of your pet’s updated vaccines, including a current rabies certificate. Clients of Hampton Veterinary Hospital can access their pet’s vaccine records electronically by signing up for our Pet Page App.
- A collar or harness with identification tags, including rabies and town licensing tags (dogs). Ideally, your pet should have a microchip. If not, contact Hampton Veterinary Hospital about having one placed. Don’t forget to make sure the microchip company has all of your current contact information.
- At least one leash per dog, as well as one back-up leash.
- Water & food bowls – soft-sided collapsible ones can pack easily into a car and are easily carried in a bag or backpack.
- Food – pack enough for an additional 2-3 days per pet just in case you have to extend your stay.
- Medications – bring them in their original packaging with appropriate labels. Include extra should your time away run longer than expected. Don’t forget to bring heartworm and flea/tick preventatives if your pet is due for their next dose while you are away!
- Pet Crate or Carrier- many pets find these comforting, especially on long car rides and in unfamiliar surroundings.
- Toys, blankets & bedding.
- If in a remote area, you may want to consider putting together a Pet First Aid Kit
Other To-Do’s Before Travelling With Your Pet
- Locate the 24-hour ER veterinary facility that is closest to your destination(s). Visit The American Animal Hospital Association website to help locate accredited hospitals in the area.
- Travelling by plane? Contact the airline to ensure that you have all of the necessary information required. Travelling internationally? Check with the country you are visiting as to what additional requirements they may have.
- Research which hotels, motels, etc allow pets. National chains that allow pets include RedRoof Inns, Motel 6, and La Quinta.
- Concerned that your pet may experience either motion sickness and/or anxiety? Contact your veterinarian well-prior to your trip for suggestions or medication refills.
- Locate the nearest boarding options just in case! Remember, Hampton Veterinary Hospital is an excellent option for boarding in the NH Seacoast area!