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What’s the best way to travel with pets?

By blogsadmin | Posted in Community, General Information, Holidays, Tips & Tricks on Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 at 7:01 am

Tips for Traveling with Pets 

Whether by plane or by car, there are ways to prepare your pet for a long trip.  Who knows how they’ll react to the transportation or unfamiliar surroundings.  So, we have some tips for traveling with pets this holiday season. 

Traveling in a Plane 

A plane ride can be stressful for a person, but it can be doubly so for a dog or cat.  So, you need to plan accordingly so that the trip will be as fast and comfortable as it can be for your pets. 

  • Book as direct a flight as you can – it will lessen chances of your pet being mishandled during a layover. 
  • Make sure your pet is up-to-date on vaccinations and has seen the veterinarian – having a certificate of health dated recently before your departure is recommended. 
  • Have a USDA-approved shipping crate – your pet should be able to stand, sit and turn around in it comfortably and is lined with bedding in case of an accident. 
    • You can also have a small baggy of food for personnel to be able to feed your pet in case of a layover 
    • You can freeze a small dish of water for your pet the night before, it will be frozen so no mess during loading and it will melt for when your pet is thirsty 
  • Properly identify the crate – it should have “Live Animal,” your name, cell and destination phone number, a photo of your pet and their name 
    • You should keep a photo of your pet with you as well  
  • Let airline employees that you have a pet in the cargo hold – then they’ll be ready if any conditions or attention is needed 

Traveling in a Vehicle 

This is better for pets because you are able to stop and let them out as needed unlike on a plane.  Though there are still things to prepare for long car trip with a pet. 

  • If this is your pet’s first car ride, ease them into it by going on short drives before the trip so they can get used to it. 
  • Bringing along your pet’s carrier or kennel is a good way to keep them from falling or getting hurt by an abrupt stop. 
  • Prepare a travel kit for your pet – a bowl, some food, bottle of water, leash, baggies if they go to the bathroom, medications and necessary first-aid; plus, bring along any travel documents that may be needed. 
  • Take bathroom breaks on long trips – it’s better than a possible accident in your car. 
  • Talking to them can help calm them if they become anxious. 
  • Never, ever leave your pet alone in a parked vehicle!


We hope these tips make it easier for both you and your pets when you travel! 

Read more of the Indy Honda Official Blog

From all of us at Indy Honda, we wish everyone and every pet safe travels this holiday season. 


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