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Traveling With Pets

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  • have your pet examined by your veterinarian
  • collect pet health certificate and vaccination records
  • investigate sedation for your pet during the trip
  • have your pet vaccinated 30 days prior to overseas travel
  • get current rabies tag if you don't already have one
  • do not travel with sick, pregnant, very old, or very young pets


  • veterinarian papers and medical records
  • pet's bed or blankets
  • leash or harness
  • paper towels or rags for cleaning up messes
  • scooper and plastic bags or litter box and litter
  • portable kennel
  • favorite toy and treats
  • brush and comb
  • food, dish, and water (plus can opener if canned food)


  • name of pet
  • species and gender
  • license number
  • description including color and markings
  • owner's name, telephone number, address
  • veterinarian's name, telephone number, address
  • emergency information
  • vaccination and appointment dates
  • conditions and illnesses
  • treatments and medication


  • kennel should allow pet room to stand
  • should be large enough for animal to turn around and lie down in
  • line bottom with towels for comfort and to absorb spills
  • include small litter box for cats
  • attach holders for water and food
  • take on short trips to get used to motion of the car


  • air transport of cats and dogs less than 8 weeks old prohibited
  • only seeing eye dogs may travel on trains or buses
  • pets may travel on airlines if crated in proper container
  • some airlines allow pets in cabin if crate will fit under seat
  • larger pets must be stored in the cargo area as "air freight"


  • pets traveling in car should be properly restrained for safety
  • get a pet carrier or wire crate to secure cats or dogs
  • put animal in crate regularly before traveling to get accustomed
  • bring plenty of water, especially in hot weather
  • never leave animals in a parked car, even with window down


  • birds and rodents may travel in their own cages
  • keep bird cage covered to protect from drafts and stress
  • feed small animals regularly and water at rest stops


  • feed pet no less than 5-6 hours before trip
  • feed only 1/3 normal amount to prevent travel sickness
  • give water and any medications 1-2 hours before leaving
  • exercise pet before confining to crate
  • limit feeding of your pets to once a day during the move
  • plan regular stops for water and exercise if possible


  • keep animal in a quiet area until adjusts
  • put dish, litter box, and other supplies in familiar locations
  • allow your pet to explore and get comfortable


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Ramona Creel is a modern Renaissance woman and guru of simplicity -- traveling the country as a full-time RVer, sharing her story of radically downsizing, and inspiring others to regain control of their own lives. As a Professional Organizer and Accountability Coach, Ramona will help you create the time and space to focus on your true priorities -- clearing away the clutter other obstacles and standing in the way of that life you've always wanted to be living. As a Professional Photographer, Ramona captures powerful images of places and people as she travels. And as a travel writer, social commentator, and blogger, she shares her experiences and insights about the world as we know it. You can see all these sides of Ramona -- read her articles, browse through her photographs, and even hire her to help get your life in order -- at www.RamonaCreel.com. And be sure to follow her on Twitter and on Facebook.

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