Traveling with a pet can be difficult therefore it is essential to plan well in advance in order to prevent any major problems . Here is a checklist to help you prepare the items you will need to take with you as well as the steps you should take before leaving.

Be sure to pack:

Food and water bowls as well as food and treats. Note: be sure to pack a can opener if your pet eats canned food!

Medications – have your pet vet checked before leaving on a trip. Be sure that you have a sufficient amount of any medications your pet requires as well as any area specific medications including heart worm pills and flea and tick control.

Kennel/crate – this is a safe way for your pet to travel. Some places may also require that your pet be in a kennel or crate.

Any grooming tools that may be necessary. For example, a comb or brush, shampoo and nail clippers.

An extra towel, old blanket or sheet and an absorbent mat. These items can be used to wipe muddy and wet paws and bodies and to keep your accommodations clean.

Collar and leash. You may also want to bring an extra in case one breaks.

Bedding. Take along any bedding that your pet is accustomed to in order to make him or her feel more comfortable.

Chew toys.

Stain remover, lint brush and any other cleaning supplies that may be helpful if your pet makes a mess.

Plastic bags (to clean up after your pet).

Identification. Be sure to bring a list of identification numbers such as license numbers, tattoo numbers, microchip numbers, etc as well as a recent photo in case your pet is to get lost.

An animal first aid kit along with the number for a veterinarian near where you are staying are also important to take with you in case of an emergency while you are away.

Make sure to check for country specific requirements prior to leaving. For example, certain countries may require specific, up- to-date vaccinations. Be sure that your pet receives the up-to-date vaccines and that you carry a record with you. As well, make sure to check local pet laws and by-laws to ensure that your animal will be welcome when you arrive. Some areas have specific breed bans and therefore it is best to check ahead of time to be sure that your pet will not be affected.

Before you leave you may also want to clip your pet’s nails to help prevent damage to accommodations. As well, make sure to give your pet a thorough brushing to help prevent fur from getting everywhere while you are traveling. If your pet has fleas, make sure to get rid of them before leaving in order to prevent the spread of an infestation.

Finally, always be sure to check with your accommodations to ensure that your pet is welcome and to verify any pet rules, restrictions and fees.

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