Are you traveling with your pet this holiday season?

If so, there are important steps you should take to make sure that it is a smooth ride.

  • The safest place on an airplane is in the cabin. If this is not possible and Fido must go in cargo, make sure you are prepared.

–          Check with the airline well before your trip to find out if a health certificate is required. You will need to make an appointment with your veterinarian if it is. You can refer to the FDA for more information on travel requirements.

–          If you are worried that he might not be a great traveler your veterinarian can prescribe some medications to help. Test them out prior to the trip so you are present to watch for any potential reactions.

–          Practice making sure she is comfortable going in to the carrier with lots of treat rewards.

–          Make sure you find out what the temperature will be in cargo and DO NOT put your pet in there if it will be too hot or cold.

  • For car rides, make sure he is confined. A loose pet in the car can be a hazard to both of you.
  • Limit the amount of food and water she receives. A full tummy can be an upset tummy. It is best to feed her a meal 2-3 hours prior to the trip.
  • Frequent potty and exercise stops are a must. You should also offer him water at these stops. Pack a nylon, collapsible bowl with you to use. We like to purchase products from the retail area at our local shelters such as the DDFL here in Denver, CO.
  • Carry all medical history with you at all times.
  • It is critical that your pet is micro chipped in case of the worst case scenario happening. Make sure all of your information is current with the site you are registered with.

Of course this list is not all inclusive so do your research and be smart. As always, if you have any questions, you can always contact us at or 303.691.3720.