Memorial Day Pet Travel Tips

Memorial Day Travel Tips
  • Pet Travel Research: Pet Travel Sites like and are great resources for locating pet-friendly hotels, campgrounds, B&B’s, and even pet sitters all across the United States. Not all airlines allow pets and those that do have different restrictions, especially during the pandemic, so be sure to check before booking your flight.
  • Plan Your Dogs Travel Ahead: make sure you get clearance from your vet that your canine is healthy enough to travel. Your dog should be up to date on needed vaccines and be prepared to protect Fido against common pests including fleas, ticks, and heartworms. When traveling to other states by plane, pets need a health certificate 10-30 days prior to your departure date. Make sure your dog’s ID tags are up to date and current. Dr. Carol recommends having one tag with your home address and another with your dog’s destination address. 
  • Consider your Canines Snout: Snub-nosed dogs, like Frenchies, Boston Terriers, Pugs, Frenchies, and Shih Tzus (aka Brachycephalic dog breeds) should never fly in the cargo hold, as they are particularly sensitive to respiratory difficulties during flight.
  •  Packing Tips for Fido’s flight:
    • Pets in the Cargo or cabin?
    • Choosing the best pet carrier
    • Pet Carrier liners, toys, food & water
    • Outside Temperature
    • Pet Pee control
  • Mind your Pet’s Manners: Basic obedience training is a must. Your dog should know basic commands and be consistent in following directions. Be mindful of excessive barking or aggressive behavior.Be courteous and tip well. The goal is to make sure that you and your pet are welcome back anytime.
  • Nervous Nellies: If you know that your pet is nervous by nature, traveling can be extremely overwhelming. Bach’s 5 Flower Rescue Remedy is an all-natural way to soothe your pet’s nerves and avoid overly stressful situations. If your pet becomes motion sick, bring along some ginger cookies to help settle your dog’s stomach.

Dr. Carol Osborne is an author and world-renowned integrative veterinarian of twenty plus years. After graduating from the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Carol completed a prestigious internship at the Columbus Zoo. Shortly afterward, she launched a very successful private practice and became the founder and director of the non-profit organization, the American Pet Institute. Dr. Carol offers traditional veterinary care for dogs and cats with a softer, natural touch. Her approach highlights the importance of nutrition and utilizing holistic avenues in combination with traditional treatments. Currently, she offers holistic therapies and traditional veterinary medical care for dogs and cats at the Chagrin Falls Pet Clinic in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Call our Office Today at (866) 372-2765 or complete this Form to Email our Office.

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