Traveling With Pets

Are you planning to get away over the holidays? This is the busiest time of year for travel, with so many people visiting friends and family, or sometimes taking off to enjoy destination holidays. Traveling can be stressful even when everything goes smoothly. It’s also quite rough on pets. That isn’t to say you absolutely shouldn’t travel with your furry friend: just that there are things to consider. A local Aurora, CO vet offers some insight on this below.

Think It Over

Pets are very loyal and loving, and they often want to spend as much time as possible with their humans. However, they also get quite distressed by major changes and disruptions. Travel counts as both. In many cases, we would advise boarding. The benefits? You’ll know that your four-legged pal is safe and sound, and being looked after by experienced professionals. You can just enjoy your trip, without being concerned about Fido and Fluffy being scared or uncomfortable.


If bringing your pet with you is clearly your best bet, then you’ll want to take a few steps to prepare. First off, make sure that your four-legged pal is current on all vaccinations and parasite control products. If you’re going to an area with a different type of terrain than what you’re used to, ask your vet if they recommend other vaccinations. For instance, the Lepto vaccine may be recommended if you’re going to spend the week at a cabin in the woods. Also, make sure that your pet is microchipped and wearing ID tags. Remember to check and update your contact information in the chipmaker’s registry.

Plan Ahead

Confirm your pet’s reservation ahead of time. You don’t want to find out at the last minute that Fido is over the weight limit at your hotel! If you’re driving, save a list of pet-friendly hotels along your route, in case you’re delayed. 

Travel Safely 

No matter where you’re going, always drive with your pet crated. It’s much safer for both of you! Stop regularly to let Fido stretch his legs. Never leave pets in vehicles unattended.


We’d generally recommend trying to avoid flying with pets. However, if you do take your furry friend on a plane, try to book a direct flight, to minimize your furry pal’s time in the air. Check the airline’s pet policies, safety records, and fees. Better safe than sorry!

All of us at Aspen, your local Aurora, CO pet hospital, wish you a wonderful holiday season. Contact us anytime!

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