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May 24, 2013

With so many pets traveling, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co., the nation’s oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance, reminds pet owners that preparation is the key to ensuring a fun and safe vacation.

Included are six travel tips for pet parents and their furry friends:

  1. Make sure the pet is wearing identification at all times in case she becomes separated or lost. Verify that the pet’s ID tag is up-to-date, durable, legible and includes their mobile phone number.
  2. Pack a recent photo of the pet owner’s pet photo along with current vaccination records. If the pet becomes lost, having a current photograph will make the search easier.
  3. Pack enough food to safeguard against travel delays.
  4. Book a pet-friendly hotel. With more than 25,000 hotels in the U.S. allowing pets, there are plenty of properties from which to choose.
  5. Choose early morning or late evening flights to avoid temperature extremes that may affect a pet.
  6. Look up details about a veterinary hospital near your destination (phone number, hours, driving distance). If a pet owners pet has a medical emergency they will be prepared and know where to go.

In addition to the tips above, VPI recommends pet owners consider their pet’s personality to determine if they will be content in surroundings outside of their comfort zone. A discussion with a veterinarian regarding travel plans may also be helpful.

“If you’re planning to take your pet on vacation, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to confirm your pet’s vaccinations are up to date and that she receives a clean bill of health,” Carol McConnell, DVM, MBA, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for VPI. “Traveling with pets by air requires specific attention because airlines will require a formal health certificate from your veterinarian.”

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