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Travel by Train

By Charles M. Hendrix, DVM, PhD, Professor, Department of Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University

In the US, Amtrak does not allow animals aboard their trains, with the exception of service animals. In Europe, however, animals are often allowed to travel by train with their owners. You should check with the individual country to determine their regulations and restrictions. In some cases dogs are allowed to travel on leash, while in others they must travel by carrier. For other animals, appropriate carriers or cages are generally required.

As with air travel, it is important to make sure your pet has appropriate identification, and that you travel with copies of medical records (including vaccination history) and a health certificate, if required.