This chapter provides basic information on traveling with your pet, both within the United States and internationally. While the focus is on the United States as the “home country,” many of the principles and suggestions are applicable to travel within or between other countries. Some of the issues facing owners who want or need to travel with their pets will also be addressed. Where complete discussion of a particular issue is not possible, places to obtain additional information are suggested. Alternatives to traveling with your pet are also discussed, because sometimes it is not possible or in your pet's best interest to bring it with you on your travels.
Cats and dogs are the most common pets to be taken along on trips. Most other pet animals are not routinely taken along on travels, so we have not included other specifics here. Also see Travel with Pets: Alternatives to Travel with Pets.
Last full review/revision July 2011 by Charles M. Hendrix, DVM, PhD