Like millions of Americans, Christina Selter loves animals. Known throughout the country as the Pet Safety Lady, Selter is the founder of Bark Buckle UP (BarkBuckleUp.com), an organization dedicated to pet travel safety awareness.
Here are Selter’s top ten tips for traveling with your pet:
1. Before leaving the house, make sure you’ve packed the 10 essentials for pet travel:
a. Pet food
b. Clean water
c. Pet medicine
d. Tags with current information
g. First aid kit
h. Pets shots record and photo
i. Travel bowls
j. Poop bags
2. Never leave your pet in a vehicle unattended; it’s easy for the temperature inside a car to rise to more than 100 degrees within just a few minutes.
3. Make sure Simba the Siamese and Dodo the Dachshund are road-trip ready with the proper pet travel gear, such as crates and travel harnesses.
4. If you’re flying with your pet, plan ahead. Most airlines allow only a certain number of pets per flight. Also keep in mind the airlines often charge extra fees, impose size restrictions, and require specific travel carriers for animals.
5. During the summer months, pavement, rocks, and sand can become too hot to handle. Keep a few sets of disposable booties on hand to protect Fifi and Fluffy’s feet from frying.
6. Does your dog enjoy going for a swim? Put a life vest on Boomer before he goes bounding into the water.
7. Put a life vest on Boomer even if he’s just whale watching inside a boat.
8. Does the hotel where you’re headed allow pets? Make sure it does before booking the room.
9. When packing for your room in the pet-friendly hotel, don’t forget to bring along a sign to place on your door that warns “Pets Inside!” This way, the hotel cleaning person will know to watch for animals before entering the room.
10. Have a great trip!