Ways to keep people and pets safe during travel | Healthy Pets, Healthy People | CDC – CDC

Owning a pet can increase opportunities to exercise, get outside, and explore new places. You may want to take your pet with you when you travel to new places. Traveling can sometimes be stressful, both for you and your pets. Including pets in your travel plans takes careful planning. Preparation can help prevent stress and keep you and your pets safe and healthy. Some places or types of travel (like airplanes) may have regulations on traveling with pets, as well as required documentation.
Before traveling, properly identify your pet in case you get separated during your trip. Make sure your pet is microchipped for identification and keep your contact and pet information updated.
Having a smooth and safe road trip with your pet requires preparation and planning, especially if driving long distances. Here are a few car travel tips to help prepare for a safe trip for you and your pet.
Traveling with pets by plane takes careful preparation and planning and could also be costly.  If you must bring your pet on a flight, here are a few suggestions to keep your pet safe:
Weeks before your trip
There are several requirements for traveling abroad with pets.
Before heading to the airport
At the airport
On the plane
Whether you’re taking a hiking trip, sightseeing in a city, or going to the beach or a lake, pets can get sick or injured while traveling. Practice safe and healthy habits to prevent your pet from getting sick or hurt on trips. Some diseases pets may be at risk for while traveling include rabies, leptospirosis, campylobacteriosis, and diseases spread by mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks like Lyme disease and West Nile virus. Some of these diseases can spread between people and animals. These tips can help you protect pets from getting sick or injured while traveling:
Besides keeping a first-aid kit for your pet at home, also keep basic first-aid supplies for your pet in your car. You can use a travel-sized first-aid kit for your pet on flights. Here are some handy first-aid tips for traveling with your pet:
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