Northern Rhode Island Animal Hospital

152 School Street
Forestdale, RI 02824


Traveling With Your Pet  

If you are traveling with your pet this summer, make sure you are adequately prepared. Below are some tips to help make traveling easier for you and your furry friends:

  • Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to make sure your pet is healthy for travel and also up-to-date on necessary vaccinations, most importantly rabies vaccine, as you should be able to provide proof of rabies vaccine at all times when traveling.  You should also find out if you will need any type of health certificate or special paperwork filled out prior to travel; this will likely be necessary if traveling out of country. If your pet is on any medications,ensure you will have enough to last the duration of your travel.
  • Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with ID tags that include your cell phone number.  Microchipping is also a good idea, in case the collar comes off.  If you're flying with your pet and they're in the cargo area, attach  your information along with any of your animal's medical needs to the crate.
  • If you are staying at a hotel or destination with your pet, call ahead to confirm their pet policies. You can search on to search for pet-boarding facilities, pet-friendly hotels and pet accommodations in cities nationwide in one central platform; you can search based on location, price, services and more. 
  • If riding in the car, animals should ideally be kept in a carrier or crate.  A test run is recommended, to make sure your animal tolerates riding in the car, or doesn't get car sick. Never leave pets unattended in a car, as temperatures can rise quickly.
  • If flying, smaller animals are sometimes allowed to travel in the cabin whereas larger animals will travel in cargo.  Either way, they must be in an airline-approved carrier; for larger pets, they must be able to sit, stand, turn around and lie down easily.  You should get your pet accustomed to the carrier before traveling.




Travel Checklist

  • Vaccination records, especially rabies certificate +/- health certificate or other paperwork necessary
  • Collars with current ID tags
  • Crate, harness, leashes, or other restraining devices
  • Food, water, snacks,food/water dishes
  • Litter box or poop bags
  • Medications or any written prescriptions
  • First aid kit
  • Information for veterinary hospitals located where you are traveling
  • Familiar blankets or toys