Many pets, especially
dogs, are great travelers and enjoy a vacation as
much as any other family member.
Some pets, however,
would be happier staying at home in familiar
surroundings, eagerly awaiting your return from your
Michigan vacation. Cats
rarely enjoy traveling. Most are stressed by riding in
a car. Traveling with a cat can also increase the risk
of it being lost.
If you plan to travel
in Michigan with your pet, the following tips will help assure
your pet is safe and comfortable while on a vacation
Just Smart -- It's the Law!
Ever notice when you enter some states that you'll see large
signs saying "Buckle up; it's the law!"
People are beginning to understand that vehicle
restraints for pets are essential for the safety
of all the passengers (human and animal). Restraints also help
a pet feel more secure while traveling, especially when you
have to make some quick turns or maneuvers.
Is your pet a traveler?
Before making plans to travel with your pet, determine whether
it can travel in a car without becoming sick or stressed. Start
with short trips. Consult your Michigan veterinarian if you think your
pet may need medication to travel comfortably. Tranquilizers
should be given only upon the advice of your veterinarian.
There are many natural products on the market like the Pet-Ease
Chews for Dogs are tasty, soft treats that are
formulated to help ease your pet's stress and anxiety
when traveling, grooming and during periods of
separation. Chews help to reduce destructive behavior
caused by stress and anxiety.
Your dog or cat should wear a collar and an
identification tag at all times, especially when you are
traveling. Information on the tag should include a telephone
number that will be answered while you are away from home.
Food, water and equipment Take along your pet's
food and water, dishes, bedding
Keep fresh water in a thermos or canteen and offer your pet
water frequently. Arrange to keep your pet on its normal diet.
Familiar food, dishes, leash, and bedding will be comforting in
strange surroundings. If your pet is a cat or small dog, take
along a pet
carrier. Your pet will probably feel more secure resting
inside the carrier.
Vaccinations and health certificate
Have your dog or cat examined by your Michigan veterinarian prior to
travel. Make certain your pet's vaccinations are current,
including a parvovirus vaccination if your pet is a dog. Take
along proof of current rabies vaccination.
Protect your pet
Supervise your pet carefully. Pets left unattended are easy
victims for thieves who make money from trading animals. If your
pet is a cat, make certain it is leashed or secured in a carrier
any time you are getting out of your car.
Exercise your dog on a leash or under your immediate control. Be
sure to follow all posted signs at Michigan State Parks. If
you leave your pet alone in a hotel or motel room, place the
"Do Not Disturb" sign on the door.
In hot weather, animals can suffer from heat prostration very
quickly if left in a car even if the windows are partially open.
for Cars - Window Barrier may work for short periods.
Booking a room
Traveling with a pet requires careful consideration. It is
possible to find hotels and motels
throughout Michigan that will accommodate pets. Your lodging
plans will have to be made in advance and your mobility will be
restricted by "No Pet" regulations in many public and
Make advanced reservations. Check online to determine whether
pets are permitted and, if so, under what conditions. This will
prevent aggravation and save time. There are numerous hotels,
motels, and campsites that welcome pets as guests. Some motels
limit the number of rooms for travelers with pets, and some
require pets to be housed in a separate kennel facility.
Assuring your pet's safety and comfort will make traveling in
Michigan easy and enjoyable for you and your pet.