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Some might say traveling with children is never easy, but we’d like to help make traveling with your furry children a little less painful. We’ve assembled a checklist to help your next trip go more smoothly for you and your furry family members.

Pre-Trip Prep:

Documentation

Make sure that your pet is up-to-date on all vaccines as some hotels/rental companies require verification. To be safe, it’s best to have these documents on hand. If there is an emergency, these documents will help provide information to another veterinarian if your vet is not reachable.

Lodging

Don’t forget to do your research ahead of time on your lodging’s pet policies and fees. Some hotels may require that pets be service animals in order to stay in the hotel.

Packing

If you have any prescriptions or specialty foods for your pet, it is sometimes overlooked in the heat of packing. To ensure that it’s not forgotten prepare these items in advance so that it’s already packed and ready. If you are usually one to lose items, keep their prescriptions with your important valuables so that they aren’t left behind. 

The Car Trip

If you’ve never gone on a long car trip with your pet before, it could be helpful to speak with your vet beforehand to be prepared for possible motion sickness or stress. There may be certain over-the-counter medication that can ease these troubles, but it’s best to consult your vet first.  

New Environments

Some pets take a bit more time to accommodate to new environments. Take some time when you arrive at your destination to make sure your pet feels comfortable, it could be helpful to keep them with you during the first day

One of the benefits of pet Insurance is that it can be used at any licensced vet in the country. It never hurts to do a little extra research on the closet veterinarian and animal hospital just in case any accident or illness does come up on your trip.

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Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances.

1 Pet Insurance offered by MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company (“IAIC”), a Delaware insurance company, headquartered at 485 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10022, and Metropolitan General Insurance Company (“MetGen”), a Rhode Island insurance company, headquartered at 700 Quaker Lane, Warwick, RI 02886, in those states where MetGen’s policies are available. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is the policy administrator authorized by IAIC and MetGen to offer and administer pet insurance policies. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC was previously known as PetFirst Healthcare, LLC and in some states continues to operate under that name pending approval of its application for a name change. The entity may operate under an alternate, assumed, and/or fictitious name in certain jurisdictions as approved, including MetLife Pet Insurance Services LLC (New York and Minnesota), MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions Agency LLC (Illinois), and such other alternate, assumed, or fictitious names approved by certain jurisdictions.