The holiday season is quickly approaching! For a lot of us, travel is an inevitable part of the holidays, and sometimes we have to take our four-legged family members along. Knowing exactly what you should do to ensure your pet’s journey is smooth and safe is essential. Here is a list we’ve compiled to help you prepare for a holiday trip:

1. Research pet entry requirements
Before you hop a plane with your pet, make sure to do your research: Each state has different requirements for pets, whether you are driving or flying. If you’re traveling to another country, be sure to take a look at the USDA requirements for traveling with your pet.

2. Check with your airline
Each airline has different policies regarding what is allowed on board, including the type of pet that is traveling, kennel and health requirements. Call or visit your airline’s website to determine the requirements for your pet before you check in.

3. Visit your veterinarian
A health certificate is required when traveling with your pet. Visiting your local veterinarian is essential to the preparation process of traveling with your pet. A health certificate will ensure that your pet is in good health for the journey. The certificate should be issued by your veterinarian as near to the date of travel as possible but not more than 10 days before travel.

Make an appointment today to prepare for your and your pet’s safe holiday travels!