Tips for Preparing Your Pet for Safe and Comfortable Travel

Connie PowellPaw Pet Travel Tips & Advice

Tips for Preparing Your Pet for Safe and Comfortable Travel

Travelling can be an exhilarating experience for many, and for pet owners, the thought of leaving their furry companions behind can be heart-wrenching. Fortunately, with services like Paws Pet Travel, your pets can now accompany you on your adventures, ensuring they’re not left out of the family fun. But before setting off, it’s crucial to ensure your pet is as prepared as you are for the journey ahead.

Important Warning

Before we dive into the vet-approved tips, it’s important to note that while Paws Pet Travel provides quality pet taxi services, we are not veterinary professionals. The information presented here has been carefully sourced from reputable online sources and consultations with qualified vets to offer you valuable guidance. However, for the best advice tailored to your pet’s specific health needs, we strongly recommend consulting a qualified vet. Remember, the health and safety of your pet should always come first.

Pre-Travel Veterinary Check-up

Health Assessment and Vaccinations

Before embarking on any journey with your pet, a thorough health check-up is essential. This not only ensures your pet is fit for travel but also provides an opportunity to update any necessary vaccinations. According to the RSPCA, vaccinations are vital in protecting your pets against various diseases, and some destinations may require proof of specific vaccinations before entry (

Pet Passport and Documentation

For travel within the UK or to Europe, pets need a pet passport or animal health certificate that verifies their vaccination status and overall health. The UK Government’s Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) outlines the requirements for traveling with pets, including microchipping and rabies vaccinations (

Preparing for the Journey

Creating a Comfortable Travel Environment

Ensuring your pet’s travel environment is safe and comfortable is crucial. This means providing a sturdy, well-ventilated carrier that allows your pet to stand, turn, and lie down comfortably. For long journeys, consider including familiar items like their favourite toy or blanket to help ease stress.

Managing Anxiety and Stress in Pets

Travel can be stressful for pets, so it’s important to consider their emotional well-being. The Blue Cross suggests gradually acclimating your pet to their carrier and taking shorter trips to help them get used to the idea of travelling ( If your pet is prone to anxiety, discuss options with your vet, which may include natural remedies or medication for longer journeys.

On the Day of Travel

Feeding and Exercise

It’s advisable to feed your pet a light meal a few hours before travel to avoid motion sickness. Additionally, ensure they have plenty of exercise before setting off to help them relax during the journey.

Breaks and Hydration

For longer trips, plan regular breaks to allow your pet to stretch, relieve themselves, and drink water. Keeping your pet hydrated, especially during warmer weather, is essential for their well-being.


Travelling with your pet can be a joyous experience, bringing you closer and creating unforgettable memories. By following these vet-approved tips, you can ensure your pet’s journey is as safe and comfortable as possible. At Paws Pet Travel, we’re dedicated to making pet travel stress-free, offering bespoke services that cater to your and your pet’s needs. Remember, the key to successful pet travel lies in thorough preparation and always prioritising the health and safety of your furry friend. For specific health-related queries, please consult a qualified vet to ensure your pet is ready for their next adventure.

Embark on your journey with peace of mind, knowing your pet is in safe hands, both with Paws Pet Travel and your trusted veterinary professional.

Let’s Talk

Don’t let travel complications impact you and your pet’s journey. Contact Paws Pet Travel Company for a personalised pet transport solution. We’re here to make every journey as comfortable and reassuring as possible for your beloved companion. Get in touch with us at or call 07957 368895 to discuss your pet travel needs and say goodbye to travel stress today!

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