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Whether it is Spring Break, Summer Vacation, a Holiday Break, or just a simple getaway, it's a time when the kiddos are out of school and families can "make a break" for potentially warmer, sunnier weather and fun, adventurous and relaxing times. Unfortunately, the planning does not stop once you have your travel, lodging, and activities reservations.  Leaving home and away from your normal circumstances takes some additional planning and preparation. 

In this installment we will talk about tips for traveling with your pet.
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Taking a vacation with your furry friend is a sure way to add a little flavor to your travels. Even if you don’t plan on flying cross country with your pooch, it’s likely at some point that you’ll have to travel with your cat or  dog. Traveling with a pet definitely poses some challenges, so follow these pet-friendly travel tips.

Car rides

For safety reasons, small dogs and cats shouldn’t roam the car. Rather, they should be be in crates or carriers. But before you do that, give them the opportunity to stretch their legs. “The most important thing you can do is make sure your dog has been well exercised before he goes in the crate,” says TV personality and dog expert Cesar Millan. “If he’s burned off his excess energy, he’ll be more inclined to rest.” Millan also recommends making the crate as cozy as possible for the animal. This can mean traveling with toys, padding the crate with their favorite blanket and bringing plenty of treats.

Finally, make sure to take regular breaks. It will give your pet a chance to get some fresh air and relieve themselves.

Of course, it’s also important to make sure your pet remains safe while you’re on the road. Check out these tips for keeping pets safe in cars.

Some insurance companies, like ERIE, include coverage for cats and dogs that are injured in a car accident with your existing auto coverage. When there is a covered loss, your auto policy covers dogs and/or cats owned by you or a relative that are injured in your vehicle in the covered accident. (This coverage is not available with North Carolina policies.) To learn more about if and how your pets are covered on your existing auto coverage call or contact your agent today.


Just like any other public place you take your pet, you need to be sure the hotel you’re staying at is pet friendly. Before you check in, take your dog on a long walk to let him burn off some energy after a long trip. For cats, make sure you have some sort of travel kitty litter and pan that you can bring into the room.


For a variety of reasons, the Humane Society recommends that you transport your cat or dog by plane only when absolutely necessary. If you must bring your pet on a plane, be sure to fly with them in the cabin. Because airlines limit how many animals can fly and impose size restrictions, be sure to contact the airline well ahead of time. It’s also important to note that airlines require animals to have certain immunizations, so make sure your pet is up to date and that you have the required documentation with you at the airport.

Buses and trains

Cats and small dogs are allowed on a select number of Amtrak trains; however, they are not allowed on Greyhound-operated buses. Many local bus and train services do allow animals to be carried on—but they are almost always required to be in a carrier. To find one near you, check out this extensive list of pet-friendly transportation options

SOURCE - Erie Insurance- Petiquette While Traveling
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