Traveling Tips

Tips for traveling with your dog

To make traveling with your pet easier for everyone, there are a number of things you can do to prepare, like:

  • Bring along the name, phone number and address of at least one veterinarian that works in the area you’ll be visiting, in case of emergency
  • Record your dogs’ license, tattoo, or microchip number before leaving and keep it with you while traveling – it could make all the difference should you and your dog be separated
  • Take a few photos of your dog before travel – this can increase the likelihood of finding your pet if you’re accidentally separated
  • Know before you go – research local pet laws and by-laws to ensure that your dog will be welcome at your destination. Some locations require specific health certificates while traveling and others have banned the importation of certain breeds
  • If you’ll be flying, call the airline before booking to make sure your pet will be welcome on the flight. Many airlines no longer allow pets to be transported in the baggage compartment of commercial flights, so you may have to make arrangements for your dog to fly on a separate live cargo flight
  • Choose an environment that both you and your pet will be comfortable in. If you plan to stay somewhere overnight, don’t forget to check that your lodging choice is pet-friendly

Print Checklist

Your travel checklist

    • Can opener (if you’re bringing canned food)
    • Kennel or carrier
    • Grooming tools
    • Collar and leash(es)
    • Identification
    • First aid kit
    • Vaccination records and other documents
  • Food, water and bowls
  • Any medication your dog is taking
  • Plastic bags
  • Extra towels
  • Comfortable bedding
  • Local vet contact info
  • Recent photos of your dog

Where to go:

Do you and your dog like to run along the beach? Take a hike in the woods? Or maybe just stroll along the city streets? Whatever your favourite way to spend time with your pet is, visit for a wealth of pet-friendly locations recommended by other dog owners across Canada. And while you’re there, be sure to enter your own suggestions!