Traveling with a Dog in a Post-COVID-19 World

Traveling with a dog was always an interesting experience. In a post-COVID-19 world, things will be more challenging than usual. Unfortunately, these challenges are expected to impact travelers for years to come.

If you’re planning on traveling with your canine companion in the near future, preparation is key. Here are some helpful considerations when planning to travel with your dog in a post-pandemic world.

Prepare for Delays

With fewer travel options and enhanced physical distancing rules, the concept of schedules being on time no longer exists. Delays are tricky enough for human travel; adding a dog to the mix can amp up the stress.

Ensure you have everything you need to prepare for delays. Extra dog food and water are two essential things to keep on hand when traveling in the post-pandemic world. If your dog requires sedation to travel, wait until the last possible minute to administer it.

Invest in High-Quality Gear

As there will be more delays, it’s important to invest in high-quality gear for your pet. For example, having the right dog carrier or crate for long-distance travel is an absolute must— learn more about dog carriers here. Portable toys, good carriers, and dog-friendly refillable water bottles can make your trip significantly easier.

Schedule a Health Check-Up

Before you go anywhere with your pet, you should schedule a health check-up. The vet can ensure there are no underlying issues or reasons why your dog shouldn’t travel. If you are crossing international borders, you may be required to supply a health certificate and immunization record for your pet.

It’s important to note that while there have been a few questionable incidents with dogs, COVID-19 transmission between humans and canines isn’t a concern.

Update Identification

You’ll also want to ensure your dog has proper identification before traveling. Ensure your dog has tags with your contact information listed. If your pup doesn’t already have a microchip, it’s worth exploring this opportunity as well.

Check Airline and Border Regulations

Many airlines eliminated their pet policies during the pandemic. While some airlines have lifted regulations on regional and national flights, some have not. Many airports and airlines are struggling, with minimal staff available to properly care for pets.

If you aren’t traveling via air, you’ll still need to look at the border regulations of your destination. Some borders are closed entirely to international visitors. Those that are open often have fine print about who (or what) is allowed to cross. Many countries have mandatory quarantine periods that are legally enforced. Ensure that your desired destination is welcoming of both you and your pet.

Check Local Establishment Updates

Finally, do some thorough research about your destinations. Many restaurants have shifted to an outside environment. However, physical distancing rules and regulations are in play. While some places might welcome dogs to their new outdoor establishment, others are banning dogs to save space. They may also require reservations to ensure you get a spot with limited capacity.

Confirm policies with hotels as well and pet-friendly Airbnbs. It’s better to ask than to find out that your pet can’t join when you arrive.

Final Thoughts

Many of us are eager to travel again. However, when traveling with a dog, you also need to consider what happens if an outbreak occurs while you’re away. Many pet owners were separated from their animals during the pandemic. Plan ahead and be prepared if you choose to travel.