Tips for hot summer travel with your Pet and New US Border Control Regulations:

As of August 1, 2024, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has implemented new regulations concerning the entry of pets into the USA. 

You can review the guidelines here: 

From August 1, 2024, Onward: What Your Dog Needs to Enter the United States 

As the trusted source for veterinary care in our community, we’re dedicated to helping you navigate through these new guidelines with confidence. Remember, it’s essential for pet owners to stay informed and follow the regulations outlined by the CDC and other relevant authorities. Take the time to review these updates to ensure a seamless experience for you and your beloved pet. 

Additional requirements may apply depending on where the dog has been in the last 6 months and whether or not the dog was vaccinated in the United States. Use the CDC’s Q&A tool (the CDC “DogBot”) to determine what rules apply to your dog: 

Travelling with your furry friend during the hot summer months can be an enjoyable experience, but it’s essential to take precautions to ensure their safety and comfort. Whether you’re hitting the road for a weekend getaway or embarking on a longer adventure, here are five tips to help you and your pet beat the heat and stay safe while travelling this summer. 

  1. Pack Wisely: Create a checklist of essential provisions for your pet, including food, water, toys, grooming tools, medications, and a first aid kit. Don’t forget items like a leash, collar with ID tag, plastic pick-up bags, and a crate or carrier for safe transportation.
  2. Prioritize Vaccinations and Parasite Prevention: From densely wooded areas to desert landscapes, everything from ticks to rabies can pose threats to your pet. Before leaving for your destination, ensure your dog is up to date on vaccinations and protected against parasites such as fleas, ticks, and worms. 
  3. Stay Hydrated: Carry water and offer it to your pet regularly to prevent dehydration. Consider bringing a collapsible water bowl for convenience and provide access to a cooling mat for your pet to rest on during breaks.
  4. Practice Smart Safety: Always keep your pet on a leash during walks in unfamiliar surroundings to prevent them from wandering off or encountering potential dangers. Never leave your pet unattended in the car or the outdoors, even for a quick stop.
  5. Protect Against the Sun: Be mindful of the heat of the pavement when walking your pet, and consider applying pet-safe sunblock to areas with exposed skin, especially for pets with pale fur. Pet t-shirts are also good options for maximum coverage from the sun.

By following these tips and prioritizing your pet’s safety and well-being, you can enjoy fun and memorable summer adventures together. Whether you’re exploring new destinations or simply enjoying some quality time outdoors, keeping your pet cool and comfortable is essential for a successful trip. Safe travels!