A dog sitting with its owner on a train looking out the window.

You and your pet have vacations on the brain.

Do you travel by train? Do you travel by plane? Goodness gracious, great Danes.

There are many decisions to be made, and taking your pet via air or rail can complicate matters. But not to worry! According to American Pet Products Association, approximately 37 percent of animal owners travel with their pets each year, and many of those opt for planes and trains. It can be done, and here are some best practices for doing it.

What to do before deciding how to travel

The first thing you should do is visit with your veterinarian to make sure your pet has the greenlight to travel. Evaluating their health can also help you navigate which mode of transportation would be best. For example, older pets who can travel, but may need extra care, might find it less stressful to ride on a train rather than a plane.

You might find that train travel in general can be less stressful for both you and your pet. Often, traveling via train can be cheaper and your pet can sit on your lap, opposed to under your seat or in the cargo compartment.

However, if your pet is fit for traveling and you’re strapped for time, a plane could be your best option. There are pros and cons with each that you will need to weigh carefully depending on your specific pet. Do your research!

Traveling can be stressful on a pet, especially if you’re both not prepared for your adventure. So, let’s get you set for your upcoming vacation. No matter which mode of transportation you choose, use our checklist of tips for the best air or rail experience possible.

An interior graphic detailing tips for traveling by plane or by train with your pet.

Buckle up for a fun adventure, no matter how you travel. You and your furry friend are about to make memories that will last a lifetime. Happy tails …er… we mean trails!


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The information in this blog has been developed with our veterinarian and is designed to help educate pet parents. If you have questions or concerns about your pet's health or nutrition, please talk with your veterinarian.