BREA, Calif., May 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the Travel Industry Association of America, approximately 30 million people travel with pets each year. With so many pets on the road, in the air, and away from their usual surroundings, it's vital that pet owners do their homework before embarking on a journey with their four-legged family members.
While planning their summer escape, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the nation's oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance, reminds pet owners that preparation is the key to ensuring a fun and safe vacation. Below are six travel tips for pet parents and their furry friends:
- Make sure your pet is wearing identification at all times in case she becomes separated or lost. Verify that your pet's ID tag is up-to-date, durable, legible and includes your mobile phone number.
- Pack a recent photo of your pet along with current vaccination records. If your pet becomes lost, having a current photograph will make the search easier.
- Pack enough food to safeguard against travel delays.
- Book a pet-friendly hotel. With more than 25,000 hotels in the U.S. allowing pets, there are plenty of properties from which to choose.
- Choose early morning or late evening flights to avoid temperature extremes that may affect your pet.
- Look up details about a veterinary hospital near your destination (phone number, hours, driving distance). If your pet has a medical emergency you'll be prepared and know where to go.
In addition to the tips listed above, VPI recommends pet owners consider their pet's personality to determine if she will be content in surroundings outside her comfort zone. A discussion with a veterinarian regarding travel plans may also be helpful.
"If you're planning to take your pet on vacation, it's a good idea to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to confirm your pet's vaccinations are up to date and that she receives a clean bill of health," said Carol McConnell, DVM, MBA, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for VPI. "Traveling with pets by air requires specific attention because airlines will require a formal health certificate from your veterinarian."
McConnell also recommends, "It is also critical to ask your veterinarian about unique exposures at your travel destination (such as mosquitos and/or ticks), and inquire if preventive medication is appropriate for your pet."
About Veterinary Pet Insurance
With more than 485,000 pets insured nationwide, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co./DVM Insurance Agency (VPI) is a member of the Nationwide Insurance family of companies and is the oldest and largest pet health insurance company in the United States. Since 1982, VPI has helped provide pet owners with peace of mind and is committed to being the trusted choice of America's pet lovers.
VPI Pet Insurance plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for multiple medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. CareGuard® coverage for routine care is available for an additional premium. Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Additionally, more than 3,300 companies in the U.S. offer VPI Pet Insurance as an employee benefit. Policies are offered and administered by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company in California and DVM Insurance Agency in all other states. Underwritten by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company (CA), Brea, CA, an A.M. Best A rated company (2012); National Casualty Company (all other states), Madison, WI, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2012). Pet owners can find VPI Pet Insurance on Facebook or follow @VPI on Twitter. For more information about VPI Pet Insurance, call 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or visit petinsurance.com.
SOURCE Veterinary Pet Insurance Co.