Vacations with your Pet

Thinking about taking your pet on a holiday? There are a few things to consider before setting off with your companion animal.

The first thing to think about is whether travel is in the best interest of your pet. If your pet is very young, old, sick or recovering from surgery staying at home would be the best bet. Before departing, visit your veterinarian to ensure your pet is fit for the trip and ask about precautions you should take before embarking on your journey.

Before you leave

Have collar, license, ID tags with your name and phone number, microchip, immunization records, vet phone numbers, required medications, usual pet food, water, dishes, and toys.

Travelling by Car

  • Make sure your pet is accustomed to the car before departing on long road trips.
  • Never leave your pet in a hot car unattended. Your companion animal can suffer irreparable brain damage or possibly death if left alone in the car for just a few minutes.
  • Make sure your car is well ventilated, make frequent stops and bring plenty of water.

Travelling by Plane

  • Call ahead! Make sure that your pet will be permitted on the flight.
  • Air Canada allows pets to travel in the cabin of all aircrafts. For more information visit Air Canada pet transport information
  • WestJet permits pets to travel in the cabin. To see a complete list of restrictions and recommendations you can visit WestJet travel tips
  • Canadian North also permits pets to travel in the cabin. For more information visit Canadian North: Travelling with Pets
  • Make sure the kennel is the proper size for the pet. Your pet should be able to stand, sit, turn around and lie down comfortably during the flight.


  • It is very important that your dog will reliably sit, stay, heel, and come on command. This is not only for the safety of your dog, but for your safety as well!
  • Dogs can frighten as well as harm wildlife so they should be discouraged from barking and kept on a leash at all times
  • Call ahead to campgrounds to ensure that dogs are permitted.
  • Your tent is the safest place for your dog to sleep.

Staying in a Hotel

  • Many hotels and motels now accept pets. When making a reservation, check that their policy allows pets. For a list of pet friendly hotels across North America visit Pets Welcome or Pets Can Stay