Our emergency services are now available 24 hours on WEEKENDS.  Overnights will be limited to Friday/Saturday/Sunday at this time. We will update you when further expansion of hours is anticipated.

Travel Tips For You And Your Pets


Traveling with pets make things like temperature control and insulation important considerations. This is especially true if your trip will last for a few weeks or longer. While dogs are the top choice for travel companions, some people are now choosing to have their cat, bird, snake, and even lizard travel with them. While it’s a good idea to avoid extended travel with any animal, some people are even living in an RV with them today.

What to do Before Traveling with Your Pet

Regardless of what type of pet you have, there are certain things you should do before you hit the road. Some of the most important things that you should never overlook include:

  • Carry an international statement of health for your pet which includes their up-to-date rabies vaccination. When you’re crossing the border in either Mexico or Canada, you’ll need a U.S. Fish and Wildlife permit for your pet. These last for three years.
  • Make sure you have fleas and ticks under control.
  • Obtain both an ID tag and a microchip for your pet.
  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your RV.
  • You should familiarize yourself with any breed restrictions that the campgrounds you plan to visit have in place. Some of these campgrounds will also require certificates of veterinary inspection.
  • Just like you would never leave your pet in a car by themselves, you should never leave them in an RV unattended either. If you must leave them alone in your RV, make sure you have an automated climate control system in place.

Special Tips for Special Animals

Some of the best tips for traveling with pets will depend on what type of animal you’re traveling with.

If you plan to travel with dogs, make sure they’re well-behaved and cooperative, especially in social situations. When you arrive at a campground make sure they have enough time to explore their new surroundings so they aren’t anxious.

Cats also require some special care while you’re traveling. For instance, you must remember to bring kitty litter for their litter box and plenty of hiding spots from which they can get a good view of everything around them – both inside and outside. You should also confine your cat to a kennel or bathroom while driving so they don’t accidentally get under your feet.

Hitting the Road with Your Pet

As you’re loading up your vehicle or RV, make sure your pet is in a secure location. While the best place for them to stay is at a kennel or with some friends, keeping them in their crate or a room with a closed door is also an option. The goal here is to keep them from being stepped on, becoming stressed, or getting lost with all the chaos that’s going on around them. Before you leave you should also stop by the Tampa Bay Veterinary Service to have them checked by one of their vets. Having a healthy pet is the best way to make sure everyone enjoys the trip so schedule your appointment today.

Contact Us

Tampa Bay Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Care Center


1501A Belcher Road South Largo, FL 33771

Clinic Hours

Specialty Hours Monday 8:30a - 5:00p Tuesday 8:30a - 5:00p Wednesday 8:30a - 5:00p Thursday 8:30a - 5:00p Friday 8:30a - 5:00p Saturday Closed Sunday Closed Emergency Care Center (ECC) Monday 10a-10p Tuesday 10a-10p Wednesday 10a-10p Thursday 10a-10p Friday, Saturday, Sunday 24 Hours