Traveling with Your Reptile

While reptiles aren’t the typical travel companions, as compared with dogs or cats, they can be brought along on a family vacation or trip. Here, a Vista veterinarian offers some help to make a trip as smooth and healthy as possible.

Do Your Research

Before leaving home, make sure you know what you’re getting into. Consider how you’re traveling: are you going by car, train, or airplane? Public transportation like buses, trains, or aircraft may not allow reptiles on board. Also be sure to check your destination. Not all hotels allow pets of any kind, much less a reptilian one. Don’t start out on your trip until you’re sure your reptile will be properly cared for and allowed in all spots.

Use a Carrier

While traveling, make sure your pet is safely secured in his carrier. If you’ve never traveled with your reptile before, you’ll need to purchase a sturdy carrier. Your veterinarian can help you with choosing the correct kind. Keep your reptile in this carrier for the duration of the trip—letting a pet roam loose in a car or on public transportation is a recipe for disaster.

Pack Your Supplies

Before leaving, make sure you’ve packed all the supplies your reptile needs. Consider what he needs on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. The basics like food, water, bedding, and heat lamps will come along, of course, but remember to pack medical supplies, medical records, and anything else your pet might potentially need. Also bring along your Vista veterinarian’s phone number in case of an emergency.

Monitor While Traveling

Don’t forget to consistently check on your pet while you’re traveling. It’s a good idea to have someone—whether it’s yourself or another family member—sit with your reptile to keep a constant eye on him. Watch for any signs of discomfort or stress, and take appropriate action if you see them.

Talk with your vet for more advice on traveling with your reptile. By being prepared and doing your research ahead of time, everyone can have a fun and safe trip!