How to Travel by Bus With Pets
Travelling by bus is a convenient way to save money whether at home or during a vacation. Unfortunately, they are not a convenient mode of travel for your pet. Plan ahead so you can avoid any pet-related problems with your bus travel plans.
ITEMS YOU WILL NEED
- Pet food, treats and toys
- Proof of rabies vaccination
- Animal health certificate
Not all bus lines allow you to travel with your pet so call the bus line ahead of time to make sure your pet is allowed to board and find out the rules or procedures for boarding a pet.
Take your dog’s typical demeanour into account. If your pet is often frightened by strangers, you may want to consider putting him in a crate so he won’t try to run and hide on the bus.
Make pet treats and toys readily available by carrying them in your pockets. If your pet is crated, keep food, toys, and familiar items in the crate.
Carry proof of rabies vaccination and a current health certificate with you if the bus will be crossing state or international borders, as recommended by the American Veterinarian Medical Association.
Ask permission to sit next to people on the bus with your pet. Aside from being polite, this consideration is necessary to make sure you are not seated by somebody with a dog or cat phobia or pet allergies.
Try to sit near the back of the bus as a courtesy to avoid disturbing passengers getting on or off as the bus makes stops. This is especially important for dogs that tend to bark at strangers.