Safe Pet Travels

Heading out of town this summer/for the holidays? Try PetNotes!

Use the “PetNotes” feature in your Pet Portal to create detailed pet care notes to leave with kennel staff or your pet-sitter. Up-to-date information about each pet’s vaccination status and medications is automatically included. Print out legible instructions for each of your pets now—and save the instructions for future use!

Don’t have a Pet Portal yet? Sign up today—it’s easy! Just give us your e-mail address and you will receive a password by e-mail. To get your Pet Portal simply:

  • Visit our website and click the Pet Portal login button. Just follow the instructions you’ll find under the “Want a Pet Portal?” header.
  • Give us your e-mail address when you visit the hospital
  • Give us your e-mail address when you next speak with us on the telephone

So don’t delay—start managing your pet’s care with your Pet Portal today.

Handy Travel Tips (courtesy of Pfizer Animal Health)

  1. Before you leave for your trip, visit Hunt Valley Animal Hosptial to address any travel concerns, refill necessary prescriptions (like CERENIA for motion sickness – see below) and make sure your pet is up to date on all vaccinations
  2. Plan for some extra stops during your trip.  This gives you and your dog a chance to exercise and take a break.
  3. Many websites offer the names of pet-friendly hotels and restaurants.  Make a list of such places before you head out for your trip.
  4. Bring along contact information for a local veterinarian where you are staying. 
  5. Make sure that there is a place where your pet can stay or someone is able to pet-sit if there are times when you will be away from him/her while on vacation.
  6. If you are staying at someone’s home, make sure there are no potential problems (allergies, aggressive animals, etc.)
  7. If traveling by plane, check specific airline regulations and requirements.
  8. If your pet is not already microchipped, we highly recommend having a microchip implanted and registered before you leave for your trip! 

The car is packed and you are ready to go. Do you have everything your need for a fun and safe trip with your pet?

  • Health history form, including vaccination and medicine history
  • Proof of rabies vaccination
  • Health certificate from Hunt Valley Animal Hospital
  • Pet’s regular food, jug of water (for car trips) and bowls
  • Plastic bags to pick up waste after your dog
  • Pet first aid kit
  • Extra leashes
  • Dog seat belt
  • Car carrier (if necessary)
  • Necessary medications (including CERENIA for motion sickness)
  • Recent photo of your dog
  • Collar with current identification
  • Contact information of veterinarians along your planned route
  • Microchip documentation and contact information in case your pet gets lost.

Motion Sickness

Many dogs get car sick.  This is something you should try to address before you get on the road!  Cerenia is an effective product used for motion sickness in dogs. Using Cerenia is easy!

  • CERENIA is given 2 hours before you leave for your trip
  • Loosely wrap CERENIA in a small amount of food (deli meat, spreadable cheese, peanut butter); stay away from foods like hot dogs, sausage and pill pockets as they may delay the effect of CERENIA
  • Do not feed your dog 1 hour before giving CERENIA

You can be assured that you are giving your dog a safe and effective medication for the prevention of vomiting due to motion sickness.  Please visit for more information and then call us at Hunt Valley Animal Hospital for more information regarding your pet’s travel and how to obtain the first FDA-approved medication to prevent vomiting due to motion sickness – CERENIA!

*Although Cerenia is not approved for use in cats, Hunt Valley Animal Hospital may advise you on prevention of motion sickness for your cat.  Please call us today for more information at 410-527-0800.