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When traveling by bus with your pet, it’s best to secure them in a crate or travel harness and make plenty of stops for exercise and potty breaks.

You'll need to call ahead to many shuttle companies, buses, taxies, trolleys and other mass transportation facilities as very few allow pets, though service animals are allowed. For any of these modes of travel be sure to use a crate or carrier when able and bring a tether to secure your pet or the carrier.

Train travel: While train travel can be cultural experience, catching your train shouldn't be difficult or complicated, but you should know a few details ahead of time to make your trip with your pet more comfortable. Not only do you want to get a seat on the train - the right train - you want to ride safely and securely. Tag your dog. Sometimes all the precautions in the world are no match for a clever dog bent on escaping.

Before you travel, get your dog a collar and an engraved tag with plenty of contact information (and your cell phone number, so you can be reached while traveling). Travel with care. Although some small dogs can ride with their owners in the train cars, many must ride in cargo with no climate controls. Completely avoid placing your animal in train cargo holds. If you must, do so during spring and fall when the temperature isn't too hot or cold.

Affix a travel label to the carrier with your name, permanent address and telephone number, final destination, and where you or a contact person can be reached as soon as the train arrives.

Make sure that your pet's nails have been clipped to protect against their hooking in the carrier's door, holes and other crevices.

Take a month prior to travel to familiarize your animal with the carrier, as this will minimize his or her stress during travel.

Don't give your pet tranquilizers unless your veterinarian prescribes them. Make sure your veterinarian understands that the prescription is for train travel



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