Traveling with pets is a stimulating and very refreshing experience. On vacation, you can easily explore different sides of their personalities as they travel around new places and meet new people.
By Guest Blogger, Jeffery Thompson,
However, to ensure a smooth holiday, you must do prior planning and preparation. From packing the right equipment to ensuring that your pet meets all the travel criteria for the destination you are visiting, several things need to be taken care of. But if you are familiar with the essential steps that you need to take, traveling with pets can be a fulfilling experience.
Here, we have listed some basic tips that must be borne in mind while traveling with your pet.
1. Place your pets in a suitable crate:
Whether it is a car journey or a flight, it is advisable to keep your pets tethered in a travel crate. Many dogs, especially those who are crate-trained, behave much better when their movement is restricted. It is also safer for the pet in many ways. You can easily look for durable airline dog carriers online that have been approved by major airlines.
If you are traveling by car, ensure to restrain the carrier by securing it with the seat belt. It will prevent the displacement of the carrier and avoid any harm to the animal inside.
2. Make sure your paperwork is accurate and up-to-date:
If you want to travel with your pet, it is important to have all the correct paperwork. For instance, many destinations require thorough health documents of the incoming pets, authenticated by their vets. Here, the vets will confirm that all the vaccinations of the pet are complete.
Apart from that, you must carry photocopies of your pet’s medical and vaccination records. Photocopies of your pet’s insurance cards and policies are also important. Ensure to jot down important phone numbers that include the contact of your vet, a 24-hour emergency veterinary hospital, and your pet’s insurance agent.
Additionally, many airlines have their unique paperwork requirements for transporting pets. You must check with your airlines in advance to avoid last-minute chaos.
A lot of times, traveling can make the pets dehydrated. To avoid this, make sure to carry an extra pack of water bottles for your furry companion. Also, keep a portable water dish to easily feed your pet.
It is advisable to take regular stops for water if traveling by car. Another effective way of helping your pets feel hydrated is by giving them wet food instead of dry.
4. Select pet-friendly accommodations:
It is not necessary that your favorite accommodation might welcome your little pet as well. So make sure to carefully go through the hotel policy to check if they allow pets. Fortunately, many pet-friendly accommodations have come up that also offer perks like doggie daycare, pet spa, etc.
Also, some hotel properties do not advertise their pet policy. Ensure to inquire about the same beforehand. You must also look for pet-friendly parks and restaurants nearby to ensure a pleasant stay.
5. Keep a pet traveling kit handy:
Pets are nothing less than babies and need proper care and attention. Before going on a vacation with them, you must prepare a pet traveling kit that includes all the essential supplies they need throughout the journey.
The kit must include regular food items, water bowls, disposable napkins, SOS medications, leash, collar, grooming supplies, bedding, treats, and favorite toys. It will ensure a smooth journey.
6. Tag Your Pets:
Alternatively, you can implant a microchip under your pet’s skin that will make them traceable, no matter where they go.
You must also keep a written description of your pet handy that includes the pet’s name, sex, breed, age, height, weight, description of coat, microchip or tattoo number, etc.
7. Skip a meal on travel days:
Traveling can sometimes make pets feel anxious. In many cases, this can lead to stress-induced diarrhea. Also if your pet doesn’t seem stressed before the trip, plain motion sickness can upset their stomach.
To avoid this traumatizing condition, you must feed your pets a little less than their usual diet. If your pet has stomach-related issues, it is best to make them travel on an empty stomach. However, this does not mean that you should starve your pet. You can simply skip the last meal that you would normally give them before the commencement of the journey.
Pets are the best travel companions. Planning a little ahead of time will make sure that you have a dynamic travel experience. Following the tips, as mentioned above, will help you pitch in the little extra effort and have a stress-free journey with your beloved pet.