Planning a trip can be stressful no matter the circumstances. You have a whole new list of things to think about when you decide to include the family pet in your plans, which include packing the right supplies, reviewing the pet policy of your hotel and making sure that your pet fits the travel requirements for the country or state you are heading. But if you know what measures to take, traveling along your pet could be a good experience for everyone involved.
5 amazing tips to travel with your pet
What to keep in mind before you plan a trip with your furry companion?
Here we have listed 5 amazing tips to travel with your Pet. Have a look!
1. Make sure your pet is comfortable in a pet carrier
You might be considering giving your pet plenty of room on long road trips, but it’s typically safer to give them a small space that’s their own. It’s often better for the dog or any other pet because if they’re crate-trained, that’s their area of security. This is a safer option for your pet: A pet in a secure cage is far better off if it rolls freely around in a car’s backseat.
2. Filling up pet carriers with toys isn’t a good idea
It’s a nice idea to give your pet plenty of toys to play with at home however it’s a different scenario on long trips. Loading into their container any toy that your pet enjoys takes up what little space they have to themselves. If the container is fully-occupied, their moving around and adjusting their position may be impossible. “Yeah, people want to make their pets comfortable, but you may not want to fill that pet container up, either. So less is good.
3. Skip off a meal on days of travel
No matter how accommodating you are to your pet, there is inevitable anxiety on their part. Expert says stress-diarrhea is a common sign of this — and that’s the last factor that pet parents would want to deal with on a long car or airplane ride. First, don’t ever forget to carry a cat litter box, it will help you a lot when you’re traveling.
Although if before the flight, your pet doesn’t seem nervous, plain old motion-sickness will easily disturb your pet’s stomach. Expert suggests feeding them little than what you would usually do before traveling to avoid possible accidents: “if you have got a pet that you know has some intolerances, I’d keep your stomach empty. It is going to be good for the pet and it’s going to be better for everyone in the plane /car too.
That really doesn’t indicate you’re going to starve your pet if they ask for food; just miss the last meals you’d usually feed them before you start your journey.
4. Make sure you have all the correct paperwork.
If you are planning a long journey with your pet, without any of the necessary documentation, you won’t get very far. Almost all countries require that arriving pets have the latest medical certificate approved by an authorized veterinarian. Before signing the documents, vets will confirm that your pet is healthy and up-to-date on all vaccinations required by the receiving state or country. If you are flying, please feel free to contact the airlines to see if there are any other special documentation needed to travel with your pet.
5. Make it an easy deal to find your pet if they get lost.
An unfamiliar location miles away from home is the worst place to lose your pet. Before your trip, make sure they’re easy to find in case the worst happens. Injecting a microchip underneath the skin of your dog or cat will make it identifiable wherever you go in the country. If you’re not willing to commit to that procedure, at least make sure the contact information on their tags is up-to-date—that way, they’re more likely to be returned to safety if someone finds them.
Bonus: Keep your pet hydrated
Without continuous access to water when they need it while traveling, pets can easily be dehydrated. Bare that in mind when traveling with your four-legged passenger, and pack extra water. It is ideal to allow animals to self-regulate their intake of water, perhaps by affixing a bowl to the inside of their container, but if it is not feasible, stop quite often to give them the opportunity to drink. A whole other way of keeping them feeling happy is to provide them with wet food rather than dry food; according to Experts, the water content in wet food can serve to hydrate animals.
Keep them occupied with a toy.
Don’t ever consider leaving your animal alone in a car.
Choose pet-friendly accommodations.
Make your travel destination feel like home.
Know when it’s best to leave your pet at home.
Have a plan with your travel mates at the end of your journeys so that one person can instantaneously pick up your pet and take him outside. The pet may feel anxious or queasy or he might just be excited to see you! Give yourself a time buffer to let your pet settle.
Taking a dog on a journey – or any other pet! – can be stressful. Make sure you take him to a pet-friendly place when you reach where he would comfortably relax and get back to his spunky, tail-wagging style!
What are your travel stories with your pet? Leave your comments, and let us know!
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