CHECK OUT THESE AMAZING TIPS TO MAKE TRAVELLING WITH YOUR PET MORE ENJOYABLE
Most dogs love to ride in cars. You may notice dog ears flapping in the wind on any given day traveling with your pet does take a certain amount of preparation.
Here are some tips to help your pet enjoy the trip.
- If your pet hasn't been on a long journey before, it's a good idea to take it for short rides to get it used to the car.
- Obtain a harness, which can be attached to the seat belt. Allowing a pet to ride in a car without the restraint of some kind can cause an accident.
- Keep the pet in the back seat, never in the front where he can cause a distraction.
- Ensure the collar is sturdy and has the proper ID tags, as well as your home address on it in case the pet gets away from you.
- Pack the following items the night before the trip: water, food, bowls, bedding for the car, toys, pet treats, plenty of plastic bags, and a first aid kit.
- Stop frequently to feed, water, allow the pet to exercise, and take the all-important "bathroom" breaks. Always keep the pet on a leash.
- Try not to travel on days when it is boiling hot. If mildly warm, use the AC, but always check to ensure the pet is comfortable.
- Don't allow your pet to put his head out of the window. Instead, leave the window open a crack.
- If you happen to stop for a snack, never leave a pet inside the car. He can become dehydrated, especially in warm and hot weather. Either take the pet with you or have someone watch the pet for you.
- A small kennel is recommended for car travel if you have a puppy or kitten.
If you plan on taking your pet with you to another country, specific requirements depend upon the airline you choose. While some airlines will allow you to take a pet on board, others will only put them in the luggage compartment.
Taking a pet on a long airline flight is a bit more involved today than it used to be. With safety regulations and long waits on the tarmac, owners have to consider the risks associated with airline travel.
If your pet has never been on a plane before, it could be scary, and they can get anxious. Considering that some people find airline travel a hassle, it certainly would not be an enjoyable trip for a pet! Also, most pet owners frown upon sedating a pet for airline travel, and experts agree. Pets can become disoriented, so it may take a few days for them to rebound.
If you plan on taking an overseas trip, the best course of action would be to have a family member or friend care for the pet while you're gone.
If no one is available to take care of the pet, the last recourse would be to house the pet at a kennel. But that's the very last resort!