For pet owners, going on vacation means you have to decide how best to care for your pet while you’re away. Most pet lovers can’t afford to leave behind so many cherished family members. To ease your mind, we have compiled a list of great tips to help you travel with your pets.
Get on the plane
If you are flying, check the terms and conditions for pets described by the specific airline you are traveling with. I recommend calling or emailing if you need clarification on the situation.
By Land: Map out of the bathroom
If you’re driving to your destination, it’s important to map out and schedule bathroom breaks. To prevent the animal from becoming restless, use the bathroom to allow it to walk around.
By Land: Test the evidence of experience
Before going on a long trip with your beloved pet, you need to know what you are wearing. Take them for a 2-hour drive to see if they suffer from motion sickness or severe anxiety. This will help you take precautions, if necessary. It will also familiarize them with the situation and allow them to get comfortable with it. You can take this a bit further by giving them a gift every time they enter the car to create a positive association with it.
By Land: Crate for safety
Although the idea of locking up your pet may seem bad, when you’re traveling, it’s a safety concern. Animals roaming freely around the vehicle while driving can be very distracting and dangerous. Research shows that pets can also reduce anxiety during long-distance travel.
Puppy pads, puppy pads and more puppy pads!
Even if you have a house-trained adult pet, traveling can often confuse them, which can lead to minor accidents. So make sure you have a puppy pad that you can use anywhere.
Handling pets in unfamiliar surroundings can be very scary for you and your pet. In case of emergency, it is very important to have a strong collar & tag with your contact details. If you are travelling, your contact details may not apply, so please remember to update the tag.
Save for your needs.
When you’re on vacation, all you have to worry about is refilling your pet’s prescription, finding a favorite food — or worse, introducing a new food that causes a negative reaction. To avoid this, pack enough food for the entire stay and then some. Don’t rely on buying food at the destination. Pack some toys and blankets from home for fun on the trip.
Check with your vet
Visit your vet for a full checkup before your vacation. If your pet is prone to motion sickness, worry, your vet will be able to give you a suitable prescription. Make the most of your visit and ask anything that comes to mind.
Find pet friendly accommodation
There is often a misconception that hotels and motels will accommodate your pets, but this is not always the case. It is important to double check before making a payment. Be clear about your pet’s size and requirements to ensure a positive experience for your beloved pet as well as yourself. If you have larger pets, you may want to choose a vacation home.
Through careful planning, preparation and these practical tips, you can have an amazing travel experience with your pets, regardless of your destination.