Traveling with pets requires extra preparation and work. But pet owners who don’t want to leave their dog or cat behind when traveling still make this extra effort especially if they don’t want to be separated for a long time. For them, the extra work is worth it when they can enjoy a trip with their furry friend.
Preparation for the trip begins with a visit with the vet. Make sure your pet’s pictures are up-to-date. Also secure necessary medications, if your pet takes them, during the trip.
When making a hotel reservation, mention that you will bring your pet with you and if they charge extra for that. If you use the services of a travel agent, they will find several pet-friendly accommodations for you to choose from. Not all hotels are pet friendly. It’s better to find out ahead of time than to be stressed about having to find a place to stay at the last minute in an unknown place.
Don’t forget to bring the right size pet carrier. It should be large enough to allow the pet to lie down and stand up. It shouldn’t be too big, but you’ll have a hard time getting around it.
When you get to the end and walk and explore, keep your pet. Being in a strange and unfamiliar place can cause them to stray or steal from others. Also bring a flea collar or apply flea medication on your skin to avoid fleas or ticks from the places you visit.
Always have a water bottle and a small bag of treats to keep pets happy while exploring new surroundings. Like humans, they also need a bathroom. Be extra careful of animal signals to avoid unpleasant surprises.
Finally, be a responsible owner and always clean up after your pet. A small vacuum will come in handy when you need to pick up bits of dog or cat food or cat litter. Some hotels will add extra charges for the mess they cause.