Are you planning on taking your pet along on your vacation? It will be more fun, and you won’t have to worry about leaving a member of your family behind in an unfamiliar kennel. With some extra planning and forethought, you can have a safe and enjoyable trip with your pet. However, traveling is very stressful to a pet. Imagine the stress you’re under when you’re traveling and multiply that a thousand times and that’s how your pet feels.
Some things to think about include:
- Taking a Road Trip
You’ll need to find a comfortable and safe way for your pet to travel if you’re driving with your pet, You can place your pet in a carrier and secure it in the car. Alternatively, you can purchase a seatbelt-like harness for your pet that will allow him to be out of the carrier but still safely restrained. It isn’t safe to allow your pet to roam freely in the car. He can be severely hurt in the event of even a minor accident, and he is much more likely to escape and become lost when you make stops. Carry some of your pet’s food along with you, and feed your pet only small amounts of food at a time. You may want to have your pet wait and eat when you arrive to avoid carsickness if your trip is short.
- Flying with your pet
Many pet owners do not like to travel with their pets because it can be traumatic for them, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. Unless your pet is very small, he will fly as cargo and not in the cabin with you. Check with your airline to determine what type of carrier is acceptable and what rules apply to flying with a pet. Also, ask what conditions the pet will fly in and what safety precautions are in place etc. Ask your veterinarian if your pet is well enough to fly or if there are any special precautions you should take.
- International Travel
It requires careful planning when you are taking your pet out of the country. Firstly you need to check the regulations for the country you are traveling to and verify that your pet has the required vaccinations. In some cases, you’ll need to have the vaccines administered weeks before your departure date.
Most countries will require a Rabies Vaccination Certificate and a Health Certificate. Your veterinarian can help you obtain both of these. The country you are traveling to may require that you complete paperwork gaining permission to bring your pet into the country. Also, some countries have quarantine regulations that may require your pet to remain in a kennel for up to several months.
- Pet-Friendly Hotels
A quick search on the Internet can help you find hotels that are receptive to pets. Many travel sites also allow you to specify only pet-friendly accommodations. Check if the hotel has any specific rules regarding a pet. If your pet requires walks, ask for a room that opens on the outside. This will be more convenient for those late night trips outdoors.
With some planning, traveling with your pet can be a fun and rewarding experience. You can plan a short weekend trip before you embark on a longer vacation, as this can help your pet acclimate to travel, and you will learn how well your pet travels.