Tips For Traveling With A Pet

Tips For Traveling With A Pet

There are many pet owners who feel that a holiday is not complete if their four-legged friend is not with them. If you are one of these people, you need to know how to travel with your pet correctly so you do not stress or injure them. There are a number of tips that you can use when you travel to ensure that you and your pet have a good time.

When You Travel By Plane

It is actually recommended that you avoid any air travel with your pet. The changes in air pressure and the preparation can be very stressful for your pets. However, if you have to take your pet on a plane with you, there are a number of steps that you should do beforehand.

  • The first step is to try and book a direct flight to your holiday tour destination. This will decrease the chances of your pet being left on the tarmac during the layover. Your pet will also not have to be handled by the baggage personnel very much as there will be no changing of planes.

  • Before your trip, you will also need to visit the vet for a checkup. You will need to ensure that all of your pet’s vaccinations are up to date and that you get a health certificate from the vet because your pet might not be allowed to fly without one. The health certificate should be dated within 10 days of your departure date.

  • A lot of pet owners think that tranquilizing their pet for the flight is the best solution and will be the less traumatic option. This is actually something that you should avoid because it could affect their breathing while you fly. If you are taking a trip outside of the United States, you will need to check if there are any additional health care requirements needed for your pet to fly and enter the country.

  • When it comes time to fly, you need to ensure that your pet’s crate has the proper identification on it. You should mark the crate with the words ‘Live Animal’ and include your name, contact number, the destination and a photo of your pet. The photo is important if your pet were to escape the crate.

  • When traveling with a pet, you should tell every airline employee that you come into contact with that you have a pet in the cargo hold. This ensures that they are aware of the pet and will be ready if there is any additional attention needed. If your plane is delayed, you can insist that the airline staff check on your pet when possible.

When You Travel By Car

When you travel by car, there is more to taking your pet with you than simply putting them in the back seat and taking off. This is particularly true when you are driving long-distance or are going to be away for a prolonged period of time. If you are taking your pet in the car with you, there are some things that you need to do first.

  • Preparing your pet for the long trip is the most important. You should get your pet used to the vehicle by taking them on short drives and gradually lengthening the time they spend in the car. If you are going to be traveling across state lines, you will need to have your pet’s rabies vaccination record on hand.

  • The safety of your pet while they are in the car is also important and you should place them in a secure and well-ventilated carrier or crate. The carrier or crate will need to be large enough for your pet to stand, turn and lie down. You should secure the carrier in the car so that it does not slide or shift during the drive. If you are going to forgo the carrier, you should never let your pet ride in the car with its head out of the window and always keep them secured in the back seat with a harness.

  • It is also recommended that you pack a pet-friendly travel kit. This kit should include pet food, a bowl, plastic bags, a waste scoop, medication, grooming supplies and a first aid kit. You should also consider the travel documents that you will need for your pet. This is particularly important if you are crossing state lines or driving into another country.

  • You should also think about packing your pet’s favorite toy or pillow because this will give them a sense of familiarity. When it comes to feeding your pet, you should avoid doing this while the car is moving. You will need to have a travel-feeding schedule that you keep to. You should also provide your pet with bottled water because drinking water from an area that your pet’s body is not used to can cause discomfort.

If you are flying for the first time, don’t forget to check out our airport security tips.