Travelling With your Pets
Travelling with pets can be a scary, nerve wracking and tense experience for owners and pets . However, this can be pleasant and satisfying, if there is an understanding about what to expect and how to prepare for a travel. A positive attitude and proper preparation can make travelling – easier, comfortable and rewarding for owners as well as their four legged companions.
Here are some tips, to help you and your pet, prepare for a travel:-
Things To Do :-
- Look for pet friendly accommodations. Research, read reviews on hotels and make your reservations, well in advance.
- Look online, for 24 hour pet hospitals or emergency centers, in your destination area.
- Check pet policy, of the hotel, where you intend to stay. Many have restrictions regarding size, breed, number, weight etc.
- A visit to a vet is a must – a basic checkup to ensure that your pet is fit enough to travel. Get a health certificate issued, before ten days, of your journey.
- Check the airline’s website for information on regulations regarding travelling with pets – like dimensions for crate or carrier, list of documentation required, list of vaccination required etc.
- Ensure that your pet has a proper travel ID with your name and contact information.
- Acclimatize your pet to the crate or carrier. Place treats, toys, blanket etc., food and water inside the crate or carrier; get it to spend most of its time inside, till it starts associating the crate/carrier with pleasant experience.
- Exercise pets before a journey by taking it for a long walk, making it run or playing a game of fetch. This drains their energy, makes them tired and they will spend most of their time sleeping.
Important Things to Carry :-
- Crate or carrier – spacious with grips or handles to move it easily; well ventilated, should be labeled.
- Food and water
- Treats and toys
- First aid supplies
- Eating/drinking bowls
- Extra leash/collar
- Puppy pads, baby wipes and towels
Air Travel Tips :-
- It is advisable to take a direct, non-stop flight. Avoid flying during rush hours and peak seasons.
- Airlines do not allow puppies and kittens, who are below eight weeks old, to travel. Also, pets have to be weaned for atleast five days, before travelling by air.
- Place a familiar toy or a blanket in the crate/carrier for added comfort.
- Ensure that the crate or carrier meet the airline requirements.
- Carry health certificate issued, 10 days before your flight and all immunization and health records, as stated airlines.
Car Travel Tips :-
- It is advisable to make short trips, before the big one, to get your pet used to being in the car.
- Consider getting a waterproof seat cover that will make cleaning up easier, in case your pet gets sick.
- Safely secure your pet to a pet car seat or a harness to avoid injury from sudden breaking or a crash.
- Feed healthy and easily digestible snacks instead of big meals.
- Do not feed too much before the travel or while the vehicle is in motion.
- Halt for bathroom breaks, food and water.
- Never leave your pet unattended in the vehicle.
- Do not allow your pet to stick its head outside the doors and windows of your vehicle. Flying dirt and debris can hurt eyes and cause infection.