Just like you should intricately plan your own vacation, you should also carefully plan any trip with your pet. The more you plan in advance, the better the chances you’ll have a fun and relaxing travel adventure with your dog or cat. It’s important to never make assumptions and to always do your research in advance before traveling with your pet.
Airline Requirements for Traveling with Pets
Many pet lovers are concerned about the air quality in the cargo hold for smaller pets and want to avoid that situation. Call your chosen airline in advance to see if they allow small pets in the cabin, as long as they’re in a small carrier. If your pet is larger, perhaps you can book first class seats. When you book your flight be sure to include your pet in the arrangements. Often many flights only allow a certain number of animals in the cabin. Whether you decide on cabin or cargo hold, find out exactly what type of carrier or crate is allowed.
Know Document Requirements for Traveling with Pets
Whether you’re driving, flying, or boating, your pet should be up-to-date on their vaccines. If you’re traveling with your pet to Mexico or Canada, you’re going to need to provide proof of rabies vaccine and the overall good health of your pet. If your pet appears to be sick, you’ll have to turn around and go back home. Book a vet visit in advance to have your pet checked out before your trip.
Pack a Pet Care Kit
If your pet needs medications, ensure that they’re packed in a readily accessible part of your purse or bag. Also, consider that accidents may happen while your pet is in their crate or carrier. You may wish to place puppy pads down, just in case, there is an accident. Keep a package of pet wipes handy so you can clean up your pet at a rest stop.
Know Trip Details
In order to access the needs of your pet for a trip, you should have it planned out to the minute. If you’re driving, know exactly where the rest stops are so you can hop out and walk your dog. If it’s in the summertime, be sure to regularly feed and water your pets. If you’re going on a flight, be sure your dog has a spot to relieve themselves before you enter the airport. If your dog is being checked for stowage, you want to ensure he has plenty of food and water in the crate.
There are certain prescription medications and natural supplements that can be given to your pet to make them more relaxed during the trip. Buy these only with the advice of your veterinarian. You may wish to give them a sample dosage prior to the trip, just to ensure that it works and that they won’t have a bad reaction.
It’s worth spending a bit of time researching requirements for traveling with pets. You won’t be able to avoid every travel emergency, but with a bit of advance planning, you’ll be able to make your pet as comfortable as possible on their next big trip with you.
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