The most common pets, cats and dogs are truly a part of the family. As such, they deserve to travel with us and explore the world too when we go on holidays.
However, many pet owners feel insecure about taking their cat or dog on long trips due to the difficulties that may arise. If you aren’t one of them and believe that traveling with your pet is a must, then read on.
To help you and your pet enjoy your next getaway, we have prepared a few tips on how to simplify your travel and avoid difficulties.
Pay attention and get ready to take your four-legged buddy on an adventure of a lifetime.
Get Your Pet Tired Before A Long Trip
Short car trips for a dog or cat are usually pretty painless. However, on long trips, dogs can get anxious and agitated. Cats on the other hand tend not to mind being lazy, so this tip is more useful for dogs.
Take your dog for a long walk or run in the park so they burn off a lot of energy. Then, they will be ready to lay down and hopefully can spend most of the travel time sleeping.
Prepare A Ventilated, Secure Carrier
We know how you imagine the trip with your pet: your fluffy friend sitting in your lap and you conquer the world together. However, it doesn’t work like that.
Traveling long distances demands a carrier for your pet’s safe transportation. If you don’t have one, buy it before you travel and make sure it’s large enough to fit them comfortably.
You wouldn’t like being cramped in a small space for long periods of time, so make sure you purchase a suitably sized carrier according to your pet’s size.
Take Your Pet For a Short Test Travel
In order to help your pet get used to traveling before you take on a long distance vacation, you should perform one or a few test travel trips.
This should include their pet carrier so they can get used to getting in, spending some time travelling and then getting out. The first time they enter the carrier it will be scary, but after they get used to the process it will get easier each time.
A test travel trip may involve driving your pet in your car on a long tour around the city or carrying it inside the carrier while using public transportation. That way your pet will get familiar with the whole traveling process.
Avoid Feeding Your Pet Just Before and During Travel
Obviously this tip needs to be taken into account on a case by case basis. It would be cruel to not feed them if the travel time was 12-24+ hours long. But otherwise this tip can help avoid any smelly surprises. You probably assume what might happen if you do feed them.
Also, never feed your pet in a moving vehicle, as food can also get thrown all over the vehicle.
Never Leave Your Pet Locked in A Vehicle
Just like people, animals will not survive the boiling temperatures if locked in a vehicle on a hot day. On the other end of the scale they could also freeze to death in cold weather.
The other risk is that they are forgotten and left to starve. Either way, you should never leave your vehicle in your vehicle unattended.
Always Keep Your Pet’s Essentials Nearby
To avoid difficulties of your travel, always keep your travel papers, vaccine records, bowl, food, medication, and plastic bags within reach.
You might also consider to pack your pet’s favorite toy and keep them amused while traveling. All pets feel better and safer with familiar objects in unfamiliar environments.
Prepare for The Worst – Losing Your Pet on Your Trip
It is every pet owner’s worst nightmare – they go missing!
Make sure your pet wears a collar with your cell phone number on it and a temporary address of where you’re staying. Also, make sure that your pet has an identification microchip to help the process of them being reconnected with you, if they are lost and found.
Book Pet-Friendly Accommodation
This one should be a no-brainer, but it must be listed. If you don’t confirm if your pet is welcome to stay with you, you will ruin the whole trip!