Pet lovers know that travel, whether planned for business or pleasure, should always consider the needs of your animal friends. Is your hotel pet-friendly or not? Should you consider pet travel or leave them alone with their favorite pet-sitters or play groups? Would the trip be enjoyable for them, or will it prove disastrous? Here are some pet travel tips about pet travel that you should keep in mind.
Noteworthy Pet Travel Tips
Always have identification tags
Much like how important identification cards and passports are for people who are about to board a plane or ship, it is vital that animals, too, are outfitted with proper identification and tracking during pet travel. After all, they tend to love running around, so in case they will get separated from you, it will be easier for you to identify them with help of tags, collars, and even GPS tracking devices like Trackidog.
While ID tags are great for identifying your pets at face value, veterinarians actually recommend fitting them with microchips, or getting them tattooed with the National Dog Registry to get better help in finding and identifying them. However, in using these methods to identify your pet, you will have to remember to register your pet’s number.
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Train dogs while young
Puppy training is more than just teaching your pet to obey your commands, it is also a way to help acclimate him to car travel. One of the most frequently mentioned pet travel tips is to put your pet in the car from time to time to help him remain calm and focused especially during longer rides. Allow for a reward system during these training periods, as some pets, like humans, can get car sick during pet travel. Remember to train each dog separately if you have multiple pets.
Ensure pet travel safety
Car comfort is not a guarantee that you can leave your pet unguarded in the car. Like humans, they will be more prone to injuries in case of sudden breaks or roadside accidents. For safety purposes, make sure that your pet is comfortable in his recommended crate. Also remember that dogs and cats are predators, so if they feel that their safety is threatened, they tend to attack, which makes it all the more important to keep them secure in a confined, safe space in case they panic.
Look for the best pet travel crate
While fabric carriers make it easy to transport pets for short trips, hard, plastic carriers are more versatile, especially for longer rides. If you want to travel with your pet, a good plastic carrier is safer for different modes of transportation such as airplane, where they are not usually allowed in the main cabin with you.
Keep a first aid pet kit
When you consider pet travel, you should pack a copy of their current medical records for emergency purposes. However, even with that on hand, you will have to consider pet first aid as well. The Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS) can provide information regarding the nearest animal hospitals, but for smaller, simpler injuries, you may want to pack a simple first aid kit, including gauze, bandages, and hydrogen peroxide. When it comes to possible toxin exposure, however, make sure to contact an animal healthcare professional first.
Provide food and water
Unexpected delays are part of traveling, so when your pets are along for the ride, you need to be extra prepared. Whether you made a wrong turn en route to your destination, got stuck in traffic along the way, or had to fix a flat tire, there are many instances that can delay your travel, which can cause anxiety for a pet who is stuck in a small space for longer periods. To avoid hunger and dehydration, you may want to bring some extra food and water for your pet.
Exercise extra vigilance
Pets tend to react to loud noises or unfamiliar stimuli. For instance, loud beeping from other cars, random bumps, and even tantalizing smells could incite a reaction from your pet. Uncrated dogs could even go as far as try to chase down smells and jump out of car windows, which is not safe for them and for the cars and other people around them as well. Because of this, you need to keep your pet safe and secure in the car at all times.
All pet travel tips focus on keeping them safe and happy, so take extra precautions before taking them on an adventure. This will ensure not only your pets’ safety but yours as well. Enjoy the holidays!