Travel Team | Oct 19, 2018
A few days before your trip, leave the carrying case out around the house. This gives your pet time to get comfortable with it before hitting the road. Place food inside and let them explore it. For added comfort, place your pet’s favorite blanket, toy or treat in the case, too — this will help make it feel like home, taking away some of their stress.
It’s important to bring all of the necessary items that your pet uses daily, since the two (or more) of you will be far away from home. Your pet should feel comfortable in the new space; your goal is to make them feel like they never left home.
There’s nothing worse than getting to the airport and realizing you haven’t followed the rules and regulations of a certain airline. Below are the policies for traveling with pets per six of the major United States airlines.
With the right steps taken, it’s not necessary to sedate your pet before your journey. Instead, get them to feel comfortable being in their carrying case by including their toys, food, water, and more prior to leaving. Your pet will want to be in its case during travel if it feels a little more like home.
If you’re pet is naturally nervous, talk to your vet about getting a them a temporary prescription to an anti-anxiety medicine. Your vet will recommend the best treatment to make your pet comfortable.
Emergencies can unfortunately happen anytime, anywhere. Keep yourself and your pet safe by planning ahead in case something unexpected occurs. Your safety plan should include the following:
Contact Information: Both your own contact information and your veterinarian’s address and phone number are important in case of emergency.
Care: Write a list of the different aspects of pet’s needs. Include vaccinations, medication routines, feeding habits, and anything else that could be of use.
Additional Info: In case your pet needs a new place to stay, find a facility for them in both at your destination and back at home.
To ensure your pet is safe and remains in the right hands, always make sure to properly ID them before travel. Get a microchip inserted if you are able, and ensure all external tags are visible with your accurate contact information.
Humans and animals alike can become dehydrated, especially when in a plane’s air filtration system. If a pet has a water from a place they are not accustomed to, it could cause an upset stomach. Bring bottled water along with you to serve in a dish to your pet while traveling. If your pet is stowed away, ensure they are given water immediately following arrival. Occasionally, buses and trains may not have easy access to water. If so, find out if a bottle of water is okay to bring on board.
Whether traveling via plane, bus, car or train, it is crucial to understand and take the necessary steps to keeping your pet safe and comfortable in transit. Preparing and planning before departure will leave you with less of a headache when traveling with Fido. With these tips in mind, your four-legged friend will catch the travel bug just as much as you!
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