Whenever you’re going on a vacation, it’s always difficult to leave your pet behind. Not only you miss your four-legged friend, but it also gets stressed out because of being so lonely.
It’s becoming very common for people to take their pets on a vacation. But not all pets fare well with it. Be it a road trip or a flight journey, you need to make sure that the homely animal does not suffer. It may be difficult for some pet owners to travel smoothly on a trip, but with the right care, you and your beloved friend would enjoy the trip fully. Here are a few tips for taking your faithful companion on a vacation:
For a road trip
Road trips are easier with pets, since you use your own vehicle and there are lesser restrictions. Still, you should take some precautions before going on a long trip.
- Short trip:
Before being too enthusiastic and going on a long journey, try to see the response of your pet by planning a short trip. If it’s homesick or carsick, avoid taking him for a longer trip.
- Pet Seat Belt:
Use a pet seat belt, as its movements can be distracting. It may be dangerous for it to stick its head or paws out of the windows.
Stop after fixed intervals of time, about two or three hours for bathroom breaks. Animals also need some exercise and movement.
Keep lots of water. Along with humans, animals need to be sufficiently hydrated, too.
If it wanders about, attach another tag with your name and phone number in case the pet gets lost. Never leave inside a locked car, as it can get really hot.
Flying with a dog or a cat can be a difficult job. It may not be easy for the pet to do it and there may be restrictions on the airlines.
- Physical condition:
If your pet is too old or too young, it is better to leave it at home. While some pet breeds are fine with traveling in cargos, others may suffer. Dog breeds like pugs have some problems with it and such breeds must be left at home.
- Research about rules and regulations:
Fees and regulations of pets flying as baggage or in the cabin are different for different airlines. Be careful while taking pets on a flight because there have been incidents of pets being lost or injured. Research about the airline before carrying the animal.
If you are going abroad, search for the common pet diseases in the country and get your pet vaccinated.
- Pet only airlines:
Such airlines take good care of the pets, with an attendant checking on the animals after regular intervals of time. Pets are given bathroom breaks and you can pick them up from the pet lounge.
Pet carriers should have enough room for the pet to move. If you’re taking your pet for the first time, spend time in making it used to the carrier.
Just before the flight, play with your pet and try to get them tired. This way, they will sleep for most of the journey.
Add information about your pet and your contact both on the carrier as well as the collar.
Some other tips
- For any further problems, consult your veterinarian.
- Take familiar toys to keep the pet comfortable
- Hotels may not allow pets. To make sure this does not happen, you can visit sites like petfriendly.com where you can find hotels which allow pets along with travellers.
Going on a vacation with your dog or cat is exciting. Do it responsibly to enjoy your vacation.