Traveling with Pets

Tips for Traveling with Pets

Ensure a stress-free adventure with your pet by planning, getting your pet ready, traveling safely and comfortable

Traveling with pets can be a fun and rewarding experience, but it can also be stressful if not planned properly. Whether you’re taking a road trip or flying to a new destination, here are some tips for ensuring a stress-free adventure with your furry friend.

1. Plan Ahead: Before hitting the road, make sure to research pet-friendly accommodations and attractions along your route. Many hotels, campgrounds, and vacation rentals now offer pet-friendly options, but it’s important to confirm their pet policy and any associated fees. Also, be sure to bring along any necessary pet supplies, including food, water, bedding, toys and any supplements or medications they normally take when at home as well as flea, tick and mosquito protection that you normally use during the warm seasons at home.

2. Get Your Pet Ready: Make sure your pet is up to date on all vaccinations and has a recent health check-up from a veterinarian. This will help prevent any health issues during your trip. Additionally, consider getting your pet microchipped or wearing a visible ID tag with your contact information in case they become lost during your travels. You may even consider a GPS collar if your pet is prone to escaping or tends to be a runner who doesn’t listen to commands from you. Just make sure to test it out for range of distance and app reliability before you leave on your trip.

3. Travel Safely: If traveling by car, consider investing in a pet safety harness or carrier to keep your pet secure while driving. Avoid leaving your pet unattended in a parked car, as this can quickly become dangerous on hot days. If flying, check with your airline for their pet travel policies and requirements. You may also want to consider a cat or dog transport service to ensure your pet’s safety and comfort during the flight. Generally if your pet can fit in a carry case under the seat, they can travel in the main cabin with you. Just be sure to make the reservation for your pet ahead of time because most airlines have a maximum pet per cabin policy which is sometimes limited to one per flight.

4. Keep Your Pet Comfortable: Just like humans, pets can get stressed during travel. Make sure to bring along familiar items, such as their favorite toys or bedding, to help them feel more at home. Also, be mindful of your pet’s needs, including regular bathroom breaks and opportunities for exercise and play. If you pet is prone to anxiety, you might want to consider something to keep them calm during travel. There are a number of natural products on the market, such as calming collars and jackets, as well as over the counter pet supplements and options available through your veterinarian. If you’re not sure, it’s always best to check with your veterinarian to get a professional opinion.

5. Be Respectful of Others: Not everyone loves pets as much as you do, so it’s important to be respectful of others when traveling with your furry friend. Keep your pet leashed and under control in public spaces, and clean up after them promptly. Additionally, be mindful of noise levels and ensure your pet is not creating any disturbances for other travelers. The last thing you want to do is spoil your trip by causing a fellow passenger to lodge a complaint.

By following these tips, you can ensure a stress-free adventure with your furry friend. With a little planning and preparation, you and your pet can make lasting memories on your travels together. Happy Trails, or should we say Happy Tails, and enter our pet travel sweepstakes today.

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