Our pets are our companions. This is the reason why we want them to be part of our memories—from spending time with our family, experiencing individual milestones and even traveling with us.
However, traveling with pets is not always as easy as it seems especially when we talk about long travel times and different methods of traveling. While we may be equipped with the ability to stay stationary for a long time, our pets are used to walking around and being active. If you want to travel with your pets, you should know the proper way to do so. Otherwise, you might end up making them feel uncomfortable or worse by putting their safety at risk.
Different Ways You Can Travel with Your Pet
Depending on the destination of your trip, there are various ways of traveling with your pet. Before knowing how to care for your pet while traveling, you should have an idea of your travel options. With this information, you will know the proper instructions when traveling with your pet. Here are some of the most common traveling options for you and your pet:
Road Trip with your pet
One of the most common ways of traveling with your pet are road trips. Road trips are generally easy as long as you ease your pet into it. For shorter road trips, there’s no problem with bringing along your pet. However, for longer trips, first allow your pet to experience shorter trips. Then, gradually introduce him to longer trips so that the experience is positive.
Traveling via airplane
For farther destinations, an option may be traveling on an airplane with your pet. These can be convenient, but the air pressure and environment might not be fit for some pets. Make sure that you study about traveling via planes before bringing your pet. Smaller pets are allowed to travel in an airline approved pet carrier beneath the owner’s seat. Contact your airline for specific regulations.
Traveling via ships or boats
Another traveling option for you and your pets are ships and boats. These are relatively safe as well. However, just like people, pets can become sea-sick too. Since it can be challenging to train your pet to become acclimated to traveling aboard ships, be prepared to help him to adjust. You can pack favorite toys and chew toys to create a positive environment for him.
Note that for public ships and planes, you should ask beforehand if they allow traveling with pets. That way, you can make sure that your pet will be accommodated and there is proper preparation for his traveling comfort and safety such as identification and life jackets.
Helpful Tips When Traveling with Your Pet
To help you have an idea on how you can take care of your pets while traveling, we have prepared a few tips for you:
Keep your pets in a spacious and well-ventilated carrier.
You have numerous options when it comes to the type of carriers you can buy for your pets. (Again, always check with the regulations for traveling via airplane or ship.) There are wire mesh carriers, soft-sided carriers and even hard-plastic carriers. Depending on the kind of pet you have and his size, you should buy the appropriate carrier. As a rule of thumb, you should get a carrier that is large enough for your pet to stand, sit down, lie down and turn around. It should also be secure and breathable.
Feed your pet hours before traveling.
You should feed your pet several hours before traveling especially if he has not had much experience in traveling. This will help to prevent sickness in a moving vehicle. Take light meals before taking trips.
Gradually expose your pet to traveling.
Many pets are not comfortable traveling long distances inside carriers. To make them feel comfortable, you should train them in a series of shorter drives so they can adapt to the feel of traveling.
Do not leave your pets alone in a vehicle.
Never leave your pet in an unattended parked vehicle. The temperature inside can get overwhelmingly extreme. Leaving your pet inside an unattended car can physically harm him.
Do not allow your pet to dangle on windows.
It may look cute and picturesque, but letting your pet dangle his head and lean out an open window may lead to accidents. To avoid unfortunate circumstances, try to secure him in a pet carrier or dog seat belt.
Prepare a traveling kit for your pet.
Make sure to always bring a complete travel kit for your pet. It should include a leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags, medication, first-aid kit, grooming supplies, pillows and toys, and even travel papers (airplane or ship). By doing so, you will be prepared to help your pet stay safe and comfortable.
These are some of the many things you should do when preparing for a trip with your pet. You should also make sure that your pet has a collar or a tag for identification in case they get lost. Try to leash train your pet to lessen the possibility of him roaming around during the trip.
Have Fun Traveling with Your Pet Now!
Make sure that you know the most important details when it comes to traveling with pets. When in doubt, seek advice from Positive Paws Training.
Traveling with your pets can be fun as long as you know how to take care of them before, during, and after the trip. Learn more about traveling with pets with us to ensure that you have a great experience with your constant companion!