Any pet lover would jump at the chance to travel and see the world with their furry friends. And since our dogs and cats are valued members of our families, it is rather heart breaking to leave them behind while we embark on an exciting travel adventure. I am sure many of us will agree that the joys of toting our furry loves around while on vacation far outweigh the disadvantages and the trouble that sometimes go with it.
Bear in mind that pet friendly travel, especially for a long journey, will be much like bringing a baby. That is why it is best to be prepared for any surprises. Pack these tricks up your sleeve to make you and your pet’s life a lot easier while on the go.
Here are 5 practical tips to consider when planning to bring your four-legged friend on your next out-of-the-country adventure:
1. Plan ahead – Nothing beats planning ahead and doing your research to keep you on top of any tricky situation involving your pet while in transit. Research pet friendly facilities and establishments located at your destination so you will be sure to go where your pet will be welcomed and attended to. Nowadays, there are many vacation homes and restaurants that cater to guests who bring their pets along. Make sure to look for these ahead of time.
2. Bring your pet to the vet – Especially if you are away for a few days or more, it is best to schedule a quick visit to your vet to have your pet checked before you leave for your vacation. Traveling can be very stressful, especially to animals, so make sure to check with your veterinarian to make sure your pet is in tip top shape to travel. Don’t forget to ask for a few pointers that may come in handy when traveling with a pet.
3. Make your furry friend as comfy as possible – To ensure that your pet will not fuss around or throw a fit while traveling, especially by air, make sure that they are in very comfortable conditions while in transit. Bring them in larger crates so that they can freely move around and stretch their legs, especially if you will be out on the road for longer periods of time. If your pets are not used to traveling, it is also important that you do a dry run before your big trip and take them on shorter trips, perhaps while doing errands or visiting the mall, or when fetching the kids to and from school. That way your pet will experience what it’s like to travel and will be able to relax a bit more during your actual trip.
4. Stash your dog’s treats and special blanket for the trip – One trick to help your pet relax while traveling is the sight and feel of anything familiar, like his favorite blanket or favorite toy. Don’t forget to stash these items in your doggie’s bag so you can give it to them during your trip to help him settle down and relax while aboard the car or the plane.
5. Don’t sweat the small stuff – Of course, you want everything to be perfect on your vacation, especially if this is your pet’s very first trip. You want them to enjoy the experience too. That’s why it is a must that you also relax and enjoy yourself. You are very much aware that our pets are a sensitive lot and they easily detect stress and anxiety. Help your pet relax by not sweating the small stuff and relaxing too. Enjoy as much of the situation as you can and notice how your pet will relax along with you.
Traveling with your pet, especially overseas, is quite a big feat. Enjoy yourself and pat yourself on the back for a job well done.