Having a pet can increase opportunities for physical activity, outdoor time, and destination exploration. When visiting new places, you might need to bring your pet along. Traveling can occasionally be unpleasant for both you and your pets. Careful planning is required when traveling with pets. Having a plan can help you avoid stress and maintain the safety and well-being of both you and your dogs. There may be restrictions on bringing pets along on certain types of trips or destinations, along with necessary paperwork.
Make sure your pet is properly identified before you go in case you become separated while on your trip. For identification purposes, make sure your pet is microchipped, and keep your contact and pet information up to date.
The following are some travel tips to keep pet safe for pet owners should remember while arranging their trips:
Use an Appropriate Carrier
First and foremost, make sure your pet is transported in an appropriate, secure container. They should be able to fit in it, but it shouldn’t be too big for them to move around in. A general guideline is that your pet should be able to stand and turn calmly inside the carrier.
Pack Your Pets Favorite Items
Bring your pet’s favorite bed, toy, or cover along on trips if you want to be safe. The person’s favorite item could make the car travel more endearing for them as well as for you! Additionally, having your pet’s favorite items on hand will help ease any separation anxiety or relocation stress.
Pet First-Aid Kit
Whenever you travel you ought to have a pet first aid kit to oblige the quantity of pets in the vehicle. A couple of things you ought to consider preparing the first-aid kit with incorporates:
- Antibiotic Ointments
- Medications your pet takes regularly
Plan for Meals
It’s important to welcome canine food on your trip. While we humans can probably get by with a double cheeseburger and fries when our stomachs growl, Fido probably wouldn’t make the best choice. Bring along foods that your dog is familiar with and minimize, if not completely avoid, any drive-through guilty pleasures because dogs thrive on familiarity. An collision in the car or outside of a cafe is the last thing you need.
Present to Your Pet’s Bed
Whether your pet has a bed that he sleeps on at home or they just have a favorite blanket or pad, make sure to pack it for the trip. This bed will smell just like your pet and help them recall the comforts of home, making them feel safe and much more peaceful on your trips together.
When not confined to their kennel, make sure your pet approaches this bed. Some animals may also enjoy having their bed in the crate or carrier with them, however since some animals may urinate on their beds while traveling, it may be best to avoid doing this unless you are certain that your pet won’t do so.
Make sure to hydrate
Carry water with you on those lengthy trips (and any climbs or walks), and make sure your dog has regular drink breaks. Bring water from home or top off on sifting water at a café to help prevent illnesses since new water could upset your child’s tummy.
On your trip, you should also take a photo of yourself and your pet. If you have a pet that is groomed, take pictures of them before and after the grooming. These pictures will help reunite you and your pet if they get lost while you are traveling.
Keep an eye on your dog and take breaks when necessary so they can get some exercise, hear the call of nature, and explore the areas you’re passing through. Additionally, it goes without saying that you should never, ever leave a pet in a parked car, regardless of how brief you believe it to be.
Keep in mind these safety precautions, and your entire family’s trip—including the four-legged ones—will undoubtedly be improved.
Take lots of pictures of your trips with your pet and have a safe and enjoyable trip!