Whether is just for the weekend, for a longer vacation or for an unforeseeable amount of time, traveling with your pet requires doing some thinking beforehand. The main priorities should be ensuring his or her full comfort, as well as the overall safety.
Below you’ll find a list of some of the things you may want to keep in mind if you’re getting ready for your next vacation. Of course, in case your pet has special needs, then these need to be taken into account as well.
How are you traveling?
Traveling by car is easier for most animals for obvious reason, probably the most important one being your reassuring presence which makes the ride a whole lot better for your pet. However, keep in mind that safety is important in any situation and that you should keep your friend secured in a carrier, harness or seat belt designed for pets.
If you travel by airplane, then make sure you carefully read the airline’s rules and regulations when it comes to pets. For most of them, you must present a health certificate issued no more than 10 days before the departure date.
Whether or not this is required, it’s always a good idea to talk to your veterinarian and do an overall checkup before leaving.
Make sure your pet is comfortable
It’s a good idea to bring your pet’s favorite food when traveling, as there’s no guarantee that he or she will like the unfamiliar one you could buy in another city or country. Moreover, abruptly changing your pet’s diet might results in some stomach issues and this is the last thing you want when you’re on vacation.
Also, make sure you have enough water for the road and that you take all the necessary potty breaks. Furthermore, if you’re traveling by car during summer or winter, you should always maintain a relatively constant temperature and avoid things such as parking the car in full sun exposure, even for very short periods of time.
A pet-friendly hotel is the option you should always go for, as you can keep your pet with you at all times. Fortunately, the number of such options is constantly increasing, so normally you shouldn’t have a problem with this in most cities and areas. Make sure you also check the prices, as these might vary.
Your pet’s health and safety are top priorities when traveling, but he or she can be the best companion if you plan well and take your time to look after his or her needs and well-being before leaving.
However, do not forget to have loads of fun. A vacation with your pet is an opportunity to spend great moments together and create memories you will cherish for a lifetime.