Many families occasionally take time to go on road trips or take flights to go on vacation. You may have bags, snacks, and activities packed for everyone, but you might be forgetting about an important member of your family.
Pets have particular needs when traveling that should not be neglected. Traveling with your pet can sometimes be tricky, especially if the pet is not used to being around regular passengers.
Here Is a Simple Guide on the Basics to Consider Before Traveling With Your Pet:
Destination: Check Whether Pets Are Allowed
Lucky for you, many online vacation booking sites make it easier to find pet policies of their various destinations at the comfort of your couch. Select the city you are planning to travel to.
Once the results of the hotels and rentals appear, go to the Amenities/Facilities/Suitability section and filter out places that are not pet-friendly. A new list of pet-friendly hotels will appear from which you can view individual hotel pet policies, whether pets are allowed to stay for free or at a cost.
As a precaution even for pet-friendly destinations, do carry a pet bed just in case.
Use Proper Identification
Get your pet a tag detailing its name, which is debatable. Some people may avoid putting name tags on the pet because of pet thieves who may call them by their names, then the pets may become more friendly to them.
You should also put a phone number through which you can be contacted if your pet goes astray.
Learn About Your Pets’ Health
If your pet has an underlying medical condition, make sure you pack all the medications with you. When pets travel, there could be disturbances in their normal eating cycles or their food supply, causing gut intestinal issues.
Your pet could be exposed to hikes or swimming, resulting in skin irritations. Carry medicines for these and other conditions that would require medication.
Buy a Pet Crate
It is not a legal requirement that pets are supposed to be restrained when traveling, but you can be fined for having your pet on your lap while driving. In the event of a crash, an unrestrained pet can become a projectile and can be thrown around the vehicle, causing severe injury to the animal, passengers or the driver of the car.
There are several different types of restraints, but the RSPCA advises the use of crates, carriers, or seat belt harness restraints. When using a harness, make sure it has a wide chest plate and always ensure the restraint is correctly weighted. A harness can be connected to a seat belt either through the strap or through the seat buckle or to a child seat anchor if they are traveling at the boot. When using crates, ensure they are adequately ventilated.
For dogs, you can travel with them either on the back seat (strapped to the seat) or in the boot of the car like an SUV or a station wagon (in a crate). It is illegal, however, to put pets in the boot of a sedan car.
Do Not Leave Your Pets Unattended
Cases of pet thefts are escalating, throwing their owners into the strain of search and rescue missions desperately trying to recover them. The risk becomes even higher if you are traveling. You may be a victim, and the message is clear and short; do not leave your pets unattended.