We all love traveling! Be it a long trip or a weekender, we’re always looking for an excuse to get away. Everything about travel excites us, right from planning to packing essentials. But when it comes to traveling with your furry friend, you want to be prepared to a T. This pet-friendly travel guide offers tips for you to seamlessly pull off that wanderlust vacation without any hitch.
Ensure Comfort Around Strangers
Well before the trip, you should take your four-legged friend to crowded places more often to gage how it reacts to being around strangers. Repeated visits will not have them feel overwhelmed around strangers. And this means you will spend less time trying to calm them down on the trip.
Train Your Pet for Calls
While your pet is adjusting to the new environments, utilize the opportunity to train them with cues to come to you, settle, sit and quiet down. It’s important you train them with strangers around. You should also discuss your travel plans with your vet for prescribed medicines and other advice.
Verify Accommodation Essentials
When booking the accommodation, you must ensure to ask them all the rules and policies related to pets. You may want to ask them about what kind of rooms are available for people traveling with pets, the size of the room to be specific, whether they need to be on a leash in the room, and if there are any pet-related services in their hotel, motel, or lodge.
When you’re flying with your pet
Many airlines can safely ship pets, but what airline you choose makes a lot of difference in their travel experience. You must limit the use of sedatives and tranquilizer as they drop the pet’s temperature on the flight. It’s essential to carry a health certificate from your vet to meet the requirements at the arrival of the destination and for the airline. The certificate should be within the range demanded by the airline you choose to travel with. For instance the certificate must be dated within 10 days before travel.
Follow Leash Laws
You must be considerate of the leash laws when traveling. Some places may not allow a leash longer than 6 feet. If your dog is used to being without a leash, you can train it a couple of weeks before the start of the trip.
Careful During Road Trips
If it’s a road trip you’re planning, you’ll need your car to be a pet-ready vehicle. It’s best to carry a car harness, carrier, or crate to avoid your pet from putting its head out the window the entire time. Also, crates and carriers come in handy when you don’t want all the muck from their paws in your car.
Know What to Carry
Along with those food and water bowls, ensure that you carry vaccination proofs, waste bags, and litter boxes for your cats. It’s important to be considerate to clean up after your pet and abide by the pet rules. This is because you’re setting an example of traveling with pets.