Tips to Remember When Traveling With Your Pet

Updated: February 23, 2019 at 3:25 pm, Author: Alice

A recent survey revealed that almost half of the total number of pet owners want to take their pet along with them on vacation trips. Pets have become a part of the family that traveling without our furry family members would be fun. Although it will be a wonderful bonding experience for your family and your dog, a trip can be stressful for you and your pet. Here is a list of tips to remember and things you can do when you travel with your furry family to ensure a more comfortable journey.


Preparing your pet for travel


  • Assess your tiny loved one’s suitability for travel by checking on their temperament, physical impairment, illness or behavior in new situations. Consider how they act with strangers and new places they are not familiar with. You might reconsider taking with you a pet that is noisy and keeps barking at strangers or a pet who is poorly trained in public. If your furry loved one can easily follow orders on command then he may be manageable on the trip. For camping tips, check out this article.
  • Start exposing them to shorter trips to prepare for the longer one. If you are flying, prepare for travel crate and let get used to spending times with it.
  • Ensure you know about the regulations of the destination and the procedures for bringing pets in the airplane or ship. Usually, there are documentations and other requirements such as identification information, vaccination records and history of medical conditions.
    For international documentation, Europe requires a pet passport which you can get from your vet. Consider researching if your destination requires a translation of their documentation and what other vaccination and testing requirements they need. Ask your vet to provide a detailed information about your need for his service or therapy animal. You might also need to have your loved one microchipped because EU and other countries are making it mandatory.
  • When you bring them to a trip, you need to prepare for their things the same way you prepare having a trip with your children. You need to bring toys, food, treats, and medications or remedies. It may be difficult to get the same brand of food in another country or place so ensure you have enough to provide for your pet during the travel period. Stock some chewable bully sticks you can get from Bully Stick Shoppe as they can help remedy their stress and keep them occupied. Other things you might need for him are his bedding, collapsible/portable bowls, leash, grooming supplies and first-aid kit. Bring a litter box and some cleaning supplies to tidy up in case of accidents.
  • Prepare some clothes and accessories for travel and make sure the collar has a tag with identification information that contains the owner’s name, address at home and at the destination. In case of loss, bring a recent photo.



Traveling with your pet on the road


traveling with your dog

  • While some dogs are used to riding cars, most cats are not comfortable traveling on the road. Whether your furry loved one loves to travel by car or not, you should make sure they are kept safe inside the vehicle. Never allow them to stick their heads out of the window because it is dangerous as other trucks and cars might hit them. They are also exposed to falling debris that can injure them. In addition, it is not healthy to expose them in the cold wind so they might end up getting sick or having cold. For the same reasons, never put them in an open space such as at the back of a pickup truck during road travel.
  • It is best to keep cats and other pets that don’t enjoy road trips in a carrier as it is safer and less distracting for the other passengers and to the driver.
  • Bear in mind that animals are unpredictable so ensure they are restrained before they decide to jump out of the car and run away causing injury or death.
  • If they are not in a carrier or crate, ensure they are safely restrained in your car and utilize all available materials that can help you such as a vehicle pet barrier, safety harness, travel kennel, or pet car seat. Familiarize them with the harness a few times before the trip. Securing can minimize the shock and the injury that may result from an accident. Make their trip safe and provide them with the comfort they need by giving their favorite blanket or putting in a cozy car seat.
  • Just like humans, animals need to stretch once in a while so ensure you include ‘pee breaks’ to give you and your furry loved one space to move around. Always keep water and bowl and a portable litter box. Make sure the animal is always wearing a dog tag for easy identification just in case he gets loose.
  • You might want to spend a little time playing with them from time to time. This helps get rid of some pent-up energy. If you need to keep them in the car, always have someone watch over. Never leave your beloved ones alone because you might lose them if they manage to get out or some dognappers might get them. Another important thing is that the car’s temperature might increase and get your pet dehydrated.
  • Consider a non-slip pet ramp on your car if your pet is already old and has a hard time getting up and down the stairs or in the car.


Taking a flight


  • If you can manage to get a flight instead of a road trip, this will be a better idea and a less complicated way to reach your destination. Research on the airline’s policies and check if they allow your pets to join you in the cabin. Most of them restrict the animals to the cargo.
  • Travel during good weather and choose a direct flight on a non-peak schedule. This would make the trip faster and easier for you to manage your pet during the whole duration of the flight. Travel with your pet in the same flight. Travel at a time when the weather temperature is not extremely warm or cold. Ensure he got his ID tied on his collar. Feed your dog or pets with water and not much food within 3 to 6 hours before flight schedule. Take time to walk your pet whenever possible, such as before and after the trip.
  • Inspect any changes on your pet after every flight. Check any signs of illness that he may have as a result of the plane travel. If you sense something wrong, take your pet to the vet right away and document the details of the results in writing.
  • Don’t give him any tranquilizers unless prescribed by his vet and ensure that the vet knows that it is for air travel.
  • If your pet is a Pekingese, Chow Chows cat or a pug-nosed dog with small nasal passages, don’t put them in the cargo hold as they are at risk for heat stroke and oxygen deprivation.
  • Start your preparations early to avoid stress and anxiety. Choose USDA-approved shipping crate for your pet and label it properly to include your home and destination addresses. The crate should be large enough for your pet to move comfortably with a good bedding, packed with dried food and water. Ensure that you leave the crate door securely closed but unlocked for emergency purposes.


Travel by boat


  • While you need to be careful with your pet and ensure he is safe when you take a flight, the same holds true when you travel by boat. Your pets should wear floatation devices the same way people do. This keeps them safe and secure from accidents.
  • Keep them in a cool place and always provide cool drinking water.
  • Get frequent ‘pee breaks’ when the boaters go ashore every few hours. This will be a time to stretch, pee or go to their litter box. Consider litter training your pet to prepare them for long trips. This can greatly help in having a manageable journey.
  • It will be easier for you and your pet if you take shorter trips instead of long trips for both plane and boat travel. There may also be a need to tie them securely to keep them safe in the boat.


Accommodation for your pet


  • Secure pet friendly accommodation such as a hotel that allows your pets to come with you. Many hospitality establishments are starting to accept customers with pets for as long as they inform beforehand. Some of these hotels offer services for their four-legged visitors such as grooming services. They also sell pet products. Although it is good have access to your pet’s needs, it is advisable that you bring enough of his favorite brand of dog food as it may not be available in the places you will be traveling.
  • While almost all hotels offer designated ramps and elevators for disabled persons, some hotels are starting to initiate ‘pet-friendly’ designated areas as well as other pet privileges and benefits such as treats, waste bags and food bowls upon request, vet services and a map for spaces or parks suited for dog walks.
  • Consider your pet’s reaction to the kind of accommodation that you plan to have. If your dog can’t stop barking at a crowd of people, then you might want to consider a lodging house that is more private and doesn’t have many people. Inquire about the hotel’s policies with regards to your pet. Some hotels require that they be put in a cage so prepare for these things.
  • Always follow your pet to clean up any mess that he might leave in the room or anywhere in the place. Always manage his behavior so that he won’t disturb other guests in the hotel.


Leaving your pet at home


If after assessment, you decide to leave your furry loved one at home, you can ask family or friends to take care of him but if you don’t have any, then consider a house sitter or a kennel. Sometimes they might consider playtime with other animals a vacation that he will enjoy and look forward to.

Again, animals are unpredictable so be prepared and anticipate things that your animals might do during vacation and be ready for it. One thing that can help is to keep their favorite bully sticks during the trip so that whenever they feel anxious or stressed, they can munch on them and feel better. Bully Stick Shoppe allows you to pamper your pet dog with its chewable bully sticks. These sticks are so good that the store offers a money back guarantee that your furry family member will enjoy and love them. Pamper your dog with bully sticks by going to their website, or by calling them toll free at 1-888-40-BULLY.

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