For those who have pets, vacation care means you have to decide on the best way to take care of your pets while you are away. Most pet lovers cannot leave behind a highly respected family member. To ease your mind, we’ve put together a list of great tips to help you travel with pets.
If you are flying, check the requirements and conditions for pets specified by the specific airline with which you are traveling. I would recommend calling or emailing them if you need any clarification regarding their terms.
Overland: Make a map of breaks in the bathroom
When you travel to your destination, it is very important to map out and schedule stops for bathroom breaks. To keep your pet from worrying, use bathroom breaks so they can run around.
By land: Test your experience
Before you make a long trip with your favorite pet, you need to have a good understanding of what you are doing. Spend them a 2 hour drive to find out if they are developing motion sickness or severe anxiety. This will help take precautions if necessary. It will also familiarize them with the conditions and make them feel comfortable. You can do this even further by rewarding them every time they get in the car to create a positive relationship with her.
By land: Box for safety
While the idea of locking a pet sounds awful, traveling is a safety issue. Pets that roam freely around the vehicle while you are driving can be distracting and extremely dangerous. Studies have shown that pets can also reduce anxiety during long trips.
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Even if you have an adult pet who is learning at home, traveling can often lead to his disorientation, which can lead to minor accidents. So make sure you have some pillow pads wherever you are.
Treating pets in an unfamiliar environment can be very scary for you and your pet. In the event of an emergency it is very important to have a sturdy collar and tag with your contact details. When you travel, your regular contact information may not apply, so be sure to update your tags accordingly.
Stock up on essentials.
When you’re on vacation, the last thing you need to worry about is replenishing your pet’s prescription medication, finding the right food – or worse – introducing a new food to which they react negatively. To avoid this, gather enough food for the entire stay and then a few. Don’t rely on purchasing food at your destination. Collect toys and blankets from home to soothe them while traveling.
Consult a veterinarian
Visit a vet for a complete pre-vacation checkup. If your pet is prone to motion sickness, our anxiety, your veterinarian will be able to prescribe anything appropriate. Take advantage of the visit and ask any questions that come to mind.
Find a home where you can stay with pets
There is often a misconception that hotels and motels will accommodate your pets, however this is not always the case. It is important to check them again before making any payments. Clearly consider the size and requirements of your pet to provide a positive experience for both your beloved pet and yourself. If you have larger animals, you can choose a holiday home.
Careful planning, preparation and these helpful tips allow you to get an amazing travel experience with your pets, no matter the destination.