Most people go to holiday celebrations and usually take their family with them. There are those who just can’t live without their pets. If you are going to travel with your pet, you need to plan ahead to make the trip enjoyable and comfortable for both you and your pet.
· Travel by car
If you’re going to travel on holidays, make sure you don’t let your pet in the car. You can get your pet a safety harness that can be attached to your car’s seat belt. And you can just put your pet in a cage. A pet carrier is also a good idea, but can be more expensive. Always put your pet in the back seat.
· Travel by air
If you are flying to your destination, the pet carrier must follow the airline’s rules. Check with airlines regarding the sizes of pet carriers to make sure you are buying the right size. A pet can move in the cabin by air if its weight does not exceed 22 pounds, 18 inches in length and 11 inches in height.
For international travel you will need certain documents for your pet before you can take it with you. It is best if you can give a minimum of 6 weeks to start taking care of the paper.
Do not travel with your pet unless a veterinarian has checked and vaccinated it. Always carry a valid health certificate for your pet along with a vaccination document.
· Pet food
Take plenty of pet food; you can never be sure if your favorite brand of pets will be in your place, so it’s best to make sure.
· Feeding instructions
If you are flying, feed your pet a light snack 5-6 hours before departure. Do not give your pet liquids 2 hours before departure. If you are driving, try not to feed your pet while driving.
· Set IDs
If you are taking your pet for domestic or international travel, it is best if you are able to attach a tag to your pet. The tag should contain your home address and phone number, as well as the address and phone number of your destination.
Before taking off, it’s also important to check to see if your pet will greet you at your destination. When you visit relatives, you need to let them know that you will bring your pet. If you are staying at a hotel, check the rules of accommodation and accommodation of pets.
Also make sure your pet is ready to travel. Animals can be more capricious than children during long journeys. If your pet has never been anywhere else but home, you can start making it ready for the trip by taking it to a supermarket, park or mall.
Finally, try to be as patient as possible. You need to understand that you are not going to deal with your pet alone; you will also have to deal with other people’s reaction to your pet.