Tips for Traveling with Pets
Whether by plane or by car, there are ways to prepare your pet for a long trip. Who knows how they’ll react to the transportation or unfamiliar surroundings. So, we have some tips for traveling with pets this holiday season.
Traveling in a Plane
A plane ride can be stressful for a person, but it can be doubly so for a dog or cat. So, you need to plan accordingly so that the trip will be as fast and comfortable as it can be for your pets.
- Book as direct a flight as you can – it will lessen chances of your pet being mishandled during a layover.
- Make sure your pet is up-to-date on vaccinations and has seen the veterinarian – having a certificate of health dated recently before your departure is recommended.
- Have a USDA-approved shipping crate – your pet should be able to stand, sit and turn around in it comfortably and is lined with bedding in case of an accident.
- You can also have a small baggy of food for personnel to be able to feed your pet in case of a layover
- You can freeze a small dish of water for your pet the night before, it will be frozen so no mess during loading and it will melt for when your pet is thirsty
- Properly identify the crate – it should have “Live Animal,” your name, cell and destination phone number, a photo of your pet and their name
- You should keep a photo of your pet with you as well
- Let airline employees that you have a pet in the cargo hold – then they’ll be ready if any conditions or attention is needed
Traveling in a Vehicle
This is better for pets because you are able to stop and let them out as needed unlike on a plane. Though there are still things to prepare for long car trip with a pet.
- If this is your pet’s first car ride, ease them into it by going on short drives before the trip so they can get used to it.
- Bringing along your pet’s carrier or kennel is a good way to keep them from falling or getting hurt by an abrupt stop.
- Prepare a travel kit for your pet – a bowl, some food, bottle of water, leash, baggies if they go to the bathroom, medications and necessary first-aid; plus, bring along any travel documents that may be needed.
- Take bathroom breaks on long trips – it’s better than a possible accident in your car.
- Talking to them can help calm them if they become anxious.
- Never, ever leave your pet alone in a parked vehicle!
We hope these tips make it easier for both you and your pets when you travel!