We all adore our pets beyond limits, don’t we? It’s worst to leave them home while you have to travel. So you decide to take them along with you. But you also know that traveling with your pet is going to be tad bit of a task. So what do you do then?
Here are 9 things to consider before you leave for the destination with your pets:
- Make sure if your pet will be welcomed where you’re heading. This includes any stop you make along the way and of course, your final destination.
- Make sure you know how you can find a veterinarian quickly if there's an emergency on the way to or after you've reached your destination.
- Prior to travel, make sure your pet is properly identified in case they’re lost. Your pet should be wearing a collar with an ID tag with accurate information.
- Properly restrain your pet with an appropriately-fitted harness or in a carrier of the appropriate size. "Appropriate size" means that they can lay down, stand up and turn around. No heads or bodies hanging out the windows and certainly no pets in laps! That's dangerous...for everyone.
- Remember that road trips can be a little stressful on your pet. If your pet isn't already used to the harness or carrier, that's an added stress.So make sure that your pet is accustomed to whatever restraint you plan to use before your trip.
- When traveling with your dog, make frequent stops to allow it to go to the bathroom, stretch their legs and get some mental stimulation from sniffing around and checking things out.
- Take adequate food and water for the trip. Offer your pet some water at each stop and try to keep your pet's feeding schedule as close to normal as possible.
- When traveling, keep a current picture of your pet with you so you can easily make "lost" posters or use the picture to help identify your pet if it’s lost. We hope it doesn’t, ever!
- Make sure you take your pet's medicationswith you, including any preventives (heartworm, flea and tick) that might be due while you're traveling.
Now that you’re all set, let’s suggest you some pet-friendly destinations.