Are you planning a summer vacation or autumn getaway this year? Do you plan to take your pet with you or hire a pet sitter? Thanks to the growing
number of pet-friendly accommodation providers, it is now easier than ever to
take your fur baby with you when your travel. Ensuring your pet remains safe
and comfortable is easy if you take a few precautions ahead of time. Review the
following pet travel tips prior to heading out on your next big adventure:
- Make sure your pet's
carrier is safe for travel. Inspect the interior to ensure there are no rough
edges and tug on the door to make sure it locks securely. A comfortable cushion
is a must for safe pet travels. You wouldn't want to travel in discomfort;
don't expect your pet to either.
- Plan for regular travel
stops to let your pet out of their carrier. A sturdy leash and collar are
essential. Pets can get spooked in unfamiliar surroundings. Make sure your
furry friend can't escape when you let them out to take care of business.
- Travel with your pet's
vaccination records. If you are traveling internationally, check for travel
restrictions ahead of time to ensure your pet will be welcomed at your
destination. If you need to get vaccination booster shots, don't wait until the
last minute to schedule a vet visit.
- An up-to-date personalized pet ID tag or personalized dog collar is essential. All of your contact information should be available via your pet's
tag and your pet's name should also be on the tag. You only have to lose your pet once
to understand the panic that sets in when your furry friend goes missing. When
you know your pet can be identified easily, there is more hope that you will be
reunited should you become separated.
- Purchase pet travel
insurance ahead of time. Unexpected bills can ruin a holiday should you need to
visit a vet while away from home.
- Call ahead to your
destination to make sure your pet will be welcome. You can't rely on a
company's website for current pet policies as their online information may be
out-of-date. Ask about additional fees for your pet and whether there are
in-room restrictions you need to know about (no pets on the bed, pets must
always be in their carrier, etc.).
Traveling with a pet can be a wonderful experience. Taking photographs at tourist destinations and making magical memories are just part of the enchantment of bringing your pet with you when you travel. The above-listed tips will help ensure the travel time is enjoyable for both you and your pet.