Traveling isn’t easy at the best of times, but add pets into the mix and it can become an incredibly stressful experience.
However, it needn’t be.
Whether you’re going on holiday and want to take your four-legged friend with you or you’re moving abroad, here are our top tips for traveling with pets:
Plan Well in Advance
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Leaving things to the last minute is never a good idea when you’re traveling with a pet as you may need to organize some things quite far in advance.
For example, pet passports and rabies jabs are essentials if you’re traveling in certain EU countries and will need putting in place before you book transport and within a designated timeframe.
If your pet is flying or sailing to the new destination, check what other potential requirements the carrier has. For example, airlines will often have restrictions on carriers/crates.
Think About What You Need to Pack
It’s always a good idea to pack some toys and blankets that have the smell and feel of home, and don’t forget to plan for hydration in their crate too.
Also, bear in mind what the temperature is going to be like when you get there. If it’s hot, you’ll need to keep your pet cool, especially if they’re very furry or short-nosed. Equally, smaller dogs and those with less hair may need a jumper for the cool temperatures on-board a plane.
Get Your Car Ready
If you’re going to be in the car for extended periods of time, get your pet used to traveling in the car. Take them out for walks in the car (to create a positive association with it) and always make sure they’re fed a couple of hours before you set off to avoid car sickness.
Also, the last thing you need is to be traveling in an unreliable vehicle. So if you’ve been thinking about upgrading, now’s the time to visit websites like Unbeatable Car to see what’s available in your price range.
Prepare Them for the Plane
When they’re going to be on a plane for a few hours, you might be told that certain medications to calm them down are a good idea. However, if you can avoid these and can use natural solutions instead, this is far more preferable. Certain medication may interfere with their ability to keep their body temperature regulated, especially if they’re young.
There are plenty of plugins, sprays and stress-relieving collars available that may help.
Bear Your Pet’s Personality in Mind
Finally, think about how your pet’s going to cope with travel.
Do they get nervous around strangers? Are they nervous when they’re left on their own? Are they comfortable in new environments?
Taking all of these factors into account will ensure they’re as comfortable and relaxed as possible throughout the trip.