As spring gets into full swing, it’s time to plan your next getaway! But what do you do about sweet Fido at home? Do you leave them with a trusted sitter or take them on the trip? Here are a few things to consider before making this decision and also some travel tips.
First, no matter how near or far, or if you travel by plane or car, it’s important to make sure your pet is microchipped for identification and wears a collar and tag imprinted with your name, phone number and any relevant contact information. It is also a good idea for your pet’s collar to include a temporary travel tag with your cell phone, and/or phone number of those you may be traveling with. Make sure their vaccinations are up to date and pack a copy of their most recent one, along with their license info.
Traveling can be highly stressful for your pets. To help them be as comfortable as possible, there are a few must haves for their crate. With any mode of travel, the crate needs to be well ventilated and large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in. Pack a favorite toy, blanket or pillow to give your pet a sense of familiarity and comfort.
Do you love the open road? This could be a great opportunity to explore with your fur baby and with just a little planning and prep, your road trip can be a success! First, make sure your pet is comfortable in the car. Start by taking short drives to get them used to it. A crate is a good idea even in a car, but make sure it’s secure so it doesn’t slide or shift. Just like traveling with kids, pack for all of the ‘what if’ scenarios for your pet. Bring toys, food, a bowl, leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication and first-aid, and any travel documents. It is also a good idea to find and book pet friendly hotels along your route BEFORE you leave.
Are you planning to fly? Check with your airline or travel agency for pet requirements and definitely try to book a one-way flight. There will be less take off and landing stress on your pup and will also decrease time they spend on the loud tarmac. In addition to the above tips, your pet crate should also be USDA approved for air travel and lined with some type of bedding—shredded paper or towels—to absorb accidents. Pack food on the outside of the crate, in case airline workers need to feed your pup on layovers.
Most of all, make sure you and your pet are comfortable and prepared for whichever trip route you take. Many families travel with their pets and there are more pet friendly hotels, parks and restaurant patios than ever! Remember to take lots of photos and enjoy your vacation!
Where will you and your pet be headed this year?