IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE TRAVELLING WITH PETS
What’s better than going on vacation? Bringing your cute pet along for fun, of course! But planning a trip means you have dozens of details to worry about. If you add a pet in you tour, these details will expand.
Whether you are travelling for pleasure or moving to a new place, leaving your dog, cat or small animal behind does not make sense. So before you make travel plans with your pet, know that having an animal at your side can make things more complicated.
Here are some amazing tips to show you how to keep your cute pet calm and comfortable, no matter what distance or mode you travel. With these tips, you and your cutie will be able to enjoy the entire journey, from planning to packing and boarding to feeding;
Hotels and Pets
If you will be staying at a hotel while travelling with your pet, cover all your basics in advance. A pet-friendly hotel is more than just one that allows pets; it is one that welcomes them. Many pet-friendly hotels provide special dog beds, turndown service, dog spa services, and doggie day-care. Several hotels charge a non-refundable pet deposit arrival, then a daily pet fee. The bottom line, before your booking, does proper research about pet-friendly hotels.
Take a Pet Carrier
There are huge numbers of options on the market when it comes to pet carriers. It comes in multiple colours and can be personalized with patches. Requirements vary by airlines and the size of the plan, so make sure you know what those needs are before you reach the airport. The maximum carry-on kennel dimensions are determined by flight, to determine the appropriate size, contact reservations.
Prepare for all Modes of Travel
If you are planning to travel through flight; keep this in mind that the rule of every airline is different when it comes to travelling with a pet. Review all requirements and restrictions before flying with a pet on the plane and the terminal, too. Book a direct flight to avoid stopovers.
You will also need to make other arrangements for in-cabin pet travel versus cargo pet travel. Smaller or pocket pets like birds, reptiles, and hamsters are allowed in the cabin. But larger animals like dogs and cats are kept in a back area. Airlines companies provide all kind of policies on pets and how to make in-cabin or cargo arrangements on their web pages, check them in advance.
Even if you don’t plan to fly, you will still need to transport your pet via any other mode of transportation. For cabs or taxis, talk to the cab companies and ask about their pet policies when you call for a ride or before you get into the car. If you are taking a rental vehicle, talk directly to the rental company to know their pet policy before the trip.
For buses and trains, you will not have to worry a lot. Because many buses and trains allow small cats and dogs on certain routes; just plan properly and ask ahead of time before you board. The same things apply on boats. Take time to call them or go through the website to know their pet travel policy.
Be Prepared for all Situations
Emergencies can happy anywhere. But your advanced planning will help you to make these emergencies less stressful. Before your trip, prepare a list of veterinary hospitals in the areas where you are planning to stay. Add some basic needs in your bag like water and bowls, leash, treats, toys, first aid kit, grooming supplies and few medications.
- Do never leave your pet alone inside the vehicle.
- Airlines limit the number of pets in the cabin, so do not wait until the last minute to book.
- Make sure your pet’s identification tag and microchip details are up-to-date.
- Take pictures of your pet and keep them in your wallet and mobile phone.
- In case, you do not have your car or a rental, plan for how you would transport your pet to the veterinarian. Review what your options are for taxis or public transport.
- In the worst situation, if your pet gets lost, take immediate action. Ask people around you to help you search; call the local animal shelters and humane societies.
The major thing to remember is that while you want to have a great time with your pet at your selected vacation spot, you are solely responsible for its health and well-being. If your pet is particularly nervous, susceptible to change in the temperature or could use a couple of rounds of obedience training, or you are not sure about being able to care for your pet while on holiday, it is better option to leave it at home with a trusted sitter.