Traveling With Your Pet: The Ultimate Pet Travel Safety Guide

There are numerous things to worry about when planning to travel, and if you add a pet to the equation, it becomes even more overwhelming. You also don’t necessarily have to leave your pet, whether you are traveling for preference or moving to a new place. Below are some tips to help your keep your pets safe and comfortable while traveling:

Vaccination and Paperwork

It doesn’t matter if your pet visits the veterinarian often; schedule an appointment before you travel to avoid future problems. The veterinarian will help ensure that all your documents are updated and constant to your destination’s requirements.

In some movements, you will be required to present a health certificate issued by a vet; the certificate must include your pet’s health conditions and all the current vaccines.

Prepare your Pet’s Emergency Kit

In case of an emergency, your pet will be reliant on you for their well-being and health. So, your disaster plans must include your pets too. Contact your veterinarian and discuss any necessary medications for your pet when traveling. For instance, your pet might need a prescription to reduce travel sickness symptoms. Get your pet tested before traveling to guarantee that they don’t experience any severe side effects.

Pack Extra Food

You should always carry extra food just in case. You never know if you will stay for additional days because you are enjoying yourselves a lot. Buy small animal food and keep them in single containers. Additionally, ensure that your pet has enough drinking water during your travel. Keep in mind that the water content varies from one place to another. Prevent any digestive issues with your pet by carrying enough bottled water from home.

Bring Along Some Comforts from Home

Sometimes, pets get a little confused by an abrupt change in their environment. However, you can help reduce that confusion by preserving some level of familiarity. Carry with you some toys and beddings that your pets are accustomed to. Ensure that all your pet’s essentials are easily accessible during travel.

Use a Well-Ventilated Crate or Carrier

The Humane Society of the United States recommends keeping both cats and dogs in carriers when traveling. If you have a cat as a pet, you need to know that they are not fans of car travel. So, to help lessen the stress and keep them comfortable, you will need to restrain them in a well-aerated carrier. Restrain the crate using a seat belt to prevent it from sliding all over the place.

If you don’t use a carrier, ensure that your pet doesn’t journey with his head out the window. Keep them in the rear seat in a bind attached to the seat belt.

Never leave your Pet Unattended in a Packed Vehicle

Even with the windows opened during hot days, a packed car can feel like a hot oven, and your pet can quickly develop heatstroke. And on cold days, your vehicle can behave like a fridge and cause your pet to freeze to death.

The Bottom Line

In addition to the usual things you take with you when traveling, it is vital to pack dog essentials. Put more focus on the basics and later the comfort items and grooming supplies. To protect your pet, never leave them unattended in a packed car, pack extra food and carry a pet emergency kit.

Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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