Are you planning a family getaway? More importantly are you planning to take your pet along? If so, taking the time to plan ahead will make the trip more enjoyable for you and your furry companion.
Traveling by car:
1. Plan ahead for regular exercise/potty breaks. Check your route and pick out likely pet-friendly areas to let Fido stretch his legs. You can stretch yours, too!
2. Talk to your vet about how to help your pet deal with motion sickness. If you have a pet that loves to ride, then you have a great start. But if your precious pooch gets a little queasy, you’ll want to be prepared.
3. A crate is the safest place for you pet. Belle may love to feel the breeze blowing her fur, but it isn’t a good idea – especially on a busy highway. Another option is a harness attached to a seat belt.
4. Take along water and food. Don’t just trust that you will have access to water wherever you stop.
Traveling by plane:
1. Familiarize yourself with your airline’s pet policies. This is a pretty thorough link.
2. Make sure your pet’s crate is USDA approved. But don’t lock the crate. You want to make sure airport personnel can access your pet in case of an emergency.
3. Just as you label your luggage, don’t forget to label your pet’s carrier with your contact information. A good idea from the ASPCA is to include a photo of your pet… just in case.
No matter how you travel, remember to take your pet’s favorite toy, blanket, etc., for comfort. And no matter how you travel, make sure that your pet has a collar with contact information. Even better, have your pet microchipped. For more tips, click here.