Tips For Traveling With Pets
If you don’t have to travel with your pets, then don’t. The stress of long distance travel is harder on animals – especially if they are not used to it – than their owners.
But if you really have to or you can’t bear the idea of leaving them behind when going on a trip, careful measures should be carried out to mitigate the stressful effects of traveling on your pets.
Make sure that your pet will have a place to stay upon reaching your destination. Don’t assume that just because you are welcome, your pet will be too. Inquire from the hotel or resort if they allow pets to stay with you.
If they do, in which part of the hotel premises are the pets allowed? And if you are bringing along a dog, you need to make sure that it is allowed at the grounds for its daily walks. If you are bringing along a cat, make sure that you will be given a secure rooms where it can’t find an escape route.
When flying, you want to make prior arrangements as to the process of transporting a pet. Allowing pets in the cabin with their owners is still rarely offered, if at all, by airlines. So, you need to make sure that your pets will be well taken care of during the period that you are separated from each other.
If you are expecting jet lag, more likely than not, your pet will suffer from the same condition too. The tips on avoiding jet lag do not just apply to humans; do the same for your pets to prevent them from getting sick.
For long distance land travel, doing so in a bus is not recommended. You’ll be better positioned to care for your pet if you bring along a car. If you are traveling on a warm or hot weather, you need to keep your pets cool as much as possible. They don’t adapt well to heat like we do, they don’t sweat and their fur intensifies the heat even more.
Your car’s air-conditioning may not be sufficient. If your pet is panting or wheezing, you may need to place them on a block of ice covered with a piece of cloth. Check on them every once in a while to ensure that they are cool and not cold. A steady supply of drinking water is also good to help regulate their body temperature.
When taking your pets for a walk to do their business, never be tempted to take them off the leash. They may run away, chasing after squirrels or towards traffic. They can also get into fights with other animals. More so if you have a cat, they will never listen to you when you call them back; rather, they will run away to find your house.
Finally, make sure that your pets carry with them an identification card with your name and contact details. This will make it easy for rescuers to contact you in case your pet get lost and needs to be reunited with you.
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