If pets are part of your family, making vacation plans may take extra time. Traveling with pets is often difficult which is why many owners are forced to make the heartbreaking decision to leave their pets at home or with a sitter. However, the idea of a pet sitter or boarding facility does not sit well with every owner. If you are one of these owners, here are five tips for traveling with pets that will make your next adventure a more pleasant experience for you and your four-legged best friends.
Whether you choose to travel by air or ground, short or long distances, it is vital that your dogs are properly identified with either a dog tag or a microchip, or both. If you are choosing to use a tag, make sure to include the pet’s name, the owner’s name, phone number, and address. Additional tags could also be added to indicate certain medical conditions such as allergies or debilitating diseases. You should also consider taking your pet’s medical records with you if by chance they need to pay a visit to the vet while you are traveling.
Make sure that your pet is comfortable during travel with the right type of crate. While metal and fabric crates are a great way to transport your dog or cat, plastic crates are generally safer and more versatile. If you are traveling short distances in a car, a fabric crate will do, but if your pet is being transported via air, plastic is the way to go. If your pets are going to be spending long hours in their crate, it is recommended you invest in a high-quality product that is large enough for your pet to stand, walk, sit, turn around, and lie down. You should also help your pet get used to their crate by having them spend some time in it at home before you travel.
CBD is widely used to reduce anxiety in pets during stress-inducing situations like fireworks. CBD’s calming properties have made it a popular alternative to anti-seizure medications for pets with epilepsy. A bottle of CBD for pets should always be part of your pet traveling kits, as it can help your pets reduce stress triggered by crates and spending long hours away from home. If you are considering trying CBD oil for pets, find a brand that uses naturally-derived CBD from industrial hemp. Most importantly, make sure the CBD is lab tested and third-party certified for purity and potency to ensure it is safe for your pets.
A flat tire or a delayed flight can turn a 2-day trip into a 3 or 4-day adventure. These unexpected delays or change in plans can result in your pet waiting a long time for clean water and food. Make sure that you and your pet are always prepared for any inconvenience by packing extra food and water. A couple of water bottles and a large resealable bag with pet food should be more than enough for an emergency.
If you are taking your pets with you on a plane, you should always do some research to find the best airline for your type of pet. For example, some companies like Southwest Airlines allow pets as carry-on companions only, while American Airlines allows them in cargo where they are transported in some of the biggest carriers in the industry. If you cannot find an airline that meets your needs, there are dozens of companies exclusively dedicated to transporting pets like Happy Tails and Air Animal.
Different pets have different needs. If your dog likes to cuddle with a specific blanket when he sleeps, you should take that blanket in your travel kit or place it in his crate. If your cat has a favorite toy, keep it handy in case they need a distraction, or it becomes bored during long trips. Any item that can contribute to your pet’s comfort should be taken into consideration when you travel. Going the extra mile with personal items like toys, blankets, or a favorite snack will only make traveling with pets a more pleasant experience for all parties involved.