Does the thought of traveling with your pet have you running to the nearest pet boarding house?
Traveling with your pet may seem like a huge hassle and a lot of work, especially if you have never tried it before.
Whether you are flying, driving, staying at a friend’s, or at a pet friendly hotel be sure to follow these 5 tips and tricks to ensure a pet friendly vacation.
1. Go to the Veterinarian beforehand.
- Make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up to date, especially in the case of foreign travel.
- Talk to your vet about safe options for sedatives or meds for motion sickness during transport.
2. Bring familiar food and toys.
- Bring your pet’s regular food and treats along. Domesticated animals have a challenging time adjusting to new foods because they are typically not introduced to new variations. Bring enough pet food to last the entire trip to prevent upset stomachs.
- Pets get homesick too, pack a favorite toy to help calm your pup or kitten’s nerves when in an unfamiliar environment.
- Make your pet feel at home by packing their special bedding. The familiar scent of home will comfort them.
3. Make a Pet First Aid Kit.
- Hope for the best, plan for the worst. Bring a first aid kit just in case, you can buy an already made kit or create your own.
- Pet First Aid Kit should include: gauze, tape, antiseptic wipes, blanket, ice pack, non-latex disposable gloves, tweezers, thermometer, hydrogen peroxide, eyedroppers, and bottled water.
4. Fully prepare your pet carrier.
- Make sure your name, phone number, and email are clearly labeled on the carrier.
- Before placing your pet in the carrier, attach the pet’s collar and leash to avoid a struggle at the airport or rest stop.
- Make sure the carrier is plastic and have a solid, leak-proof floor. Add a towel or puppy pad in case of accidents.
- The carrier should be large enough for the pet to stand up and turn around.
5. Be sure your accommodations are pet friendly.
- It’s better to be safe than sorry. Call ahead of time to see if your hotel accommodations accept pets and ask if there is a pet fee.
- Check to see if it there is pet-sitting while you are out or if you need to take your pet with you. Most pet friendly hotels do not allow pets to stay in the rooms unattended.
You might feel overwhelmed at the idea of traveling with your pet, but it is all part of being a pet owner! Just think of the fantastic memories you’ll be making with your pet on vacation. Has your pet ever ruined a vacation for you? Share in the comments below!