Traveling with pets is becoming more common. Over 50% of pet owners bring their pets on trips with them now rather than leave them with friends or pay for pet boarding. If you’re considering bringing your pet with you on your next trip you need to check out these pet travel tips!
12 Pet Travel Tips:
- Always check with your Veterinarian, especially if your pet hasn’t traveled before or if there are health issues.
- Take a practice run. If your pet isn’t used to car rides you’ll want to give it a trial run before your actual trip. You’ll want to know ahead of time if they get anxious or car sick.
- Make sure your pet is wearing their ID tags. If you’re flying attach the information to their crate as well.
- Keep a gallon of water in the vehicle and make frequent stops. Just like a kid, they’ll need bathroom breaks and exercise!
- If you’re travelling outside the country you’ll need your pet’s papers with vaccination records, etc. Also bring medical records in case of an emergency.
- Bring your pet’s favorite toy or blanket so that they’ll always have something familiar with them.
- Book a pet-friendly hotel ahead of time so that you don’t find yourself searching for somewhere to stay with your pet. Go Pet Friendly is a great resource for this.
- If your pet gets anxious in the car or while flying consider using Lavender essential oils to help calm them. In the week before your trip rub Lavender oil on your hands before feeding or going on walks to that they will associate that smell with good things.
- Keep your dog’s head inside the car! Not only could letting your dog ride this way damage his inner ear and even expose him to lung infections, he could also be hit by flying debris, ASPCA says.
- If you have room in your vehicle for their crate, bring it! It is much safer for your pet and the driver to have your pet in a confined space rather than to be roaming the vehicle. If you can’t fit the crate in the car get a dog restraint or seat belt.
- Print a list of Animal Emergency Hospitals along the way and close to where you’re going.
- Last but not least, NEVER leave your pet in the car! On a hot day just a few minutes in a car can be deadly.
We hope these 12 pet travel tips will help ease your mind and encourage to bring your fur baby along with you on your next trip.