Bringing your pet on vacation with you just adds to the fun and alleviates the worry of not knowing what’s happening to your family friend while you’re on the road. You should make sure to do your homework on pet travel safety before taking them along for the ride. Planes and cars are not designed with your pets in mind. By planning your travel ahead of time, you can make the pet friendly vacation a score one for you and your best friend. To get you started off in the right direction, here are out top tips for traveling with pets:
- Flying with your pet: If you are going to take your pet on an airplane, it is important to determine whether your pet will need a crate or a carrier. Larger dogs will fly in a crate in the cargo, and smaller dogs that fit into a carrier can fly with you in the cabin. Make sure you find out the requirements for your dog prior to booking your flight.
- Familiarize your pet with its crate or carrier: Pets like familiarity. If you plan on keeping your pet inside a carrier or crate while traveling, make purchases at least a month before travel to allow your pet ample time to get comfortable with the new environment. Place him or her in the carrier and provide treats. Gradually lengthen the time your pet is in the crate or carrier until your pet seems at ease in its new space.
- Car Safety: It is important that we always think about the dog’s safety while in your car. If you want it to sit on the seat, get your pup a dog seatbelt. It allows your dog to move around, but provides restraint in the case of an accident. If you have an SUV, you can buy a gate that keeps it from jumping from the back to the front.
- Feed your pet no less than five or six hours before traveling: It is very easy for your dog or cat to become sick during travel. Providing time for food to digest lessens the chances of your pet becoming ill.
- Make your pet feel at home: Use familiar food, bowls, blankets, toys and other items from your home to create a sense of comfort for your pet while on vacation.
- Find a pet-friendly hotel: And if you’ve got plans during the day, since most pet-friendly hotels will not allow pets to be left in the room alone, consider taking your dog to a nearby Camp Bow Wow doggie day care facility. Camp Bow Wow is open early in the morning until late in the evening, so your pup can play all day. If you prefer your pet to stay in the comfort of your own home, hire a Home Buddies by Camp Bow Wow® pet sitter to keep Fido company while you’re away.