Come the holiday season, it is always a good idea to travel somewhere altogether with your entire family. However, for some, family also includes their pets. If you are planning to travel with your pet, it is important that you plan your trip carefully and do it ahead of time to ensure that the journey becomes both comfortable and pleasant on the part of your pet as well as yourself.
• What to do when traveling via car
If you are going on a road trip for your holidays, avoid keeping your pet loose while inside of your vehicle. You can secure a safety harness for your pet that you can easily attach to the seat belt system of your car. You can also just put your pet inside of a cage. If you have a pet carrier, you can also place them inside one. However, this can be quite expensive. Either way, always have your pet placed at the back seat of your car.
• What to do when traveling via air
When you are going to travel via air to reach your destination, all airlines require you to keep your pet in a pet carrier. Make sure to confirm with the airlines about the maximum and minimum dimensions of their pet carriers so that you will not be wasting your money buying one that has the wrong dimensions. If your pet does not weigh more than 22 pounds or exceeds 11 inches tall and 18 inches in length, it can travel with you in the cabin.
If you must travel with your pet by air internationally, you have to prepare the necessary documents required for your pet so that they can travel with you. An allowance of at least 6 weeks would be best so that you will have enough time to take care of the necessary papers.
Always have your pet checked and rightfully vaccinated by your veterinarian before you travel. Be sure to bring the current vaccination records as well as health certificate of your pet.
• Some pet food advice
Make sure to bring a whole lot of pet food for your pet. You cannot be sure if the favorite pet food brand of your pet is available in the destination where you are headed. Better sure than sorry.
• Feeding instructions to ponder
When you are going to be traveling by air, you should be feeding your pet some light snacks about 5 to 6 hours before departure time. About two hours before your departure, avoid giving them any liquid. If you are going to be traveling by car, do not feed your pet anything while you are on the move.
• Always secure an ID tag for your pet
Whether you are traveling internationally or traveling domestically, always have an ID tag placed on your pet. This ID tag must include important details such as your contact number and home address. Do not forget to also include the address and contact number of your destination.
• Other reminders
Before taking off, always check if the place where you are headed will be welcoming your pet. For instance, if you are going to visit some relatives, inform them ahead of time that you will be bringing along your pet with you. On the other hand, if you will be booking a hotel, you should check their accommodation regulations and rules pertaining to pets before finalizing your booking.