If traveling alone can be overwhelming, how about when you bring your pet along. Traveling with a pet can be challenging since it takes more than a blanket and a neck pillow to satisfy your pet during a long journey. Since pets are used to an established setting and routine, travel can be overwhelming to them. However, that shouldn’t worry you if you want to travel with your furry friend. Here is a fantastic guide that will help you travel comfortably with your pet and make the travel comfortable for everyone involved.
Understand the policies
There are always policies everywhere for traveling with a pet, especially if you are using public means. If you are using an airline, read their pet policies first before you book the ticket and bring your pet with you. For instance, some airlines will permit you to bring only a small pet in a small carrier as a carry-on item in the cabin. Putting pets in the cargo hold is always discouraged since it can stress them and for safety reasons, although in some airlines, that is the only way to transport pets. The important thing is to read the policies of pet travel beforehand. For instance, dogs on the tube should always be leashed, so factor in that when traveling with your dog. That will help you avoid any issues and delays at the station.
Use a carrier
In many countries, they require pet owners to use a carrier when traveling with pets as a rule. That is to avoid pet distractions that may be risky to it and the passengers. For instance, cats may not enjoy travel and keeping them in a carrier keeps them stable and minimizes stress. You should also restrain the carrier using a seat belt so that it doesn’t slide all over the place.
Carry some comforts from home
Since your pet is used to the home environment and comfort, being on board can freak them out because they are unfamiliar with the sudden change of the environment. Bringing some of the amenities from home can ease them. For instance, carry their favorite toys, bedding, and food to have familiar things near them, which will help you reduce their level of distraction during the travel.
Carry essential pet items
When packing your things, also remember to pack your pet’s essential items. Basic things such as food, water, vaccination records, a leash, and waste receptacles are a must carry when traveling with your pet. You can then factor in other things such as beddings, towels, toys, and other grooming items according to the space you have.
Have an emergency plan
Anything can happen to your pet during transit. It may get sick or lost, but hopefully, all will go well. For safety, have an emergency plan in case of anything. Please keep your pet’s photos on your phone and ensure it has an ID tag on. Have your vet’s contacts and carry your pet’s medical records. A first aid kit will come in useful in case of any health emergency.
Make frequent stops
Human beings are good at tolerating long hours of travel, but pets are not. Unless you are traveling with public means, you need to make frequent stops for your pet to stretch slightly and use the litter box.
The final words
With this guide, you can now comfortably travel with your favorite pet without any problems.