Travel planning is stressful; planning travel with pets is nearly nervous breakdown worthy. But don’t fret. If you’re planning an upcoming vacation and want to take Fido along, you have plenty of travel options- you just have to know where to look! With a little bit of pre-planning, you can safely arrive at any destination with doggie in tow. Let the following tips show you the way!
Develop an itinerary. Whether traveling by plane or car, use free online tools to map out your destination. This helps you easily find rest spots and time your travel needs.
Search for pet-friendly hotels. By pre-booking hotels, you already know their pet policy and required deposits.
If flying, book with an airline that accepts pets and know their regulations so you may properly prepare.
Visit your veterinarian. Airlines require documentation of pet health, and for car travel, you want to update all vaccinations. For carsick pets, your veterinarian may prescribe tranquilizers.
Use your itinerary to find pet-friendly rest stops- perhaps a dog park or grassy meadow.
Pack a collar and long leash so you may run your dog for a minimum of 15 minutes during stops. This releases his extra energy and permits potty breaks.
Travel with plenty of fresh water and toys. Feed him according to his regular eating schedule.
Use a crate for small dogs (or cats) and a safety harness for large dogs.
Ensure that you have all required documentation, appropriate kennel and extra time when flying.
Walk your dog for at least 45 minutes before heading to the airport. You must help him relax naturally, as tranquilizers are not recommended for flying.
Most travel services cater to pet owners- you must simply know the policies beforehand. With some pre-planning, you can rest easy knowing your pet can stay in your care during travel.