Pet Travel: How To Have a Hassle-Free Trip With Your Furry Friend
Sun, April 18, 2021

Pet Travel: How To Have a Hassle-Free Trip With Your Furry Friend

A travel crate with enough space is needed for travelling so the pet can move around. / Photo by: Anuwat Jitjong via 123rf

 

You may want to be more careful the next time you go on holiday with your pet. This is because there have been some reports of pets acquiring a new breed of ticks after they enjoyed their holiday in Europe.

So what’s the deal with these exotic ticks and where are they located? Well, they are not found in the United Kingdom so British pets should be safe. But if you are planning to go on a trip to a different country and you decide to bring your pet along, you will need to keep a heads up on possible risks to your furry friend. These diseases can be lethal or have an effect on their behavior in the long run. 

Pet travel has also earned very bad publicity recently. CNTraveler, an online magazine, reported on their website that in March, a United Airlines flight attendant forced a dog to spend the entire flight in an overhead bin, and it suffocated the poor animal to death. This kind of nightmare is what every traveler with pets is afraid of.

Of course, we can control the kind of news we can get involved during a trip as there are pet travel options and the right preparations that will allow your furry family member to tag along safely and happily in your adventures.

Prepare a Travel Crate

Mental Floss, an American magazine, mentioned on their website that one might be tempted to allow their pet to have plenty of room during long car trips. However, giving them a confined space on their own is a better option, according to veterinarians. If the pet is crate-trained, their own space can be their area of security where they can feel calm and secured. 

An animal is much better off in a durable crate than sliding around in the backseat of your car. This travel crate must still have enough space where your pet can move around. Avoid filling this crate with pets, although it might be advisable for the pet to have a toy with it, packing all the toys of your pet in the crate with them can take up what little room that they have for themselves. If the crate is too full, it can be difficult for them to adjust their position and it will make them uncomfortable. 

Make sure that the airline has officially sanctioned your carrier by checking the requirements on their website. The crate must have a label where the pet’s name, owner’s name, and contact information are written. It should be labeled with the words “Live Animal” so that nobody can mistake it for regular luggage. Even though the crate must not be filled with toys, the carrier must be enticing enough for your pet to use it.

Prepare the Correct Paperwork

If you’re planning a long trip with your pet, it can be a hassle and stressful without the right paperwork. Some places require incoming pets to have an updated health certificate that is signed by an accredited veterinarian. These documents must be signed to confirm that the pet is healthy and they are updated on all vaccinations that are required by the receiving state or country. 

According to Long Haul Trekkers, a website that provides articles about trekking and traveling, pet owners who wish to travel by air must ensure that the pet has the necessary paperwork in advance. It is important to gather health records, medication information, and proof of vaccination of your pet and carry them with you. 

Some airlines and countries might check if there is any “pet passport” requirement long before it’s time to leave. It is also wise to attach the pet’s rabies tag to their collar and to treat the pet with preventive flea and tick medication before they start traveling. 

 

Some places require incoming pets to have an updated health certificate that is signed by an accredited veterinarian. / Photo by: natalimis via 123rf

 

When to Offer Meal and Water

It is best to go light on the amount of food and water given to pets before a long flight. Limiting the amount of water and meal intake before departure will decrease the need for the pet to relieve themselves during travel. 

No matter how accommodating you are to your pet, some anxiety on their part is inevitable. They might also be prone to diarrhea and motion sickness along the way. Make sure that all contingency measures are in place.

 

Pets might be prone to diarrhea and motion sickness when traveling. / Photo by: Monika Wisniewska via 123rf

 

Know When It’s Best to Leave Your Pet at Home

Not every vacation is improved when you bring your pet along. If one plans to visit places that are not pet-friendly, it is best to leave their pet at a kennel or with a sitter or trusted friend. And even if the vacation is to places with pet-friendly rules, it is still important to think about the animal’s anxiety.

“If you have a nervous dog, he’s going to be happier in his home if someone just comes in and feeds him,” Dr. Danielle Bernal, a veterinarian with Wellness Natural Pet Food, said.

With the right preparation and careful planning, a vacation with your pet will turn out to be the best adventure both of you can have.