Keeping pets has become very popular in recent times. People who own animals will tell you that making travel plans (for business or pleasure) involves deciding whether to take the animal with you or leave it in the care of a boarding house.
However, most pet owners are so fond of their pets that they would rather travel with them wherever they go than leave them behind. It therefore requires preparation for a trip that accepts pets. This article provides you with a checklist of pet travel tips for this preparation.
1. Identification labels
Pets cannot identify themselves. Regardless of the mode of travel chosen, it is necessary to tag your pet with an appropriate piece of identification before leaving. This would allow your pet to find its way back in case you were separated. It also helps to avoid confusion between owners in cases where two animals might look alike.
2. Permanent identification of the animal
The wise say you can never be too careful. In addition to marking your pet with the necessary identification tags, it is recommended that you provide it with a more permanent identification method, such as an electronic chip. It would also help keep track of your pet in case they get lost or you become estranged.
3. Train them while they are young
It is important that you train your pet while they are still young, as animals take time to fully master the controls and expected behavior. You should train them to remain calm during the trip and to respond to commands correctly. A reward system is highly recommended because it helps the lessons learned stick better. If you have more than one pet, it is advisable to train them separately.
4. Secure your pet for his safety
After training the animal, most people think it is safe to let it roam around in the car / plane during the trip. This is however not true. Like people, animals can be injured when the voyage vessel takes a sudden movement or in the event of an accident. It is therefore recommended to crate the animal to keep it safe.
5. Choose an appropriate travel case
Fabric carriers are a good option for transporting your pet. Plastic pet carriers, however, are preferred for their versatility as they provide safety for different modes of travel.
6. Animals and cars
Pets such as dogs and cats are quick and nimble. They will therefore naturally use these capabilities when their security is threatened. It is therefore important to ensure that the animal feels safe and comfortable throughout the journey.
7. Animal sedation
Pets, like all other humans, tend to become anxious when exposed to unfamiliar surroundings. Seducing them could help ease their anxiety and save them from trauma and even accidents resulting from fear.
8. Carry a pet first aid kit
We can never say if or when accidents can happen. The best way to counter this is to be prepared in case it happens. Pet owners are advised to bring a pet first aid kit that includes bandages, gauze, and hydrogen peroxide in case it is necessary to induce vomiting. You should also always follow the steps given by an animal health care specialist before personally treating your pet for suspected exposure to toxins.
9. Carry water and pet food
Unforeseen events such as train delays are inevitable. So, when preparing for the trip, it is important that the pet owner take this into account and pack additional food and water for the pet in case these events occur.
10. Be very careful
No matter how you know your animal, you can never tell how it will react to new stimuli. Your cat, for example, may decide to take refuge between your legs while driving after hearing a loud noise like a truck horn. This could lead to a fatal accident, and therefore it is strongly advised to keep your pet safe at all times during the trip.
11. Dealing with a dog during air travel
Most airlines will allow you to transport your pet in the aircraft cabin only if the animal fits in the pet carrier under the seat. It is mandatory that the size of the animal allows it to stand and move around in the transporter. You’ll also need to pack a few dog essentials, such as a poop bag, water bottle, collapsible bowl, recent photo of the dog, and a leash.
The above tips focus primarily on the safety and well-being of your pet while traveling. It is therefore important that preliminary safety precautions, such as ensuring that your pet is in good physical condition for travel, are followed. It is also important to ensure that the travel destination is free from animal diseases such as rabies. By following the tips above, traveling with pets becomes less complicated and a comfortable experience.