We all like taking a vacation and time out, so why not take your pet with you? Now it is easier than ever to take your beloved pet abroad, with airlines and transport firms ensuring that it’s easy to get you and your pet from A to B without any additional hassle or stress.
Don’t be afraid to travel with your pet, despite the horror stories in the news, because if you take the time to do your research and make sure that your pet is relaxed and ready to travel, they will soon become a well-seasoned trip companion for you and your entire family. Read on to find out how to travel with your beloved pet.
If you are traveling by car, be sure to factor in time on the road, comfort breaks and mealtimes for you, your family and your pet. Make sure that your car is well ventilated and remains cool and comfortable. Be sure to keep your pet is well hydrated too, as they may sweat more than normal while on the road. If your pet gets nervous in and around the car, you may want to consider giving them some pills for travel sickness or even using natural remedies to help them to relax.
Perhaps you are going overseas for a prolonged period, in which case you need to prepare your animal for the journey – particularly if he or she get nervous when traveling or spending prolonged periods of time secured in a crate. Get them more used to the crate gradually in the preceding period before the planned flight.
If you have a smaller pet then you will be able to take them in the cabin with you, whereas a larger pet will have to travel in the hold. Be sure to check that your airline is able to accommodate your pet, and make sure that you purchase a crate that is the right size for your pet – remember, they need to have several inches between their ears and the top of the crate when sitting, and they must have enough space to turn around in. Any reputable airline will be able to put you in touch with their animal department to discuss crate requirements.
When traveling overseas, make sure your pet has a valid pet passport as well as the relevant vaccines and chips – some countries could even deny your four-legged friend entry. If you are unsure where to start then do consult your local veterinary practice first, as they will help get you on the right track. The Liverpool Vet will set up your pet with the right documentation they need in order to join you on your travels abroad.
Do Your Research
Before planning any trips for you and your family, make sure that your chosen destination is also suitable for your pet too. Check that your hotel or campsite welcomes pets and that there is enough to keep them busy and entertained. If you’ve done all your planning, then what are you waiting for? Enjoy some quality down time with the entire family.