When life is unpredictable, every pet owner knows there is one thing they can rely on. Dog or cat, our animals offer unconditional love and a bumper supply of good times. So when it is necessary to travel with a pet, we need to make their journey safe and hassle free. Here is DirectAsia’s round up of expert tips to help you travel with a pet.
1. First Things First
“No matter how you choose travel, it is vital to outfit your pets with proper identification prior to setting out. After all, if you should become separated from your pet, their identification is the surest way they’ll find their way back to you.” Top 10 Pet Travel Tips, petmd.com
2. On the Road
“Even if your dog is a happy traveler, it shouldn’t be allowed to roam free within the confines of your car. That could be very bad for your dog in the case of an accident, and an unrestrained dog could even be the cause of an accident.” Dogs and Car Travel, lovethatpet.com
“Keep your pets safe and secure in a well-ventilated crate or carrier. The crate should be large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in. Secure your pet’s crate so it will not slide or shift in the event of an abrupt stop. If you decide to forgo the crate, don’t allow your pet to ride with his head outside the window, and always keep him in the back seat in a harness attached to a seat buckle.” Gearing Up for a Summer Vacation, ASPCA.org
“Prep a pet-friendly travel kit. Bring food, a bowl, leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication and first-aid, and any travel documents. Pack a favorite toy or pillow to give your pet a sense of familiarity. Be sure to pack plenty of water, and avoid feeding your pet in a moving vehicle.” Travel Safety Tips, ASPCA.org
“Pack old washcloths. Handy to have on hand for wiping muddy paws that have just bounded through roadside puddles.” Dogs and Car Travel, lovethatpet.com
3. In A Parked Vehicle
“Never leave your animal alone in a parked vehicle. On a hot day, even with the windows open, a parked automobile can become a furnace in no time, and heatstroke can develop. In cold weather, a car can act as a refrigerator, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.” Travel Safety Tips, ASPCA.org
4. Along the way
“You might be up for grinding along hours at a time on the road, but your dog isn’t. Frequent potty breaks and opportunities to burn-off a bit of pent-up energy will help to make your dog a happy traveler. Just be careful not to have an escapee on your hands when you let your dog out of the car!” Dogs and Car Travel, lovethatpet.com
5. Taking your dog on an airplane
“The first thing you need to do is check with the airline for their rules regarding pet travel. Many require a health certificate and may have other rules you haven’t thought of that you don’t want to be surprised with at the airport. Your dog will almost certainly be traveling in a crate and it will probably make everyone’s lives easier if you crate your dog before you enter the chaos of the airport.” Cesar’s best dog travel tips, cesarsway.com
More tips on air travel with animals here.
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