As the year continues, people everywhere are beginning to make plans for the holidays. Many of us are preparing to travel. However, those of us with pets must make special provisions. The decision to travel with pets is never easy and takes very careful planning.
Traveling by car is the preferred option for many pet owners. Owners can monitor their pets from the car at all times, and they can intervene in case of emergency. However, the car does pose some challenges.
On long trips, make sure pets are secured in a crate or carrier. While dogs can usually roam free in a car, they may become restless over time. Furthermore, dogs that stick their heads out of the window can become injured from flying objects or particles. They may also take in far too much cold air, damaging their lungs. Since you will probably be doing a lot of freeway driving, it is best to keep your dog safely inside the car. Never keep a pet in the back of a truck, as they can easily jump out into the road.
You should take frequent stops. Take your dog for a short walk, or let your cat roam around the parked car for a bit. Remember that your pet will need to eat, drink, and go to the bathroom, just like yourself. Account for them at every pit stop, and never leave an animal in the car alone.
Always travel with a human buddy when travelling with pets. That way, you can split the responsibilities of driving and taking care of your pet. When you make stops, someone should always stay in the car to take care of your pet.
Going on a plane with your pet can seem scary, but it is more common than you think! The most important thing to do is read up on your airline’s pet policies. If you have any questions, call ahead of time. This will make your time at the airport much less stressful.
It is safest to bring your pet into the cabin with you. Most airlines allow small dogs or cats into the cabin for a fee. They will require a special airplane carrier to fit under the seat in front of you. For some airlines, you may have to submit health or immunization records. Always call ahead of time, as there are usually limits to how many pets can be in the cabin at a time.
If your pet must travel with the luggage, be aware of the risks. Look up your airline’s safety ratings for transporting pets. Use direct flights and always try to be on the same plane as your pet.
Leaving Them Home
Of course, you have the option to keep your pet home while you travel. Ask a trusted person to watch them, or utilize a boarding facility. Pet boarding facilities are specifically designed to meet your pets’ needs.
At Claws N Paws, you can find safe and comfortable cats-only boarding, as well as professional grooming services for cats and dogs. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at 714-962-1005.