As a member of your family, the last thing you want to do is leave your pet at home and take a family vacation. The good news is that you can take your pet on a road trip, fly with them to your destination and even stay the night with them in a pet-friendly hotel.
If you want to make traveling with your pet more enjoyable, there are certain safety precautions you need to take. For instance, your pet will get irritable and sick if left alone in a parked car, he or she may suffer from dehydration if you do not provide them with fresh water at all times and you should definitely travel with your pets required health certificates so you don’t run into any trouble at the airport.
Here are a few tips for traveling with your pet.
1. Take your pet to the vet for a checkup- Before your trip, make sure your pets vaccinations are up-to-date. You may be required to show a health certificate when traveling across the state or international borders. “The health certificate must be signed by an accredited veterinarian after examining your pet and determining that it is free of infectious diseases and satisfies all import requirements of the receiving state, territory, or country. International travel often requires USDA endorsement of the certificate,” according to AVMA.
2. Make sure your pets crate has proper identification- [Related: 6 Stress-Free Travel Tips] Anything can happen on vacation, which is why it’s important to take precaution. Your pet should have proper identification tags with up-to-date information.
3. Never leave your pet alone in a parked car- Contrary to what many people believe, leaving your windows cracked will not stop the temperature from rising inside of the car, and leaving the air conditioner running is just as bad. On a hot day, car temperatures can reach around 120 degrees in just a few minutes. This is extremely dangerous for your pet’s safety.
4. Protect your pet from a heatstroke- Humans are not the only ones who can suffer from heatstroke. It’s important to protect your pets at all times. Make sure you are providing them with fresh water, using pet sunscreens and only exercising with them in the morning, evening or on shady trails.
5. Make sure you secure pet friendly accommodations- Before you book your hotel, make sure that they are pet-friendly. Some of the most pet-friendly hotels in the world include Four Seasons Hotel in Singapore, The Milestone Hotel in London, Loews Annapolis Hotel in Maryland and Best Western Braeside Resort in New Zealand.
6. Pack a separate bag for your pet- Make sure you have all of your pets essential items – food, water bowl, medications, protective clothing, sunscreen and a flea comb and tick remover. But most of all, don’t forget your Neater Scooper – a portable waste bin that makes cleaning your cats litter box a whole lot easier.
7. Make carrying your pet around easier: You don’t want to leave your dog in the hotel room, but you know that he or she is going to get tired walking around all day, so what do you do? Purchase the K9 Sport Sack, a safe, convenient, and comfortable carrier. It features ventilated sides, adjustable side pockets, a safety D-ring for collar hook-up, and a thick bottom rest pad to keep your dog comfortable.