Travel Tips April 12, 2018
Here Are 6 Ways To Keep Pets Safe And Happy While Traveling
Travel horror stories about pets injured during travel are all over the news lately. If you’re wondering how to keep your pet safe and happy on a long trip, there are actually a few things you can do to keep Fido feeling good all the way to your destination.
1. Be sure to your pet can move around in its kennel.
One of the best ways to ensure your pet has a distressing travel experience is to cram it into an improperly sized travel cage. Be sure your pet can sit, stand, turn around, and lie down in its carrier. Most airlines have regulations in place regarding the maximum and minimum size for kennels, so make sure to check before you depart.
2. Send along favorite toys or reminders of home.
Slip something that smells like home into their kennel, like a beloved soft toy or a small blanket. Just be sure that whatever you pack in their carrier isn’t so big that it takes away from their space to move around. It’s also a good idea to avoid anything that makes noise, like a squeaky toy, or might be ripped to shreds by a nervous animal.
3. Tape a picture of your animal to the side of their kennel.
In recent months, airlines have landed in hot water for accidentally shipping animals to the wrong airports or even countries. Minimize the chances of this happening to your pet by taping a big photo of your pet to the outside of their carrier. Though their information will be included on a label by the airline, it’s good to make doubly sure that the staff realize the container contains the chihuahua going to New York and not the doberman headed to Arkansas.
4. Don’t try out any new food or treats the night before.
The last thing you want to happen is for your pet to get a sore stomach in transit. Don’t introduce any new food or treats right before a long journey. Besides putting your animal in distress, you might have to clean up an especially dirty kennel on the other end.
5. Give your pet a good cleaning before and after travel.
Things can get a little grimy during travel. Starting off with a clean slate will make grooming that much easier on the other end. If your pet has been traveling with other animals in a hold, you may also want to get him groomed at your destination to make sure he didn’t get fleas on the way.
6. Be sure to include your contact information on your pet’s collar.
While it’s certainly not the norm, pets have been known to escape in transit. If someone finds your wandering pet far from their kennel, it can be a lifesaver to have your contact info affixed somehow to the animal itself. And of course, you should definitely have your pet chipped before any long journey.
Following these tips should keep your pet safe and happy while traveling. For more travel tips and intel, click