Advice for Having a Happy Journey With Your Best Furry Friend
If you own pets, you likely think of them as members of your family. It’s possible that you’ve been considering traveling with your pet in the future.
Each year, countless numbers of people travel with their animals. Some of these adventures are wonderful because they strengthen the bonds between people and their pets.
Others aren’t as good.
Fortunately, you and your pet can have a fun and safe time together with a little advance planning and common sense.
Should you do something or not?
The first choice you must make is whether to bring your pet or not. Your pet’s security and health should come first.
Here are some points to consider:
Has your animal companion ever traveled before? If so, how do they deal with the pressures of traveling?
What temperament does the animal have? Does your cat or dog have a high anxiety level or are they less anxious?
What is your pet’s age and state of health?
Dosage requirements for your dog? Will you be able to take your medications as prescribed when you’re on the road?
Consult your veterinarian for advice if you are unsure of your pet’s health or stress levels.
Does the place you’re going allow pets? (Here are some that do: http://www.pet-friendly-hotels.net/ )
What kind of trip do you have in mind? A trip abroad to sample delectable cuisine from distant lands (such as this: http://geraldkochan.tumblr.com/post/87291550975/four-countries-four-fabulous-cuisines? ) sounds delightful-but not for your pet. Think about your trip from your pet’s perspective.
Pets and the Open Road
A fun experience can be had traveling by car with your pet. It might also be tragic. Each year, animals go missing after escaping from a car while on a road trip and leaving their heartbroken owners in their wake. The majority never come back. It is imperative that you take steps to protect your pet from harm and prevent loss.
Most people concur that cats should travel in carriers. Being in a carrier makes you and your cat safer because cats are frequently anxious when traveling. Dogs should also be kept in crates or carriers, but many people are unaware of this fact despite the fact that the reasons are often the same. In an accident, a pet in a back seat carrier that is also belted in is much safer than one that is free to roam. Except for occasionally making loud vocalizations, pets in carriers do not distract drivers. Additionally, when cars are stopped and passengers open doors, pets in carriers cannot get out.
Pets require frequent stops when traveling. They must move around, drink water, go to the bathroom, and take in the unfamiliar sights and smells. Before opening the car door, securely restrain pets with a leash or harness. To avoid car sickness, provide lots of water but not much food until the end of the day.
Never leave a pet unattended in a car. The interior of your car quickly becomes a furnace with temperatures that can result in irreparable organ damage or even death. In order to ensure that the pet is always with a human, travelers should alternate using the rest area facilities.