What To Bring When Travelling With A Pet
What To Bring When Travelling With A Pet: How often have you gone on vacation and missed having your pet with you? Traveling with pets can be intimidating for many pet parents. But don’t be concerned! We’ve compiled a list of considerations to help you plan your next trip, this time with your four-legged companion!
Passport For Your Pet
Doesn’t a pet passport seem adorable? A mug shot of your adorable dog or cat with a tiny paw print in place of a signature would make any customs officer happy. That isn’t exactly what we mean by a pet passport. It’s simply your veterinarian’s certification that your pet is healthy and has all of its vaccines up to date. To make handling the documents easier, you can purchase passport-style journals. Put a picture of your pet in the passport as well, just in case.
Wear A Collar and Tags as Well
It’s usually a good idea to keep a strong, secure collar on your pet, especially if you’re traveling with pets in new territory. Make sure your phone number is prominently visible on your pet’s tags in case they escape during the trip. Check that they have necessary medical tags on, such as proof of rabies immunization.
Food and Drinks
It’s wise to stick to what your dog prefers when traveling to avoid having to buy food or treats (and risking an upset stomach). I calculate how much food we’ll need for each day of the trip and keep it in an airtight container. If you’re going to be gone for an extended period, it might be worth switching to a dog food that’s widely available everywhere just in case you run out. If your dog is a messy eater, you may also need to bring a mat. I keep them in a recycled glass jar or plastic tub, and I keep treats in a snack bag.
Small Portable Boxes
Nothing is more annoying than having to use the restroom while traveling down a deserted stretch of roadway. Consider how your pets must feel confined in a carrier. If you’re traveling with a dog, it’s your responsibility to watch its behavior and make frequent pit stops. Things are a little trickier with cats. Few people would let their cats get out of the car and relieve themselves on the side of the road for fear of their fleeing.
First Aid Kit
Sickness or injury is the last thing you want to happen to any of your travel companions. But, as we all know, things go wrong from time to time, so it’s important to be prepared. If you’re going by automobile, you may already have a first-aid package suited for human injuries. When traveling with pets, you should also have one prepared for your pet’s unique needs. You may buy prefabricated pet first aid kits in stores, or you can make your own with of stuff you probably already have at home.
- Before traveling with pets, check with your veterinarian to ensure that your pet’s vaccinations are up to date.
- Always have your pet’s medical records on hand, and keep your veterinarian’s phone number on speed dial in case of pet attacks.
- In case of an emergency where you need to have your pet evaluated by an expert, research and keep a list of confirmed, recommended vets in your vacation location.
- Trimming (rather than shaving) long-haired dogs and cats will keep their coats clean and provide respite during their summer vacations. You might seek professional assistance from your local pet spa.
- When traveling by car or train, having the air conditioner on is essential, but it can also produce a dry environment. To make it easier on your pet, consider frequent water and restroom breaks.
Mark Berry is a paralegal and lifestyle blogger who concentrates on playwriting, how to deal with a pet, health consciousness, travel, Credit Counseling, real estate, and self-development & social dealing. He loves exploring new places and sharing life experiences with the audience. He encourages readers to overcome obstacles holding them back and live their best life.
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