What You Need to Know About Traveling With Your Pet

By on June 2, 2021

There are upsides and downsides to traveling with your pet but if you do decide to bring them along, you will need to put some thought into it before jetting off. Think about where you are going and how you are getting there and then consider how your pet is going to cope with all of that.

You know your animal better than anyone and if you think they are ready for an adventure and would rather go with you than get left behind, then go for it – just know that it will take extra planning to have your four-legged friend along for the ride too.

Entertainment on the road

One of the best things about taking your pet on your travels is that you are going to be with them for the company a large part of the time and really when it comes to keeping a pet happy, that puts you in a strong position.

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However, they will need more than your scintillating conversation to keep their brains active and there will be times you will want to visit somewhere they cannot tag along, so think about other ways to keep them entertained.

There is a wealth of information available online to give you some ideas. Know on pet mental stimulation and how to keep their brain occupied while you travel.

Keeping them well

From getting the temperature right and finding the best pet food to treating them for illnesses, you need to make sure you are just as equipped on the move as you were at home, perhaps even more so.

If you are heading to a hot climate, you need to consider how you will keep your pet cool both while you are on the move and when you are staying over for a few nights. If you cannot take their regular food with you or are likely to run out during the trip, research what you will be able to feed them while in each of your chosen locations.

It is also vital to have insurance to cover anything unexpected cropping up that needs veterinary attention, otherwise, you might find yourself having to cut your vacation short or, worse still, be forced into a difficult decision about your pet’s life while you are away.

Taking your pet abroad

What transport you will be permitted to take will vary on your pet and on your chosen destinations.

Different countries have different restrictions. While some only require proof of vaccination and a certificate of health, others require your pet to be quarantined for what could be quite a lengthy period of time.

Check which airlines will allow pets to fly with you and what the weight limit is. It is recommended that you avoid putting large dogs in the hold as it can be quite a traumatic experience for them. If traveling is going to be difficult or even traumatic for your pet, perhaps reconsider if bringing them along is really the best choice.

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What You Need to Know About Traveling With Your Pet