I love my pet but sometimes traveling with man’s best friend is not always an option. Although finding someone to care for our precious Mia (and 9 chickens) when we are away is always an obstacle, it’s something we take very seriously. There are many factors involved and when the scenario is ideal, Mia comes with us.
If you are traveling with children or with pets, there are definitely some extra things you need to take into consideration. Taking your fur baby along on your trip means some certain arrangements, precautions, and considerations. Check these out.
Whether you are traveling by car or plane, you will need to arrange for some type of containment for your pet. Whether it’s a crate, carrier, leash and collar or harness and leash, you will need some means to keep your pet restrained and contained. If you are traveling by car, you may prefer to allow your pet to sit in one of the seats with a restraint, but you may still need a crate of some type to use once you reach your destination.
Are there regulations regarding pets at your destination? Find out if the place you will be going is pet friendly and what accommodations are available for guests and visitors who bring their pets with them. Are there special arrangements you need to make if you are taking your pet with you to a different state? Make sure you know what is expected before you make your trip.
If you are driving, you will need to plan plenty of rest stops along the way. Your pet will need to have an opportunity to go potty and get some exercise, as well as eat and drink. This will require extra time on your trip, so you will need to allow for that.
You will also need to make sure you know where the pet-friendly stops along your route are located. Keep in mind that if you have your pet with you, you will be more limited with your own rest activities. Your meals may have to be drive through only as stopping and spending time at a restaurant may not be feasible when you have a pet in your car.
Don’t forget to pack extra baggage for your pet. You will need food and bottled water, something for your pet to eat and drink out of, leashes and collars or harnesses, toys, and any extra items your pet may need. You may need to bring grooming supplies and treats as well as any medications or health supplies.
If you pet is not a good traveler, talk to your vet. The vet may be able to give you medications that will help soothe your pet and keep them calm during your travel time.
Traveling with your pet can bring up a few extra challenges. You will need to allow more time and be flexible as you see to your pet’s needs along the way. Plan ahead so you can ensure the safety and wellbeing of your pet as you travel and you can make sure that you all arrive at your destination healthy, happy, and ready to enjoy whatever plans you have made.
Do you travel with your pets? What are some obstacles you endure with pet travel?