Traveling with a pet? Find out how to get the most out of the vacation with your furry companion.
You are flying or driving; your pet is traveling with you, and, unless you have done this before, you have no way of knowing how your pet will do. The last thing you want to deal with is a howling cat or a whimpering dog for hours until you arrive.
Make sure you take the proper precautions to calm your furry companion before take-off:
Other tips for traveling with a pet:
Put a worn t-shirt or piece of your clothing with your scent in the carrier with your pet. Your scent is very calming to them.
Another important tip: Make sure your pet is physically able to travel. If your pet is older, if it is very young and not well trained, or if it has been sick or under strict medication, reconsider your position. Your dog or cat may be better off in familiar surroundings with a loving pet sitter than on unfamiliar turf at this time.
During the flight traveling with a pet:
Under no circumstances, can you remove your pet from its carrier during the flight. However, the key here is to keep your pet calm, isolate them from all of the crazy activity of people loading their gear in the overhead compartments, and finding their seats.
Because you are traveling, you have not given your pet a full meal, so offering one piece of chow at a time can keep you connected with your pet as long as they will accept it. Please don't feed them too much; the object here is to keep them occupied, not to fill their belly.
Unfortunately, cars and planes weren't designed with pets in mind. With the proper preparation and planning, vacation with your pet can be absolute bliss.
Something to consider during your planning is making sure your pet has the proper coverage before take off. Accidents are something we want to avoid thinking about while creating our vacation checklist. However, unforeseen accidents and injuries do happen and it is advised to be safe rather than sorry.