TRAVELING WITH PETS
When thinking about family vacations, one of the first things many families need to consider is what to do with our furry family members. One exciting solution is to take them along to join the fun, but there are a few points to consider to make sure your holiday goes smoothly and traveling with pets doesn’t become a nightmare for you, or them.
Traveling with pets
Check the law
If you’re traveling with
Keep them safe
Dogs should travel either in a suitable carrier (airline
Reduce the stress
Keep the road trip tunes on a low volume, cover carriers, and consider a calming spray such as Feliway. If you have a particularly stressed traveler and leaving them behind is not an option, talk to your vet about medicinal options.
Don’t forget the snacks!
Eating before or during travel can upset your furry friend’s stomach but small snacks at regular stops along the way can help them create a positive association with travel. They may not feel like eating but always offer fresh water and encourage them to drink. Many carriers include bowls that can be filled from the outside when traveling with pets, don’t forget their hunger needs.
Plan your journey
Make regular stops for everyone to stretch their legs and get some fresh air. If you’re traveling with pets a long distance, try to plan an overnight stay somewhere that animals can roam safely indoors.
Keep a comfortable temperature
Ensure your vehicle has adequate climate control for any kind of weather. Never leave animals alone in a car- even in mild temperatures, heat can build up surprisingly fast and small animals will overheat quickly.
Traveling can be really fun when done right, but it’s not for everyone. Consider alternatives such as boarding or pet sitting; staying at home with someone they know is ideal. Whatever you do, never leave your companion animals home alone. Family vacations should be fun for all family members– furry ones included!
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