by | August 18, 2018

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 pets across borders, check local vaccination and quarantine laws.

Keep them safe

Dogs should travel either in a suitable carrier (airline approved if flying) or secured in the backseat. There are devices that attach to collars or harnesses and click into the seat-belt receiver. Don’t allow dogs to put their head out the window as it can lead to eye infections and other injuries. Cats should never roam in a vehicle; invest in a carrier that will last their lifetime.

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!

traveling with pets
Kate Timmins

First-time mama living in Adelaide, South Australia. When I’m not at home enjoying the company of my partner, our gorgeous baby boy, and our five rescue cats I love to spend my time walking along our local beaches and trying new foods from the growing number of vegan eateries in our city. I’m proud to be a foster carer for my local animal rescue; I believe that saving one animal may not change the world, but it will change the world for that animal! Follow me on Instagram for cats, baby, beaches, and tasty vegan food.


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2 Responses to “TRAVELING WITH PETS”

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    September 13th, 2018 @ 10:46 am

    Thanks for the sensible critique. Me and my neighbor were just preparing to do some research on this. We got a grab a book from our area library but I think I learned more from this post. I’m very glad to see such great info being shared freely out there.

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