Going out on a vacation? What are you going to do with your pet dog? Will you leave them behind, get a sitter or take them along? Taking a pet along on a travel can make things complicated for you, but if you cannot leave your pets at home and need to take them with you, there are some guidelines you need to be aware of to make it less complicated. Some problems may possibly be encountered when you travel with your pets.
Prepping your pets before travel
Way before the travel schedule, you need to research on the travel requirements for your pet, especially in the country or countries you are travelling to. Read thoroughly and make sure you prepare your pets accordingly. Some countries would require vaccinations or parasite testing, so these should be arranged prior to your scheduled travel.
Also, you will need to use a pet carrier, so introduce intended pet carriers to your pet. Make him stay inside and adjust to it. This can be done by placing your pet’s favorite treats inside the carrier and make him stay inside for a while, at least once a day. It is important that your pet will be able to adjust to the space, the smell, and how it feels like. It is also advisable to make him take a nap in it and make himself comfortable. The amount level of adjustment the pet will have on the carrier will affect the comfort and convenience of your travel. The more your pet is comfortable, the less your stress will be.
Road trips with pets
If you plane on taking your pet with you on road trips, it would be best if you take him first on short road trips just to make him feel the vehicle and for him to get accustomed to it and how it smells and feels like on a ride. It is the best way of giving him some time to relax and get comfy with it. Also, bring your pet carrier and his bedding with you when you go on these short trips. It will help him get used to them and the car.
When you are finally are on a road trip, stopovers or breaks are important. It is also a window for you to stretch and your pet to take a potty break. Make sure to always harness your pets when you get off the car to make them safe and to avoid them from running away from the vehicle, which could be putting them at risk.
When you are travelling with your pet in car and you have sunroofs, always close it to prevent your pet from getting out by way of the sunroof. Closing the windows all the time is also a must. If a seat belt for pets can be made available, it is best to strap them in.
During stopovers or unexpected incidents where you need to get off the car, never leave your pet behind. Getting used to leaving him inside the car while you go out to do stuff, might become a habit and will be done regardless of circumstances. This habit could put your pet in danger, especially when unexpectedly temperature will rise drastically while you are out of the car doing your stuff.
Pet on a plane
Airports have screening regulations and special screening for pets. You will need to carry them during this process as only the carriers will go through the scanners. If in case you are doubtful that your pet will behave properly during the special pet screening process, you can ask for privacy for this purpose. It is important that your pet will go through the process properly to save you the hassle.
Pets usually are not allowed to fly in the cabin with its owner, not unless your pet is a service animal or when it is small enough to fit under the seat. Some airlines may have regulated allowance for pets inside the cabins, but these are limited only. So to avail of such, you must arrange with the airlines you are travelling with way ahead of time, to avail of a slot.
Pets already died while on flight because they were placed in the cargo area and ventilation is not appropriate for the living, even animals. Putting your pets in the cargo is always risky, but you will have no choice especially if your pets are big in size. Pets allowed in the passenger cabins pay fees that are more than your own airfare. Even fees for large animals put in the cargo area would be higher than flying in the cabin. But in case you have no other choice, it might be a good idea to talk to the pilot, if you can, or any of the crew members so you can let them know that your pet is in the cargo area and they can regulate air conditioning in the area, to keep your pets safe. It is good to talk to them and let them know your concerns about the comfort and safety of your pets, so they would understand and make considerations for your pet in the cargo hold.
Also, you must prepare your pet carrier. It is important that you place a label “Live Animal” on every side to warn the cargo handlers. This way your pet can be handled safely. Also, aside from the “live animal” label, mark the flight number, your name and contact information plus the dog information. Make sure that you are using a carrier that is big enough for your pets to move comfortable inside. Several pet carriers and there features can be found online where you can view the pet carrier options.
Feeding your pets and their potty breaks need to be attended to, regardless of whether they are flying in the cabin with you or in the cargo area. Some pet owners would have their pets do a major exercise the day before travelling; no food during the actual travel but a little water. Also, there are many airports have animal relief areas so your pet can go before boarding the plane, but still potty pads could come handy anytime so it is always best to have those.
However, owners of some breeds that should really not take airplanes at all, such as bulldogs, pugs or other breeds with flat faces should make sure not to take them to travel by planes. Their physical attributes make it difficult for them to breathe.