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Traveling with your pet

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You’ve decided to take your pet on vacation. It will be more fun and you won’t have to worry about leaving a member of your family in an unknown kennel. With a little more planning and foresight, you can have a safe and enjoyable trip with your pet.

Make a road trip

If you are driving with your pet, you will need to find a comfortable and safe way for your pet to travel. You can place your pet in a cage and secure it in the car. Alternatively, you can purchase a harness similar to a seat belt for your pet that will allow you to get out of the cage, but which will still be securely fastened. It is not safe to allow your pet to move freely in the car. You can be seriously injured, even in the event of a minor accident, and are much more likely to escape and get lost when you make stops.

Don’t leave your pet alone in the car, especially when it’s hot. Heat can quickly become a threat to life. If your pet gets dizzy easily, you can ask your vet to give you medicine for dizziness before the trip.

Take some of your pet’s food with you, and feed your pet only small amounts of food at a time. If your trip is short, you may want your pet to wait and eat when you arrive to avoid dizziness. You should also bring some water from your pet, or buy bottled water. Local tap water may contain different minerals or sulfur, which can affect your pet’s stomach.

Flying with your pet

Many pet owners don’t like to fly with their pets because it can be traumatic for them, but sometimes it’s inevitable. Unless your pet is very small, it will fly as cargo and not in the cabin with you. Check with your airline to determine what type of airline is acceptable and what rules apply to pet flights. Also ask what safety precautions exist, in what conditions the pet will fly, etc. Ask your veterinarian if your pet is well enough to fly or if there are any special precautions you should take.

International Travel

Getting your pet out of the country requires careful planning. Review the regulations for the country you are traveling to and verify that your pet has the required vaccinations. In some cases, you will need to have the vaccinations administered weeks before your departure date.

Most countries require an anti-rabies vaccination certificate and a health certificate. Your veterinarian can help you get both. The country you are traveling to may require you to complete paperwork to obtain permission to bring your pet into the country. In addition, some countries have quarantine regulations that may require your pet to remain in a kennel for up to several months.

Pet Hotels

A quick Internet search can help you find hotels that are receptive to pets. Many travel sites also allow you to specify only pet accommodation. Check with your hotel for their specific rules on how to stay with a pet.

If your pet requires walks, ask for a room that opens from the outside. This will be more convenient for outdoor night trips.

Many alternative accommodations, such as resorts, cabins, and bed and breakfasts are also open for pets. Check the availability of the place you are traveling to in advance. Since many of these vacation spots offer outdoor activities, they can be a great option for pet owners.

What will your pet do all day?

You know how you’re going to travel, and you’ve found a hotel that will welcome your pet, and now what? What will your pet do all day when you’re out having fun?

An outdoor vacation is an ideal option if you are traveling with pets. Consider renting a motor home and taking a camping vacation. Many RV rental agencies allow pets with an extra deposit. A trip to the beach is another good option for pet owners. However, keep in mind that sand can be irritating to some pets, especially dogs with deep skin folds. Some animals are also bothered by prolonged exposure to the sun.

If you spend a lot of time outdoors, have plenty of cold water on hand and watch your pet for signs of heat exhaustion.

Some restaurants now offer outdoor seating that is also suitable for pets. Check in advance to see if there are any available near where you are staying. If you want to spend lunch time with your pet and there are no pet restaurants nearby, you may want to consider taking take-out food or even having an outdoor picnic.

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