Traveling with Pets

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Sometimes you may want to travel with a pet. A pet is sometimes one of man’s greatest companions. Having that one true friend there along your side while you see the country definitely makes for a great experience.

But there are definitely a couple things to keep in mind when you are doing that. Here are some personal tips that I have learned while traveling over the years with pets.

Prepare

One of the best ways to really make your trip best for your pet is preparing adequately. Bring as much as those familiar items as you can to ensure that you pet will be comfortable throughout your journey. Some of these items may include a pillow, toy, or leash. These are things of comfort for you pet so knowing that they are around and available really helps with those nervous jitters.

Sedative

Talk to your vet about getting a sedative if your pet is highly nervous on trips. It relaxes them and keeps them calm when things may be the most nerve wrecking for them.

Allow time for adjustment

Give your pet times to adjust to the new environment. There is so much to see and do that it can get overwhelming for your pet, they may need an extra 5 minutes to find the perfect potty space or an extra 20 minutes on a walk. Understanding these needs will greatly help you.

ID Tags

This is super important. It would be awful enough if your pet got loose in your own neighborhood, but in an unfamiliar place? Downright dreadful. Make sure your pet is up to date on any shots or registration. It would hurt to get a new collar that was sure to stay on while on your journey.

Hydrate

This is important for both you and your pet. Traveling creates a thirst that sneaks up on you. If you find yourself thirsty chances are that you are already way too dehydrated. And chance are that if you are thirsty your pet is equally thirsty, if not more so.

Pet Friendly

This may seem like a no-brainer, but I’m gonna mention it anyway. Make sure you go ahead and make sure all your travel destinations are pet friendly. You don’t want to have to fight with a hotel manager after a 12 hour flight about where your dog will be staying. Most hotels that are pet friendly have no problems with how you stay with your pet.

 

Traveling with a pet makes an ordinary adventure into a fun one. They are ones that won’t fight with you on what sights to see, won’t be picky about dinner, and are generally great travelers. Enjoy this time with your pet and make sure to take lots of pictures!