Tips for Traveling with Pets

  • If you are planning to travel on roads or skies with your four-legged friend – dog or cat -, have a look at following tips to make your trip as enjoyable as possible.

  • It is recommended to have a trial trip, namely, before a long trip take some shorter drives to see how your pet responds and feels.

  • Remember to restrain your little friend, because unrestrained pets threaten not only the driver, but also themselves – they are more likely to be injured in an accident. You can restrain your pet with special barrier, seat belt, car seat or travel crate.

  • Dogs usually enjoy sticking their head out of the window, but riding like this can cause damages or ears or even lung infections. You cannot also guarantee that there are no walls, branches or other barriers which can traumatize your furry friend.

  • It is recommended to attach a second tag to pet’s collar which includes phone number and address of where you are planning to stay during your trip. Bring also medical records in case of your pet’s emergency.

  • Do not forget about stops every 2 to 3 hours for your pet to pee and poop, as well as to get some exercise.

  • Not only you, but also your pet feels the thirst, therefore, keep a gallon of fresh and cold water on hand to ensure your pet’s hydration during the trip.

  • In no case leave them alone, because the temperature inside a car is much higher than outside. The temperature from 85 degrees to 110 degrees may rise only in 10 minutes, which can be deadly. If you go somewhere, where pets are not allowed, leave them at home or at a special hotel, rather than car.

  • Explore all regulations and fees related to pets which can vary depending on airlines and whether your pet flies in the cabin or as a baggage. Do not forget to check and airline’s history of flying animals.

  • If it is possible, choose an airline which offers conditions which are specially adapted for pets, for example, climate-controlled cabins and a flight attendants who check your pet every 15 minutes.

  • If your pets are very young, very old, has poor health or is snub-nosed, it is best to leave them at home, because they might not survive. It is recommended to consult your veterinarian, especially if your pet has not traveled before or it has some health problems.

  • If you are traveling abroad, find out an information about necessary vaccinations for your pet.

  • Prepare or purchase the carrier which has enough space for your pet to turn around and stand. If it is the first time when your pet is traveling, spend some time for getting your pet used to being in the carrier. Remember to attach contact information to both the collar and the carrier.

  • Before the flight take your pet for a walk or play with it, because the more tired your pet will be, the more likely it will sleep during the trip.

  • Think about your pet’s favorite toy or blanket which can help to feel more comfortable during the journey.

  • Do not forget to book pet-friendly hotels and some places where you are allowed to take your four-legged companion.