Some people have a hard time saying goodbye to their pets, even if it’s to do something incredibly fun like going on vacation. If you happen to be one of those people, why not bring your pet along on your trip with you? Before you grab Fido and hop in a cab to the airport, though, there are some important things you need to know. Here are some top recommended tips for traveling with your pet.
Have The Necessary Items Before You Leave
You’re going to need to get a few things in order before you ever even book your trip. First, if you don’t already have one, you’ll want to get your pet a good ID tag to put on their collar. Make sure it includes your address and your phone number. While that might seem like common sense, you should also get an additional tag that includes the address and the phone number for the hotel you’ll be staying at. You may also want to get your pet chipped prior to your trip, too.
You should also have copies of all of your pet’s important documents. You can accomplish this easily by simply taking a photo of them and keeping the images on your phone. In case you have to bring your pet to a vet in another location, you’ll have all of the medical documentation you need right at your fingertips.
Finally make sure your pet’s travel crate is big enough for them, well-ventilated, and take some time to acclimate them to the crate before you travel if they’re not used to it.
Planes And Cars
If you’re bringing your pet on a road trip, make sure they’re used to riding in the car. Next—and this is a big one—make sure you keep your pet safely buckled up. You can do this by investing in a pet car seat or a special leash that you can buckle right into your cars existing seat belts. Most importantly, don’t let your “lap dog” be a lap dog while you’re driving—it’s extremely dangerous for both of you.
Traveling by plane is a whole other ballgame. When possible, take a nonstop flight. If you have a small pet, usually under 20 pounds, they may be able to travel with you in the cabin but you’ll need to contact the airline to book a ticket. If you have a larger pet that will need to fly in the cargo hold things can be a little trickier. Many airlines won’t allow pets to travel in cargo, but if yours does, make sure you label the crate with “Live Animal.” Now’s the time to invest in a heavier duty crate with a metal door and, as always, it should be well ventilated.