Pets are our good friends. They are adorable, loyal, and dedicated. However, as for animals, their needs differ from ours, and for that reason, taking care of a pet needs patience and knowledge. Once you have a pet, you will definitely have tons of fun playing around with your cat or dog, but looking after him and maintaining his well-being will soon become your sole responsibility.
So now you already get used to having a pet and all the responsibilities associating with it, and one day you want to travel. Unless you have someone take care of your cat while you are away, you have an idea of taking your pet with you on your trip. Travelling with your furry friend is a fun experience, and people are doing it more and more often, but there are certainly hardships and difficulties for all parties involved: trip operators such as airlines or railroads, your pet, and yourself. How to be well-prepared? Let’s find out.
Get identification cards for your pets
Similar to your luggage, identification cards help you track and find your pet in case you are separated from your pets. When travelling, you have to follow the carriers’ policies, and sometimes your pets cannot stay with you the entire time. Hence, for these situations, identification cards make finding your pets easier and faster. Additionally, it is also recommended that you get a permanent identification for your pets. This can be done by fitting your pets with a microchip. If microchip does not sound appealing to you, having your pet tattooed by the National Dog Registry can be another option. Either way, don’t forget to register the number. Even when you are not travelling, a permanent identification is helpful to find your pet if he happened to get lost somewhere.
Proper training in advance
We love travelling, but having to sit still and being moved around places may not be a fun experience for our little friends. Usually when being moved, cats or dogs tend to get nervous or too exciting. Therefore, to make your travelling (or just moving) smooth, do train your pets before the trip. Having proper training in advance will make the travelling experience more familiar and enjoyable to your pets. There are many books and information about training dogs or cats, so you can definitely check out few training tips to familiarize your pets with travelling conditions. Our goal is to train them to remain calm and focus on your commands during the drive so that they would not hurt us and themselves. One example of a training practice is to get your dog or cat familiar with your car and its settings. For most of the times, animals are highly alert when they are in a new place, so having your pet get used to the things in your car may prevent your pet from anxiety. Thus, on the day of the trip, your pet will more likely to behave appropriately as previously trained.
Secure your pets.
A good way to transport your dog or cat is to have a carrier. There are many types of carriers: fabric, plastics, and so on. However, each type has its own pros and cons. Fabric ones are soft, but they are less secured, since fabric is easily torn or damaged while loading and unloading. Thus, your dog or cat may get injured if the carrier is damaged or unable to protect him. On the other hand, plastic carriers are quite bulky, but they are versatile and safer than any other kinds. Hence, if you want to travel with your pet, especially by air, a recommendation is to get a plastic one as your pet is highly secured when transporting. In addition to securing your pets in carriers, you should also pay attention to their mental states. If you have seen your pet got extremely nervous or anxious in an unfamiliar setting before, you may want to calm your pet with medication prior to the trip. You can always consult a veterinarian for the best type of medication. If needed, extra capsules can be brought along to make sure you have the medication to treat your pets.
Prepare all the essentials
These include food, water, and a first aid pet kit. Travelling is fun, but in-transit times has unpredictable length, which is unpleasant, especially for your pets. Your dog or cat is not like us, who can control our hunger or just simply eat some junk food. Hunger can be extremely disturbing for animals, so long layover will definitely a pleasant experience for your pets. Sometimes your pets do not have access to clean water or food, so be prepared for the lack of food and water by bringing extra. But what if you are in a long flight and separated from your dog or cat? How can you feed them? One suggestion is to use an automatic cat feeder or dog feeder installed in the carrier, so that even when you are not with them, they will still get the food and water needed. Another essential item that you should bring is a first aid pet kit. In case of emergency, always contact an animal healthcare professional first, but if a professional is not readily available, the first aid pet kid can help you assist your pets.
In brief, it may sound stressful or dangerous to bring your pet along while travelling, but with careful preparation, you can definitely ensure your pets’ safety. Don’t be afraid of being extra because you never know what will happen, and those extra things could be your saviour. After all, travelling with your four-legged friend is fun, and you should not let these preparations bring you down. It could be a bit busy and handy to take care of both your pet and yourself, but once you get used to it, it would be a piece of cake. We hope you have wonderful journeys with the furry friends!