If you’re planning to travel, learning to travel safely with your pet is essential. You’re probably familiar with the precautions regarding vehicle safety (never leave your pet in a closed car, or even with windows cracked).
That may seem like a no-brainer, but think it through before your departure. What will you do, for instance, when you want to pull off and eat at a restaurant? Where will you leave your pet?
It just makes sense these days that if you’re going to travel that you take precautions to ensure that your little four-legged friend is safe.
Try to make sure that we have all the equipment needed for a safe trip that includes the things we need for our beloved pets. They are as important as any other member of the family and deserve to be treated as such.
Here are some things to consider for safe travel with your pet in hot weather.
Depending on where you’re headed on your vacation, making sure your pet is up to date on vaccinations and parasite/pest prevention is important.
If you’re somewhere warm, you will need to be particularly aware of fleas and ticks.
Fleas and other parasites need to be given priority by pet owners.
The common incidences of flea bite allergy in the case of pets cause worries among these pet owners. Flea bite induces allergic reactions in the area bitten by the fleas.
Hence, the affected area looks like a hairless area and the animal starts scratching. Unfamiliar parasites may pose a threat if you’re traveling out of the country.
Many drugs have come on the market to treat fleas and other parasites. Nowadays, there are medications that are highly preferred by many pet owners to treat the fleas, ticks, and other parasites that attack your pets.
There are drugs available for the external application, ask your Vet what is the right course of treatment.
A first aid kit is a good idea for man and beast, especially if you are going to be on the road a lot or in the wilderness. Antiseptic, tweezers, and bandages are the minimum that should be in such a kit.
So make sure you take the necessary precautions before heading out to a new place.
Is your pet prone to motion sickness? If so, your vet should be able to recommend a medication of some sort to help with that.
Before heading out, clean and exercise your pet. Car rides can get very long in “pet years”! And you want your little friend to be clean when you arrive.
Sources recommend not feeding your pet for a few hours before the trip or leaving a few hours after your pet has eaten.
3. What to Bring
Regardless of the kind of pet you have, you’ll need to bring along certain things. Here is a minimal checklist.
- Toys (a few favorites)
- Catnip to calm your cat in transit and after arrival
- Chew toys to keep your dog occupied
- Food and water bowls
- Leash, collar, ID tag
- A few old towels to cover car seats, hotel beds, etc.
- Plastic pick-up baggies to clean up after your pet
- Litter and litter box for cats
- Brush and flea/tick comb
- Crate or carrier
4. In the Vehicle
- Never allow your pet to ride in the front passenger seat (especially one that is airbag-equipped).
- All cats should be in a crate or carrier.
- Dogs can be either in a crate or carrier or restrained in a special harness that attaches to the seat belt.
- Never let your pet out of the car without proper restraint.
- Don’t allow your pet to ride with their head out the window; they could get hurt by flying debris.
Buckle up your pet with a special pet harness, which acts as a seatbelt for pets. If your pet is in a crate or carrier, then this can be strapped in/strapped down as well.
Crates and carriers are essential not only for the car but for wherever you’re staying. It can be a safe haven for your pet and can act as a bed at your destination.
In the event of an accident, pets tend to survive better if they ride in a carrier or crate, sources say.
Every few hours, let your pet out (on a leash) to walk. Always use a leash; animals can act differently in new surroundings, and someone may also steal your un-leashed pet.
If you have a cat, teach him or her to use a harness and leash before you head out on your trip.
Remember, no matter where you’re headed or how you plan to get there, make sure your pet is microchipped for identification and wears a collar and tag imprinted with your name, phone number, and any relevant contact information.
It’s a good idea for your pet’s collar to also include a temporary travel tag with your cell phone and destination phone number for the duration of your trip.
To sum it all up.
For some pet parents, a trip is no fun if their four-legged members of the family can’t come along. But traveling can be highly stressful, both for you and your pets.
If you’re planning to take a trip with your pet, learning to travel safely with your pet will help ensure a safe and comfortable journey for everyone.
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