Studies done on travel patterns have indicated in the recent past that family vacations are no longer a preserve for humans and their family members anymore. Pet owners these days take their, cats, dogs and birds with them when they travel. It sounds fun. With a family dog or cat by your side, you can be pretty certain that the vacation you are about to embark on will be memorable.
Unfortunately, animal behavior can be unpredictable. It can be hard to know how they will behave onboard or while on the road. It gets worse where they start behaving strangely and you just have to figure out what their behavior implies. You don’t have to fear all these things if for one reason or the other you intend to travel with your pet. Simply use the following tips to prepare your pet for the vacation.
Human often get excited for road trips. The same can be said about most animals. With that in mind, take shorter drives within your town just to see how your pet behaves. Does the pet get anxious or car sick? Find out then engage a vet doctor to know how to deal with an anxious pet when travelling.
Be sure to buckle up before starting your journey. Most travelers don’t know this but more than 30,000 car accidents are caused every year by unrestrained dogs in the passenger seat. Dogs freely wondering in the passenger seat or anywhere in the vehicle are not just a distraction to the driver. They are also more likely to be hurt or badly injured in the unfortunate event of an accident.
To be on the safe side, restrain your dog pet seat belt, a pet barrier, a travel crate or a pet car seat. Remember to keep the head of your pet inside. Dogs enjoy sticking their heads outside. This often gets them excited but it isn’t healthy for them.ear damage and lung infection are just but some of the risks your dog could be susceptible to every time you drive with his head stuck outside.
You will have to stop at some point to use the bathroom. Do the same for your pet. Vet doctors advise pet owners to stop after every two hours for two main reasons. First, the dog may need to use the bathroom. Secondly, they may need some exercise. Be sure to stop at hotels and other facilities that are pet friendly. Most hotels in Victorville are affordable and pet friendly, so you won’t have any problem with your pet within and around the city.
Flying with pets is tricky. There is a thumb rule though that can make the process easy. If your pet is young or unwell, it is best to leave the pet at home. That is the main thumb rule. Then there is the fact that some breeds like snub nosed dogs do not travel well in cargos mainly because they experience breathing difficulties while on air. It gets worse with the fact that there are few airlines that allow passengers to travel with such breeds.
Take time to do your research. Fees and regulations vary. Some airlines are way too expensive for pet owners while others are affordable. Compare charges on whether you will be charged less or more should your pet fly in the cabin or as checked baggage. You might also want to check your desired airline’s of handling pets. Incidents of pets being injured, dying or lost should be a red flag. Avoid any airline that seems to have several incidents or attract lots of negative reviews from their previous clients.
Other pet travel tips
Your pet’s safety should always come first. That means you have to ensure your pet is well fed before the journey, should it be a long one. Exercise the pet a day before the journey and make sure he’s fit to travel. Working out your pet has to advantages. Apart from ensuring the pet is healthy, working out will ensure the pet falls asleep and rests for most part of the journey.
Preparing a carrier is also advised. Purchase a kennel that is spacious enough to allow your pet to turn around and sleep without hurting its head. If your pet has never travelled before, take time getting him used to being in a carrier. Then keep in mind that airlines have crate dimension rules. Find out if your carrier or crate complies with the airlines rules at least three days before traveling.
Lastly, have your pet tagged with some form of identification. Have a tag pegged on the pet’s carrier and another run around its neck. You can go for simple tags or more sophisticated ones that come completely with programmed chips. The latter option is more ideal mainly because such tags often send notifications to your phone on your pet’s whereabouts after specific intervals. You can therefore be sure of where your pet is every hour as you go. You may need one if you are travelling through an insecure area or you have a hyperactive pet.