If you have a beloved pet in the family, chances are you really think of them as “one of the family!” So when you’re planning your holiday, why not include Spike in the action? There are plenty of places which are animal friendly; you can stay in dog friendly cottages in Cornwall, for example. Traveling with pets isn’t as difficult as it might sound. It just takes a bit of good planning and preparation to make sure your little guy is as comfortable as he can be. Here are some tips for traveling with your pet:
Get a Vet Check
Before you hit the road, you must get your pet checked out and get a certificate of health. Not only will it give you peace of mind to know that Rover is good to go, but many boarding facilities will require this certificate. You’ll also need proof of an updated rabies vaccine. Your vet can also prescribe a sedative for your animal if he happens to be the nervous type when traveling.
Your little guy can’t pack for himself but chances are if he could, he’d pack some of the comforts of home. Bringing your pet’s bedding, toys, brush and even their own dishes will help calm them down and make them feel comfortable when in an unfamiliar situation. Most importantly, bring your pet’s own food from home. Traveling is not the time to experiment with unfamiliar food, as your pet could be sick.
If you’re bringing your pet in the car with you, they need restraint just like people do! For small animals, use a pet carrier which will keep them safe in the car. The carrier should be well ventilated, with a secure latch. Line the bottom with something soft and cushioned to keep your pet comfortable along the ride. For bigger dogs, you can use a special harness which attaches them to the seatbelt, keeping them from flying forward during sudden braking.
Take Frequent Breaks
Just like people, dogs can’t sit in the car for too long without stretching their legs. They’ll probably need to even stop twice as much as people for potty breaks. And don’t just have your dog lie under the table while you stop for lunch; make sure to take him on a few laps for some exercise before getting back on the road. And always make sure to keep your pet well hydrated and at a comfortable temperature; they can’t tell you when they’re too hot or cold!