If you have pets in your life then you know that when you’re planning a trip somewhere you’re always contemplating on whether you leave you pets in care or take them with you. Like many people you would more than likely prefer to have your pets come with you but need a little guidance on how to prepare for pet-friendly travel. Well we have you covered, here are some tips for travelling with pets.
1. I.D tags for your pets
Most pets these days are fitted with a chip that when scanned shows the kennel or vets who the pet belongs to with contact details. If your pet isn’t chipped, then ensure you leave some form of I.D on your pet, that way, should you get separated for some unfortunate reason, the person who finds your pet can contact you.
2. Train your pets at a young age
Train your puppy to remain calm when travelling at a young age is important, that way they become acclimatized to their surroundings when travelling and it doesn’t put stress on them. Do some practice sessions in your car, train them to remain calm and focused on commands you give, and offer a reward system to best train them.
3. Secure them for their safety
It’s highly recommended to crate your pets when travelling, they may be the most well behaved pet when travelling, but for their safety they need to be secure, you may need to make a sudden stop and this can result in your pet being injured if not secured properly.
4. Consider sedating your pets
Dogs and cats are quick and agile, and they will put this to use if they feel they’re not safe. Sedating your pet may seem a bit much, but if it results in your pet being safe, stopping it from jumping around the car and injuring itself, then its worthwhile giving them a sedative.
5. First aid for your pet
You want to ensure that should the worst happen, and your pet does get injured during your travels, you want to make sure you have everything at hand to get your pet the help they need. Make sure you take a copy of their up to date medical records, the VECCS (Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society) can provide information on the nearest Vets. As for the first aid kit, make sure it holds at least the following; Bandages, Gauze and Hydrogen Peroxide. Always seek professional help first before administering anything yourself first.
6. Take pet food and water
Delays are very common when travelling long distances, always make sure you take enough food and water for your pets as you never know how smooth your journey will be, you could get huge delays which will leave your pet unfed and thirsty.
To summarize, your main priority when travelling with your pet is to keep them safe and to keep them from causing harm to themselves or others. Pets can be startled and attack at anything when travelling. Keep them comfortable to make the trip as pleasant as possible for yourselves and the pets.