Pets have become quite popular lately. People who own pets will tell you that making travel plans (both for business and pleasure) involves deciding whether to bring your pet with you or leave it to the pet.
Most pet owners are so in love with their pets that they tend to travel with them wherever they go rather than leave them behind. Therefore, it requires preparation for a pet friendly trip. In this article, you'll find a pet travel checklist on how to prepare it.
1. Identification plates
Pets cannot identify themselves. Regardless of the type of travel you choose, you need to add the right tag to your pet before you leave. This would help to ensure that your pet finds a way back to you in case you separate. It also helps prevent owners from being confused when two pets could resemble each other
2. Permanent identification of the pet
The wise say you can never be too careful. In addition to tagging your pet with the necessary identification marks, it is recommended that you fit a more permanent identification method, such as a microchip. It would also help in tracking your pet in case it was to leave or if you started to separate.
3. Train them young
It is important for you to train your pet when you are young, as it will take some time for the animals to fully master the commands and expected behaviors. You should train them to stay calm during the trip and correctly follow the commands. A reward system is highly recommended as it helps you to stick to the lessons learned. If you have more than one pet, you are advised to train them individually.
4. Secure your pet to ensure their safety
After training your pet, most people think it is safe to let them travel by car / plane. However, this is wrong. Just like humans, pets can be injured when a passenger ship requires sudden movement or in the event of an accident. It is therefore recommended that you keep your pet in a pen to keep them safe.
5. Select the appropriate travel box
Fabric carriers are a great way to transport your pet. However, plastic pet carriers are preferred because of their versatility as they provide security for different travel modes.
6. Pets and cars
Pets, such as dogs and cats, are fast and lively. Therefore, they naturally use these capabilities when their security is at stake. Therefore, it is important to ensure that your pet feels safe and comfortable throughout the journey.
7. Pet calming
Pets, like any other human being, tend to worry about exposure in unfamiliar environments. Relaxing them could help relieve their anxiety and save them from traumas and even accidents caused by fear.
8. Carry a first aid kit
We can never tell if or when accidents can happen. The best way to combat this is to be prepared in any case. Pet owners are advised to carry a pet first aid kit containing bandages, gauze and hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting just in case. You should always follow the instructions of an animal health professional before treating your pet suspected of toxins.
9. Carry pet food and water
Unexpected events such as train delays are unavoidable. Therefore, it is important that the pet owner takes this into consideration when preparing their travels and provides the pet with extra food and water just in case such events occur.
10. Take special care
No matter how well you know your pet, you can never tell how they respond to new stimuli. For example, your cat may decide to look for shade between his legs while driving when he has heard loud noises, such as a truck. This can lead to a fatal accident and it is therefore strongly recommended that you keep your pet safe throughout the journey.
11. Dog handling during air travel
Most airlines allow you to carry your pet on an airplane in the cabin only if the pet fits under the seat in the pet carrier. It is a requirement that the size of the pet allow it to stand and move in the carrier. You also need to pack some things your dog needs, such as a cover bag, a water bottle, a collapsible bowl, a recent dog picture, and a leash.
The tips above mainly focus on the safety and well-being of the pet while traveling. Therefore, it is important to take initial precautions, such as ensuring that your pet is in good physical condition for travel. It is also important to make sure that the travel destination is free from animal diseases such as rabies. Following the tips above will make traveling with pets a less hassle and comfortable experience.