You and your pet are ready to embark on a trip together, but the important thing is not to be set off unprepared. Whenever, travelling with pets requires careful packing and preparation. However, a little planning can help you and your buddy for an adventurous trip together in no time.
No matter the type of travel – either by train, automobile or plan—your pet needs to be housed in a pet-safe carrier or kennel. An appropriate carrier will be ventilated with mesh on at least two sides, have a secure gateway and fit your pet comfortably with several inches on any side of his body. If by travelling by car make sure the carrier has proper seat belt clips. For air travel, be sure to check with your airline for specific kennel requirements and restrictions.
Collar and Leash:
Both cats and dogs need to travel with a collar or harness and identification tags. For dogs bring couple of leashes and don’t forget to attach an ample supply of waste bags for easy cleanup. For kitties, make sure the collar is a quick-release safety collar. Try getting kitty used to her collar a few weeks before her trip to reduce any stress.
Travel can be stressful for everyone, even for your pet also. Cats in particular are accustomed to routine and can became easily stressed during travel. Bringing along your cat’s favourite bedding or lining her carrier with her favourite blanket provides your anxious kitty with a sense of security. Your veterinarian can also recommend a variety of calming supplements such as Feliway — a natural pheromone spray that can be used on a favourite blanket or towel to calm Kitty. When in an unknown area, our canine buddies will also find comfort in their favourite bedding, toys and blankets.
Food and Medications:
Food and Water collapsible bowls are great savers during travel. However, if your dog is anxious pet and the room to spare, consider bringing along his regular food bowls. The familiarity can help ease his anxiety. It’s very important to maintain his diet. A road trip is not the time to test out new foods. As general bringing double the amount of food and medicine you think your trip requires.
First Aid Kit:
Accidents happen, be prepared with a pet-friendly first aid kit when you travel. Make sure to pack it with items necessary in veterinary emergencies such as gauze, medical tape, alcohol pads, pet-safe scissors, small tweezers, and your veterinarian’s contact information.
If your pet is traveling abroad, you’ll need to bring vaccination records and a veterinarian certified health certificate from the last ten days. You may also need supporting documents. Contact the visiting country’s consulate or embassy for information and requirements.