Dog Travel Tips
When deciding whether or not to take your pet on vacation with you, there are several factors you must consider first. For example, you pets age. Is he too old to travel? Some older pets simply can not handle the stress of traveling, particularly on long journeys or by plane. If this is case, please do not take your pet with you.
Once you have decided to travel with your pet, there are many pet travel tips which can assist you in making sure the ride is as smooth as possible for both you and your pet. You should of course ensure your pet is healthy enough to travel. Consider a thorough vet check up within a week or two of leaving. Your vet will be able to tell you if your pet is fit enough to go on vacation with you.
Even if you are only traveling in the car with your pet, it is always wise to attach a collar to the pet containing his name and your name, as well as your phone number and address. A pet can run off at any time while our backs are turned, and this is the safest assurance that you will get him back. Your pet should already be microchipped. This provides a good way to link a lost pet to you. This is a vital pet travel tip so please adhere to it!
The next pet travel tip relates to carrier crates and bags. There is a more detailed article on pet travel carriers on this site, however I will mention the briefly here too as they really are vital to your pets traveling needs. The carrier or crate should be of adequate size. Most dogs will not enjoy a crate in the car, but cats should be confined to a cage whilst journeying in the car. Of course, a crate is required if you are traveling by plane. Always buy airline approved crates of the highest quality.
Other pet travel tips include small but important things such as grooming your animal before you go away. Like you, he would love to look and feel his best before setting off on holidays so do him a favor and treat him to a pamper and claw clipping before you set off! A clean and groomed animal is a happy animal. There is nothing worse than having your animal constantly scratching and being flea riddled whilst you are on vacation.
Ensure you take plenty of cold water with you as well as dried food for the journey. Depending how long the journey is, you may need to take more substantial food for your pet. This can be kept cold in esky's and other refrigeration devices.
These are just a few simple pet travel tips which will make yours and your pets vacation an enjoyable one!
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