Traveling with Pets – Best Ways to Make Traveling with Your Pet Enjoyable (2022)

Traveling with pets

Want to travel with pets? This article will help you make traveling with your pet a pleasant one.

You have a pet, and there may be times when you have to take a trip. All pets, including dogs, cats, reptiles, birds, and other exotic breeds, must be kept safe to avoid harm or injury, especially when traveling by car, air, or ship.

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Traveling with Pets Tips – Make Traveling with Your Pet Enjoyable

  • Most dogs love to ride in cars. On any given day, while on the road, you may notice dog ears flapping in the wind. They love it! Traveling with pets does take a certain amount of preparation, however. Here are tips to help your pet enjoy the trip.
  • Taking long trips for your pet may not be exciting. Pets will get used to such trips and may enjoy the long trips. It is recommended to take your pet on short trips first.
  • Obtain a harness, which can be attached to the seat belt. Allowing a pet to ride in a car without the restraint of some kind may cause accidents.
  • Keep the pet in the back seat; never in the front where he can cause a distraction unless he is fully trained.
  • Ensure the collar is sturdy and has the proper ID tags and your home address on it in case the pet gets away from you.
  • Pack the following items the night before the trip: water, food, bowls, bedding for the car, toys, pet treats, plenty of plastic bags, and a first aid kit. 
  • Stop frequently feeding and water, and allow the pet to exercise and take all-important “bathroom” breaks. Always keep the pet on a leash.
  • Try not to travel on days when it is scorching. If it is mildly warm, use the AC, but always check to ensure the pet is comfortable.
  • Don’t Leave your car window fully drawn down; instead, leave it only a bit lower for his comfort and pleasure.
  • If you stop for a snack, never leave a pet inside the car. He can become dehydrated, especially in warm and hot weather. Either take the pet with you or have someone watch the pet for you.
  • If you have a puppy or kitten, a small kennel is recommended for car travel. Cats must always remain in their carrier and are well-behaved in most cases.

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International Traveling with Pets

Airlines and transport companies will require select pet carriers to transport your pet. Pet carriers are different for dogs, cats, and reptiles. Always check with your vet, who will provide proper guidance, including a health check to ensure your pet is fit to travel.

Out-of-state and overseas trips require you to follow the requirements and carry proper paperwork, such as his health papers validated by the pet’s vet. If the travel is by air, there are specific airline rules that you have to follow. These days the rules are stringent, and you may expect your pet to travel in a particular pet carrier in a pressurized cabin.

Taking a pet on a long airline flight is a bit more involved today than it used to be. With safety regulations and long waits on the tarmac, owners must consider the risks associated with airline travel.

Pets, like some humans, find flying on a plane a nervous and strenuous experience. They become timid and fearful and may feel out of sorts. Needless to say, they may be disoriented for some time after the trip, exercise utmost patience and understanding in dealing with such a situation. Sedating the pet is not an option; it will take lots of persuasion, and communicating in your pet’s language may ally his fears.

My pets used to stay at pet boarding if we left on an extended trip. Pet boarding costs are worth your while as your pet will enjoy a new environment and meet other canine pals. Sometimes, friends and acquaintances can accept boarding your pet while you are gone. You need to weigh your alternatives and ensure your pet is at ease in a strange setting.

Recap – Traveling with Pets

It is an exercise you must complete and have a checklist that will ensure that you and your pet have a memorable and safe trip, irrespective of the time and length of the journey you may undertake.

Our article on “traveling with pets” has now come to end. If this article has helped you by providing some useful information, make sure to share it with those in your circle who are planning to travel with pets.

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Mani Sulur

Mani Sulur

I'm Mani Sulur from Toronto, Canada. I love to write and have written nine Kindle books on various topics. I write blogs in the pet and travel niches.