Check out these 10 Tips for Better Pet Travel

  1. Identification Tags

 

Regardless of the means of travel, ensure that you outfit your pets with proper identification. This is very important since it will be the surest way that your pet will find its way back to you in case you are separated from it.

 

  1. Permanent Identification for Your Pet

 

Apart from I.D tags, your veterinarian may recommend fitting your pets with a microchip. Another option is to have your pet tattooed with the National Dog Registry. However, you need to ensure that you register the number or else you may not be able to find your pet.

 

  1. Train them while they are Still Young

 

You will get tips on how to adapt to your new addition to car travel in our article Training a Puppy for Car Travel.

It is important to train your puppy on how to remain calm and focused on your commands. The best place to do these training sessions is in the car. Have a reward system to encourage good behavior. If you have 2 dogs or more, train them separately.

 

  1. Secure Your Pet for Their Safety

 

If you think that training our pet on how to behave in a car makes it okay for them to roam freely in the vehicle, then you are very wrong. Just like people, pets also get injured when a car makes an unexpected sudden movement, for example when trying to avoid an accident.  It is good to crate your pet to prevent this from happening.

 

  1. Best Travel Crate for your Pet

 

Fabric carriers are good for transporting your cat or dog. However, a hard plastic carrier is usually more versatile. This is because of the fact that they are safer for different modes of travel such as when transporting your pet through air transport. There are also small pet purses, these are easy to carry and look great – check out these comfortable purses for small dogs under 10 pounds.

 

  1. Pets and Cars

 

Another reason why you should not let your pet roam around is that pets like dogs and cats are quick and agile.

If they feel like their safety is threatened they will use these behaviors to protect themselves. Therefore, whenever they feel that there is a sign of danger in a moving vehicle, they will become startled and panic and go into attack mode looking for the safest spot.

 

  1. Consider sedating your pet

 

At first, the idea of using medication to calm your frightened pet before transporting them may look like a bit too much. However, if your pet is extremely anxious when in an unfamiliar environment such as an older pet, a sedative will be needed to  help prevent from trauma and fear induced potty accident.

 

  1. First Aid Pet Kit

 

When preparing a pet travel kit which includes a copy of their current medical records, do not forget that you also need a first aid kit. You can get information on the nearest animal hospital from the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS).

Ensure that you pack a simple first aid kit with bandages, gauze, and hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting when necessary. Before treating a pet for possible toxin exposure, contact an animal healthcare professional.

 

  1. Pet Food and Water

 

Since unexpected turns and delays are usually part of traveling, it is a good idea to include extra pet food in your plans. A delay or getting lost for example can make your pet wait for food or water for an undetermined period. This is why you need to be prepared ahead of time.

 

  1. You need to be very vigilant

 

Even though you may think that you know your pet very well, you may never know how they usually react when they are startled either by a loud noise or stimuli they are not familiar with. For example, if your car roams around in the car, it may react by seeking safety under your legs while you are driving!

An irresistible temptation to chase down an enticing smell could force your uncrated dog to jump out of a half open window! This is why keeping your pet safe and secure at all times is very important for your safety and the safety of your pet.

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