Leaving your furry or feathered or reptilian friends behind might deter you from taking a vacation, but that doesn’t have to be the case. If you want to bring Fido along for the journey, here are some helpful tips to give him (and subsequently yourself) the smoothest travel:
Know Your Pet: Before you start making travel plans make sure that your pet is comfortable with travel. Many dog trainers suggest acclimating them to their carrier gradually so it won’t come as a shock when they’re inside for long stretches of time. It’s also a good idea to wear your pet out with vigorous exercise before the trip so they stay asleep as long as possible. Sometimes due to age or just temperament your pet shouldn’t be making a trip. In that case, look into trusted pet-sitters, professional kennels, and reliable family members to keep your best friend safe until you return home. It could be like their own personal vacation.
Visit the Vet: If you’re planning to cross state lines, a health certificate signed by your veterinarian is required. Your pet must also be up to date on all shots and vaccinations. The vet can also tell you the right feeding schedule for your trip (it’s usually recommended that pets travel on empty stomachs) or any medications that might be needed. If your pet doesn’t already have one, a microchip is be a good failsafe in case the worst happens and they head out on a solo adventure. Also make sure to carry your vet’s contact information with you so being in touch won’t be a problem if there’s a mishap.
Plan Ahead: Most airlines require plenty of advanced notice if you’re flying with a pet, and some require special documentation to boot. Be sure to consult the guidelines for your chosen airline in preparation for your departure. Also pay close attention to differing requirements for international travel, and if possible, avoid booking a flight with connections. If you’re especially worried consider looking into a pets-only airline like Pet Airways.
If traveling by car, plan plenty of rest stops into your travel time, and even do a few trial runs of varying lengths to see what issues could arise. Bring plenty of water to keep your pet hydrated, and never ever leave them alone inside of the vehicle.
Make sure any lodgings needed are pet friendly in advance, so you’re not worried about sneaking Fluffy past the check-in desk. When you’re searching for hotels on HotelCoupons.com, click “Amenities” on the left side of the search results page and select “Pets Welcome” to help find the best place for everyone to stay.