Lately, more and more pet owners are traveling with their pets. In fact, the pet travel industry is now worth billions of dollars, even though we haven’t worked out all of the kinks.
Trying to decide whether or not to travel with a pet is a difficult decision. No matter what you decide, you still need to make arrangements for your pet.
Fortunately, there are some ways that you can make things easier on yourself the next time you need to travel.
Let’s take a look at five pet travel tips for both the owners who are bringing their pets along for the ride and owners who are traveling solo.
Consider Calming Medications
Whether you’re driving or flying, your pet may not enjoy being cooped up for hours on end. If you know that your pet has anxiety about being in their crate, talk to your vet about calming medications. Some pet owners find success in giving their pets small doses of CBD, melatonin, or other naturally calming remedies.
Make Sure Vet Records Are All Up to Date
Depending on where you’re traveling, you may need to be able to prove that your pet is vaccinated and not carrying anything contagious. This is especially important for international travel. Call your vet and make sure that all of your vet records are up to date and that you have a certified copy.
Make Sure Every Stop Accommodates Pets
The last thing you want is to get to your hotel only to be told that pets aren’t allowed. While more and more hotels, motels, and Air BnBs are going pet-friendly, it’s not impossible to encounter the no-pets rule.
While you’re double-checking that your furry friend is welcome, enquire about any other related rules. Some hotels do not want noisy pets to be left alone in a hotel room and will charge you a fine if they get any noise complaints.
Find a Sitter or Kennel
Have you decided that it’s better to travel solo this time? It’s time to start looking for a sitter or kennel.
Both come with pros and cons. Your pet may not like the disruption to their routine and solitude that comes with staying in a kennel. However, sitters may check in a few times a day but they often don’t stick around all day long, leaving some pets lonely.
Assess the Feeding Schedule
What happens if you have a cat that can handle a few days without human contact? If that’s the case, it’s time to assess the feeding schedule.
If your cat is used to a timed feeding schedule, you may need to get an electric feeder. However, if your cat is capable of grazing without gorging, you can purchase a gravity pet feeder to keep them full for several days.
Make Pet Travel Smooth and Easy
Having a pet can complicate travel, but it doesn’t have to. Follow our five pet travel tips to have a smooth, enjoyable trip.
Looking for more tips and tricks to give your pet the best care? Take a look at the rest of our content and find out everything you need to know about creating the perfect life for your furry friends!