Bringing your pet on vacation adds memories and alleviates concerns of not knowing what's happening with your dog while on the road. That being said, the open road was not necessarily made with your pet's comfort in mind. By planning ahead of time, you can make the most of your vacation and quality time with your dog or cat. Here are a few tips to keep the journey pleasant:
Especially if it's a dog, this can make anyone feel bad. But, be careful not to confuse your feelings with your dogs; they may just feel safer staying inside one.
It is better to crate your furry friend when riding in the car. It is decidedly safer - preventing your pet from becoming a projectile should you come to a sudden stop, or narrowly miss a turn. Speaking of projectiles, better to abstain from big meals during a road trip just in case your canine companion gets motion sickness. To keep your companion calm, schedule in frequent breaks for playtime and exercise. When you leave your car make sure to bring your pet with you, or leave the car with the AC on.
First, check with the airline for their rules regarding pet travel. Some require a health certificate and others may charge additional fees. Also, its good to crate your dog before entering the chaos of the airport as a consideration to both travelers and your pet. Additionally, pets should fast before they begin their travels, but have unfettered access to drinking water since they are stored (most likely) under the cabin.
With the growing pharmacy catering to pets, it's easy to think that popping a pill is the best solution. Not so, says leading pet experts. If your pet is traveling in the cabin with you, it's better to lead by example and administer comfort by your presence and demeanor.
Sometimes air travel can understandably freak out your pet. Make sure to bring along a comfort item, such as a favorite chew toy or ball of yarn for your cat. If all else fails, let them sit in your lap and rub them behind the ears with a calming essential oil.
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