While planning for a trip as a pet owner, you’ve got to plan for both you and your pet. This is because handling pets while on transit differs completely from what is obtainable in your house. Having your pooch or feline buddy next to you in hotels, planes or buses require more than just their collars.
If you’re intending to travel with any of your companion animals, here are a few things to know before embarking on your trip:
- Check Out Location Circumscriptions
Before you set off on your journey, make a comprehensive research about your intended mood of transit, your planned accommodation and its environment. Some airlines would rather not allow some species and sizes of pets onboard for the safety of the pet and their passengers. Some other airlines would not have pets fly even in their cargo section due to the limited supply of oxygen in the section.
On the other hand, some hotels and countries have very strict bans against certain breeds of dogs like the American Pit Bull Terrier, German shepherd, Bull Mastiff, Rottweiler, and Wolf hybrid. Ensure to gather sufficient information about your destination before making any plans to take your furry pal with you.
- Plan and Reserve Accommodation for Your Pet
It’s okay to make researches about animal policies guiding the country you’re traveling to, but an online enquiry isn’t sufficient. It is best to place a room reservation and make direct inquiry about the pet policies adopted in the hotel you intend to stay in. This is because the guidelines you may obtain from an online search may be altered before your arrival and I’m sure you wouldn’t want to travel a long distance with your pet only to place him in a pound on arrival to your destination.
- Make Extra Effort to Ensure the Safety of Your Pet
Make further enquiry about the airline you intend to fly with. Review their most recent pet policies. If possible, ask their clients about their experiences with the airline with respect to the welfare of pets. Also find out the condition under which your pet would be flying on the plane, or staying in the hotel of your choice.
- Take Necessary Equipment With You
After ensuring that your pet would be accepted in the place you’re traveling to, you should also ensure that your pet is safe and comfortable during the entire trip. Ensure to pack your furry friend’s bag along with yours. A few things your pet would likely need for a trip include:
- A foldable bed or sleeping mat
- Compact drinking bottle and bowl
- One or two toys
- A leash
- A familiar household item
- Waste pouches
- Go with Necessary Documents
Some countries may require that you present documents that prove the health – including an evidence of vaccination, identity and license status of your pet before they are given entrance. To avoid having your pet sent to a pound in a country that is likely foreign to him, these documents should be arranged in a file or passport before you begin your trip.
The documents you intend to present must be approved by a licensed vet within a specific time period. Else, your dog might be detained for some time in countries and states like the UK and Hawaii before it is allowed to continue the trip with you.
- Ensure Your Pet Has a Valid Means of Identification
It is very easy to lose your pets during a flight and also in an environment still new to them. You need to reduce the risk of losing them by wearing them an ID or a microchip before they run along with other pets in the environment.
Just in case you are yet to have a microchip ID for your pet, the process isn’t complicated at all. It simply involves an insertion of a microchip just underneath your pet’s skin. Contrary to what is obtainable with collars and tags, the microchip – which cannot come off easily – helps you trace and find your pet whenever it leaves your side.
In a nutshell, if you do not wish to be separated from your animal companion at any point during your trip, first discover how the condition in your destination may affect your pet, and then take all what is necessary for the safety and comfort of your pet.