Any pet parent knows that you’ll do anything to keep their furry friend safe. When it comes to traveling with pets, there are many uncertainties, and these things not only make you nervous, but can make your pet nervous as well.
Whether you’re flying or going on a road trip, there are different things you can do to keep your pet happy, calm, and most of all, safe. Take a look:
Keep them calm.
Whether you’re traveling by car or by plane, you’re going to want to keep your pup calm. Dogs get nervous when flying in cargo, so it’s important you consider this if your plan is for them to travel with you that way. Something else to consider is that even if they have permission to fly in the cabin, you’ll still want them to be calm. Something to consider for calming your pup is that CBD can help your pets. It works well for those who have separation anxiety and can also help them not get sick on the flight or in the car.
Consider their breed when flying
Something that some dog parents don’t know is that various airlines may not let your dog fly in cargo, but then they may be heavy to fly in the cabin. Breeds with short noses may not be able to survive a flight because of breathing issues, so it’s important to do your research about your dog’s weight and breed, as well as airline restrictions before booking flight. If in doubt, consider road tripping to your destination with them instead as you check off destinations on your bucket list, or consider booking a dog-sitter for your vacation.
If driving, keep them restrained
It’s cute to see our pups hanging out the window, watching and smelling things that go by, but it’s not cute when they’re in your lap or unrestrained. There are various options for keeping your pet safe as you travel. As a dog parent who had to slam on my brakes due to careless driving from someone else, I was so grateful I had my dog restrained with a harness hook. It simply loops around the seat belt and hooks on their harness, so they don’t go flying. Thanks to this helpful invention, we both made it safely to our Airbnb.
Bring plenty of clean water and food with you
Just as you bring all the snacks and water for your trip, it’s important to also bring snacks and water for the pup as well. Keep in mind that you’ll want to make both stops for them to do their business, as well as for them to eat their food. Dogs will typically feel sick if they try to eat food in a moving car.
Consider microchipping your pup
Hopefully, you’ll never need it, but if you’re traveling to a destination far from home, it could be wise to microchip your pup before leaving. Dogs can get nervous about new destinations and may attempt to run off. Making sure that you can find them through their chip can help put your mind at ease. Not only is it a good idea for your trip with them, but it could also be beneficial for your life at home.
While there are many ways to travel with a pup, sometimes it may be wise to book a sitter for them. If they must go with you, the safest way to travel could be by car, especially dependent on breed and size. At the end of the day, you want to be sure they stay safe, no matter what, and if that means staying home, it could be wise. If you do bring them with you, consider these tips for a happier and easier trip with your pooch.
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