Planning a holiday can be stressful, more so when you need to find someone you trust to look after your pet. In some cases, you’ve already gone above and beyond and found accommodation that is pet friendly. While this will make the holiday a lot easier, there’s still the issue of getting there.
When it comes to travelling, the journey itself can be difficult. Throw the kids and pets in the mix and you’re almost guaranteed to have chaos on four wheels.
To help you reach your destination with the least craziness possible, we have some tips for travelling with your four-legged children.
Keep them comfortable
When it comes to travelling with your pet, you may be tempted to give them a ton of space to keep them comfortable – don’t. Rather keep them confined to their own space that’s more secure and safer for travel. A durable crate that has been secured is the best option.
Keep the toys to a minimum
With your pet already in a confined space, you don’t want to take up the little space that they have with excessive toys. Less is more and you want them to be comfortable throughout the journey. Rather give them one toy that can keep them occupied, perhaps a puzzle toy that will keep them focused on releasing the treat.
Make sure that you have the correct documents
When travelling with your pet, you may be required to produce an up-to-date health certificate. It’s also a good idea to visit your vet before the trip to make sure everything will go according to plan. If you’re travelling by car, the documents may not be necessary but if you’re travelling by air, you’ll need to ensure that you have all of the documents needed for your pet to board the flight.
Make sure that they’ll be able to find their way home
Should the worst happen, and your pet gets lost while you’re on holiday, you need to ensure that whoever finds them can return them. Microchipping your pet or giving them an ID tag will help to make this process easier.
Even the most relaxed pets will experience some sort of anxiety while travelling, often resulting in vomiting or stress diarrhoea. This isn’t ideal when you’ve got a long road ahead of you. So, to reduce the risk of your pet’s food reappearing when you least expect it, rather skip the meal before travelling – your car will thank you. This doesn’t mean that their water should be restricted. It’s important to keep them hydrated while travelling.
Don’t leave them alone
Under no circumstances should you leave your pet alone in a locked car – especially in summer. The situation can easily become fatal. If you need to stop somewhere, make sure there’s someone able to wait in the car with your pet or stop at a pet-friendly rest stop.
Always Assess The Viability Of Travelling With Your Pet
When it comes to travelling with your pet, make sure that the option is suitable for all involved. Travelling is stressful for all involved, so makes sure that your route has sufficient stops and that your final destination is pet friendly. If you cannot ensure this, rather leave your pet at home.