There can be several reasons one may need to travel with pets. You may be permanently shifting to someplace else in the country. You may be moving to another country altogether. You can also happen to be going on a vacation and want your pet to come along. Either way, there are some tips and precautions out there that will benefit anyone travelling with their pet(s).
First of all, it is imperative that your pet has proper identification. You must tag it with a Microchip in case it gets lost which is entirely possible when commuting. So many people are unable to locate their pets after losing them due to a lack of id tags or microchips.
Secondly, you should have the pets vaccinated. You should also carry with you the vaccination & medical records for emergencies. If your pet is travelling in a carrier, label it clearly with all information you think is important for your pet’s identification. Also, keep a photo of your pet and the carrier so strangers can identify it in case it is lost and you are looking for it.
When you are travelling by car, the following few tips are extremely useful in ensuring your pet a safe and enjoyable journey.
- Your pet should be properly restrained in a car or a bus in a way that is safe, painless and comforting for your pet. The lack of such accommodation can be dangerous for everyone.
- Keep track of the temperature inside the vehicle. Make adjustments to ensure the pet doesn’t get uncomfortable for prolonged stretches of time.
- Never leave your pet unsupervised in a car, even for a short time. It can prove to be extremely dangerous due to heat, break ins or even if the pet somehow escapes if it isn’t properly restrained.
- If you are not too comfortable travelling with pets on your own then you can hire a professional Pet Taxi Service to help you out with the journey.
- Since most airlines have limited number of spots for pets, you should reserve seats in advance if you intend to travel by air with your pet.
- Stay up to date and schedule your plans according to the pet air travel policies of the airline as well as the government’s regulatory authority.
- Make sure your pet’s carrier is comfortable and remains so throughout the duration of the travel. Fill its tray with ice so that it provides enough water to your pet for the journey. Remove the leash to avoid entanglement and potential suffocation.
- Properly groom your pet before travel so the long hair or nails don’t end up hurting it in the confined space of a carrier.
- Book short flights to reduce the distressing air travel experience. Most pets are quite uncomfortable throughout flights.
- Keep with you the most recent health certificate for your pet, preferably have it issued within ten days of the flight. It should be with you the whole time so that there is no chance of any problem occurring in this respect.
If you follow these guidelines while travelling with your pets, we can ensure that your journey will prove to be safe and relaxed.
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