Top Tips For Travelling With Your Pets

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It is understandable if you don't see yourself taking a vacation without your pet. A recent study has shown that 53% of travellers take their pets along on vacations, a trend that has contributed to the growing popularity of pet-friendly accommodation. Planning a holiday trip can be stressful, but one that includes your family pet may bring a new set of challenges. With the summer vacation fast approaching and COVID-19 restrictions easing, you may want to take that much-needed family trip. If that is the case, here are some top tips to help you travel easier with your pet.

  1. Keep your pet restrained

If you wish to take a road trip, it isn't safe to have your pet moving around in the car while driving, as this can be pretty distracting. In the event of an accident, your airbag and seatbelt may protect you from injury, but what about your pet? It would be best if you kept your pet in the back seat and restrained with either a seatbelt or in a pet-friendly cage. Ensure your vehicle is big enough to provide enough space for it to stand, move, or lie down.

  1. Get the proper paperwork

You won't travel far with your pet without the appropriate paperwork. Many travel destinations may require a recent health certificate signed by a certified veterinarian. The vet will check your pet's health and check for recent vaccinations required by the country you visit. It is advisable to speak to an immigration lawyer to gain accurate information about laws regarding pets in your destination country. 

  1. Miss a meal on travel days

Irrespective of how you intend to accommodate your pet, anxiety is inevitable. Experts have found that stress diarrhoea is a common symptom of pet anxiety during travels, and that's the last thing you want to deal with in a plane or car. Your pet may not display any sign of stress, but motion sickness can quickly upset the pet's stomach. Feed the pet less than you usually do ahead of travel, preferably light meals at least three hours before setting off. If you have to feed your pet on the road, stop and do so. Avoid feeding in a moving vehicle.

  1. Organise your pet travel kit

When travelling with your pet, be sure to carry along its health records, including proof of any recent immunisation. You may also want to get some pet food, medications, water and bowls. You should add other pet cleanup supplies like scoop and waste bags. Some pet toys are also handy to keep your pet happy and occupied throughout the journey. A pet first aid is another must-have.

Your pet may well be a good member of the family. From protecting your home and family, and keeping your kids engaged and cheerful, it is just fair to take your family pet along on the adventure. While it may seem impossible, perhaps with the present border control measures, these tips should make travelling with your pets more manageable than you may imagine.

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