How to travel with our pet

Traveling With Your Dog

If you are planning a trip, have you considered if your dog will make you travel? You know like traveling with your dog. Traveling with your dog can be a lot of fun if you plan everything right. However, poor planning can really ruin the holiday for everyone. If you think it would be best for your dog to stay, then you should look for someone to take care of your pet or a kennel that will take care of your dog during the vacation time. If you have decided that your furry companion should be part of the trip, let’s start planning it.

Traveling With Your Dog

Start by keeping a valid identification collar with your dog at all times. A microchip can also be beneficial for your safety. Before traveling, your dog should receive a basic training so that he had a good behavior during the trip. Then plan the means of transportation, accommodation and daily activities.

Air travel for dogs is not always a good idea. Although we do not consider dogs as cargo, usually for the airlines they are considered as such. Traveling in a cargo hold is not a pleasant experience, even for relaxed dogs. This is not to say that flying is not an option, but that is not ideal. Owners of small dogs are in luck as some airlines allow you to travel with small pets, placed right in front of you. Before booking a flight it is advisable to know all the conditions of the airline.

Entrepreneur’s animal lovers have developed airlines for pets that can be very suitable and affordable. Some of these airlines allow animals to travel in the cabin instead of in the cellar. An example of this is Pet Airways, the problem that these flights are only allowed in a certain number of cities.

The car is usually the best way to travel with dogs. If you own a vehicle, it is likely that your dog would have already set up for some excursion, going to the vet or some park. If not, now is the time to start. Some dogs are anxious when they get into cars. It is possible that your dog just gets into the car to go to the vet so as the vet does not like this it causes him anxiety. It is good to take him to the car to take him to a park for a walk.

Try to make frequent short car trips that end up in a park, in a dog shop to buy a toy or another nice place. If your dog does not fit the car, then a road trip is not a good choice. If you decide to take a long trip by car, ask your veterinarian for possible medications to reduce anxiety and make the trip a little easier for everyone. Remember that medications should be used sparingly.

Make a plan to make the stops when you travel with your dog, every 3-5 hours allow your dog to relieve himself, drink water and stretch his legs. Make a list of several veterinary hospitals that are easily accessible along the route, preferably one hour away from the point where you are. Make sure they are open during your trip.

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My name is Dr. Winnie. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Duke University, a Masters of Science in Biology from St Georges University, and graduated from the University of Pretoria Veterinary School in South Africa. I have been an animal lover and owners all my life having owned a Rottweiler named Duke, a Pekingese named Athena and now a Bull Mastiff named George, also known as big G! I'm also an amateur equestrian and love working with horses. I'm a full-time Veterinarian in South Africa specializing in internal medicine for large breed dogs. I enjoy spending time with my husband, 2 kids and Big G in my free time. Author and Contribturor at SeniorTailWaggers, A Love of Rottweilers, DogsCatsPets and TheDogsBone