Pet owners, we all hate leaving our furry friends behind. It’s heartbreaking to send them off to doggy camp and it can be difficult to find a trusty neighbor or friend who will take care of them as much as you do while you are gone. Luckily there are several hotels and more pet cafes to accommodate your furry friend and flying with your pet can be done without too much of a hassle. To make sure your pet has a smooth journey just like us and to calm their nerves, there are several things you can do as a responsible pet owner to get them used to being in a car or on a plane.
Tips For Traveling With Your Pet
1. Introduce them to a crate or kennel early on
If your pet has never been in a crate or kennel before, you need to crate train them to an extent so that they will feel comfortable being in one for a few hours. Some dogs can get fairly nervous about being in a crate so teaching them that it is a safe place will ease their nerves while they are on the flight. If you don’t know how, you can ask your veterinarian for recommendations for dog behaviorists or dog training classes to get you started.
2. Reassure and soothe your pet before the flight
Let your furry friend know that everything is going to be OK. Animals are fairly intuitive and can sense fear, excitement and other emotions. If you keep yourself calm right before the moment of separation and reassure them, then they won’t leave mirroring your anxiety or nervousness. Set an example for your pet since they most likely look to you as the leader to let them know that it’s going to be OK.
3. Take your pet for test drives
See how your pet does on long drives first before your trip. This will let them get used to being in a car for awhile and being on the road. Start with short trips and then increase the time so that they will get used to the movements, the new scenery and instead of being scared or frightened of the new surroundings, they’ll be more at ease and well behaved if they know what to expect.
4. Talk to your airline
Make sure you get all the necessary paperwork done in the correct amount of time if you are traveling overseas. Pets require vaccinations and certified check ups and paperwork from a veterinarian before you can take your pet with you to a new country. See what the airline’s policy is for small pets as some will let you take the animal into the cabin as long as it is within the size restrictions. Find out what steps you will need to take once you get to the airport so you aren’t stressing out about where to leave your pet, where to check in or how to get through security. If you know what to expect and stay calm, so will your pet.
5. Bring appropriate care items for your pet
If you know your pet gets nervous or finicky in the crate or during long traveling days, you should talk to your veterinarian about options to keep your pet calm. They might offer a slight sedative to keep the animal calm if they deem it necessary. Remember to bring snacks with you and water so that once you get off the flight or stop during the drive, you’ll refresh your pet and keep them happy. A hungry, thirsty or pet that’s been holding in their pee for a long period of time is more prone to being hard to manage and accidents.