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Pet Travel Tips for a Safe and Stress Free Trip

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Some pets love to travel, and some hate it. Traveling with pets can be very stressful for animals, and for you as a caring owner as well. I want to share with you some pet travel tips for a safe and stress free trip.

There are several ways your pet can travel, as most forms of transportation accept them. Educating yourself about all your options is important when making a choice how your pet will travel, as it can save you a lot of grief.


What Form of Travel Is Best for Your Pet?



If you have traveled with your pet before, you may know how he handles trips. Does your pet generally look forward to going someplace new, or is he scared and apprehensive of out-of-the-ordinary situations? Perhaps your pet loves car journeys but had a bad experience in an airplane that terrified him. If at all possible, choose a form that will not upset him.


Where Exactly Will Your Pet Travel?



If you are not traveling in your own vehicle, but by train or airplane, get specific information. Your pet may be traveling on the same flight as you, but where will he actually be? Will your pet be put with all the luggage, or does the airline have a proper, comfortable place that they use regularly for pets?

We have traveled with our cats as carry-on bags on Southwest airlines. We did have to pay a $100 pet fee and each had to have their own carrier that was specific dimensions. There is only one pet permitted per adult ticket.

If you have a larger dog they have to go in the cargo area which they do have regulations in the Summer when temperatures over high. Also be aware of things such as train baggage cars that may be heated but not air-conditioned, as this will affect the time of year you are able to travel with your pet on this type of transportation.


How Will the Pet Be Handled before and after the Trip?



Ask how your pet will be handled before and after the flight. Has the staff been properly trained in all pet travel related procedures? Is the safety and comfort of your pet top priority for the company you are traveling with?





What Measures Exist to Ensure Your Pet’s Safety?



Although there may be procedures and rules in place in regards to animal safety when accompanying a passenger, unfortunately, these are not always followed. If the particular company truly cares about the safety and well-being of every pet in their care, they will take measures to ensure that procedures are followed.

Are there security cameras in all areas your pet will enter, in order to prove that animals are being treated kindly and not abused? Are the staff observed when loading pets onto the airplane or train in order to confirm that your loved pet is not being thrown around like a suitcase?


Good Reviews and Recommendations, or Bad?



Look for online reviews on each potential method of transportation and each different company. Are they mostly positive or negative? Be aware that some online travel sites may be edited by companies, but you can often find out whether the one you are traveling with is known for protecting animals in their care or not. Educate yourself so that you can assess all your pet’s travel-related risks.


How Can You Comfort Your Pet as Much as Possible during Travel?



There are ways you can help comfort your pet while traveling. Send his favorite toy or stuffed animal to give him some familiarity. Wear a t-shirt the night before traveling and then put it into his travel carrier in order to help comfort him for the stretch of time that you are not around.

Make sure he is well fed and has plenty of water. Take him to use the bathroom before turning him over. Beware of trying to sedate your pet before a trip not knowing how they will react to the medication or what conditions they will be subjected to.

There are many considerations when planning a trip with your pet. Research, weigh your pros and cons and make the best pet travel decisions possible for your beloved family member. I hope these tips have given you some clarity around traveling with your pet. Don’t forget to post a picture of your fur baby below. Have a great rest of your day.

The rest of this week I will be sharing different travel tips with you to help you get prepared for a great Summer vacation this year. I will update the list below to give you the link to each one in the series:

6 Summer Vacation Hotspots in the U.S.

Budget Travel 5 Ways to Save Money on Summer Vacation

7 Safe Travel Tips for Summer Vacation

Pet Travel Tips for a Safe & Stress-Free Trip

Traveling With Children How to Keep the Kids Busy on a Trip


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