Traveling with pets always makes way for relentless trepidation until the journey is over. Several unfortunate events in the past have triggered such fears to be pervasive in the community of pet-lovers. One of the most controversial flights with a pet on board was the one in which a dog was forced to spend the time in an overhead bin; it led to the death of the innocent being. Several such cases have been reported in the past, aggravating the state of the issue. Multiple programs were launched as a result of such events, and it has now provided a safer journey for the pets. However, not many of the owners know how to handle their pets during the flight. Here are a few tips on traveling safely with your pets.
- Before you head for the airport or the train station, make sure if your pet is in a condition for the trip. Unwell pets can have a bad time while traveling; so, you need to conduct a check-up for their health conditions to ensure that it is safe to travel with them.
- When you are booking a room at a hotel, you need to check for the pet facilities there. Make advanced bookings if you are traveling in the peak season. Book for flights only after the hotel rooms have been confirmed.
- One of the most important measures you need to take in order to keep your pet safe is giving them an ID. Tag them with their name and your contact number to make it easier for strangers to return the pet if he/she is lost in the crowd.
- Carriers for pets are common these days, but if you want it to be all safe, make sure that the railway or airline authorities have approved the carrier.
- Carry all forms of medical essentials like medicine or ointment to use in case of any accidents. Information regarding the health of your pet must also be attached to the other documents you are carrying. Each country will have different rules for the flight of pets; so, all these documents may be required when you fly.
- Buy all the necessary gear before setting for the trip and keep your pet safe at all times. Stay on schedule when traveling by flight or trains, and try to avoid adventurous meals at the time of travel.
Traveling With Pets on Airplanes
- Try to travel with your pets when the weather is milder and use the right carriage for them depending on the weather and the type of journey you’re setting off on.
- Do not overfeed your pet when you are about to fly in a few hours.
- Advocate for your pet, if necessary.
- Make sure not to sedate your pet.
Traveling with Pets on Trains
- You must always allow your pets to travel only in the labelled carriers beneath the seats.
- Documents certifying good health of your pet needs to be signed by you.
- All pets traveling in these carriers have to be at least eight weeks old.
Traveling with Pets on Road
- Don’t forget to buckle him/her up while you are driving.
- Make sure not to leave your pet alone in the car.
Add pit stops to your itinerary to provide your pets with some time to stretch their bodies.