Traveling with pets can be an ordeal. It’s hard to figure out how to transport them, whether by car or plane, can be mentally fatiguing and scary to the animal, and can leave an owner feeling guilty. So before scheduling a flight or mapping a course, make sure you are your pet are ready for the trip.
While driving is generally much easier than flying with a pet, it can still lead to a number of problems. First, be sure you have an appropriate transportation device for the pet. This can be a crate, car seat, seat belt, or any other approved restraint. This will help to ensure the animal is safe in the event of an accident, but can also help keep your pet at east during the ride.
Next, plan a course and include rest breaks that are pet friendly. If you have to stop overnight, for example, be sure to book a hotel ahead of time that allows pets. The drive will be trying enough, you don’t want to find yourself in a state you don’t know trying to find accommodations.
Keep your pet hydrated and, if needed, medicated. Be sure you pet won’t get carsick, otherwise look into healthy medical treatments. Also keep the pet drinking fresh water.
And finally, don’t leave your pet in the car alone. A few minutes to you can feel like an eternity to the animal. Your pet is likely to already have anxiety, and adding loneliness is not a …