Maybe you have been considering flying with that furry companion. You may have several other plans to take care of, but your pet demands attention too. Making the right moves prior to and while traveling with a pet is necessary. Ensure you do the following so that the two of you can have a beautiful journey together.
Prepare the Pet Before the Journey
The best approach to ensure your pet remains relaxed during the ride or flight is rehearsing what they will do. For instance, if they will be using a crate, bring it a week before and let the pet get used to staying in there and the pet will feel more relaxed during the flight. Take the pet for some quick rides around town and walk them in crowded places to help them familiarize with travel environments.
Visit the Vet
Traveling with a healthy pet should be a priority. Apart from knowing your pet’s health, some countries and airlines demand that you carry out some tests and vaccination six months before you travel. In addition to necessary certificates, ensure that your pets get flea and pest’s prevention, special medication and special food for pets under medication. Consult your doctor about possible sedation if your pet may have anxiety problems.
Feed the Pet Before Traveling
Your pet needs enough energy to last it during travel. This applies mostly to flights than road trips. Give the pet food but don’t let it feed until it’s full. This will make it have complications. A light dry meal plus some water will do. Much of the feeding should be done at the destination. It’s a wise idea to feed your pet the same type of food you give it at home.
Make the Kennel Comfortable
Preparing the necessary items they require is essential. Get the restraints ready, a clean pet blanket, protective vests, toys, water bowls, and other items which will make the trip worthwhile.
Don’t Sedate Your Pet
Unless your pet has anxiety issues, it is better not to sedate your pet. Instead, train your pet to be relaxed for the flight or the ride. This will help reduce the anxiety or stress that the journey brings. Sedatives may cause potential harm to some animals when they get to high altitudes. It is important to consult your Vet before administering sedatives to your pet.
Consider the Weather
The hot heat of summer and the bite of winter are not fit for your pet. It is impossible to control the temperature in the cargo area where pets rest in crates. This may affect the health and comfort of your pet. Therefore, plan your trips when temperatures are kind to the animal.
Stopping along the way during flights is stressful and risky for your pet’s immune system. If possible, travel with your pet during direct trips only. This ensures the pet will not be in public areas which have low air circulation and other risks like losing the pet.
Traveling with a pet requires patient and detailed preparation to help the animal travel comfortably. Whether it’s a road trip or flight, patiently prepare the pet for the events which arise from such trips and both of you will enjoy the journey.