During this time of year traveling seems to be on everyone’s to do list. However, the question arises as to what to do with your pet while you are out exploring the world. In many cases traveling with your pet can be a fun and exciting thing. If you plan to hit the road or hop in a plane with your pet here are a few tips to make traveling easy and enjoyable for both you and your four-legged family members.
Check Your Airline
If you are planning to fly with your pet you must first check with your airline to find out their rules regarding pet travel. You don’t want to be surprised at the airport so making sure you know what paperwork to have available as well as what red tape you will need to go through ahead of time is important. Some airlines allow small animals to travel in the cabin with their owners. Ask your airline if this is an option. You want to also check to see if there are any special pet health and immunization requirements or if there is a specific type of carrier that is required for transport.
Planning ahead before you start your vacation is key, especially when your pet is involved. Vacation is all about relaxing and by figuring out activities to do with your pet beforehand can make your trip go much smoother. Also, do your research about where you are staying. There are many pet-friendly hotels around, make sure the hotel you book is one of them. In addition, you may want to also look at recommendations for a good vet at your destination. You never know when an emergency will happen, so why not prepare now for where you would go if one occurs.
Give Plenty of Rest Stops
If your vacation requires a long road trip with your pet, make sure to allot time for plenty of rest stops along the way. Not only will this give you a chance to stretch your legs, but it will give your pets a chance to unwind, use the restroom and get out of the car. Remember that it is very important to never let your pet out of the car without proper identification, a collar and a leash. This is a new environment for your pet and they may be scared at first and run to hide.
Visit Your Vet
Before any major trip, take a visit to your vet and make sure your pet is up-to-date on all of his or her vaccines, especially rabies. Talk to your vet about your travel plans and discuss ways to ensure your pet stays safe while away from home.
Don’t Leave Pets Alone in Car
Whether it is just a quick stop or not, a few minutes alone in a hot car can become a life and death situation for a pet. Make sure to never keep your pet alone in the car. If you see a pet in a hot car, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Do you have a question for Brian? E-mail him at AskBrian@hsdayton.org. Brian Weltge is the President and CEO of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. The Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to building loving relationships between people and pets. Founded 112 years ago, it is the largest and most established “no-kill” animal welfare agency in the area. It focuses on pet adoptions, eliminating pet overpopulation, providing education and ensuring the humane treatment of animals. For more information about the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, call 937- 268-PETS (7387) or visit www.hsdayton.org.