Having a pet makes us create a strong bond with them until we feel that they are our family members! So when having a trip, you feel that they should come along. But traveling with pets is not easy since there are certain policies and regulations that govern their transportation especially when using public transport.
Before you travel with your pet, ensure that you take them to the veterinarian to check on their health and ensure they are given the required vaccination like the anti-rabies.
The vet can also recommend some sedatives if it’s necessary and they should give certification showing that the pet has been vaccinated and they are healthy. If you wish to take your pet with you on that trip, here are some of the things you should consider.
The Climate of the destination
You should do a thorough research on the climatic condition of where you are going. This will help you to carry accessories for your pet that are relevant to the climate. It is good to be taking them around while they are puppies so that they can get used to traveling.
Traveling by Air?
If you are traveling by air, then you should check with the destination authorities to know if animal importation is allowed because some countries don’t allow. You should also check with the airline regulations and ensure that you meet them. Most airlines will require documentation showing the pet's vaccinations. They also require the pet to be micro-chipped and tagged with the owner’s Name and contact. The airlines also restrict the number of pets that are allowed into the cabin. So you need to book as early as 24- hours before you travel and the maximum weight of the pet should not exceed 8kgs.
You also need to have a carrier or crate which you will place your pet. The carrier should be well ventilated and spacious enough to allow the pet to turn around, lie back or stand comfortably. Ensure the crate or carrier has a tag showing that it’s carrying a live animal with your contacts in it and should be closed well but not locked.
If your pet is not allowed in the cabin, then it can travel in a cargo as a baggage. If this happens, remember to tape some dried food in the crate so that the pet can be fed during a layover. You can also freeze some water before traveling so that the pet can be licking it on the way when it feels thirsty. It is good to book a direct flight to avoid layovers which might lead to your pet being mishandled by the baggage.
Traveling on road or train?
If using public transport like the train or bus, then you should consider getting information about how they handle animals. Some trains and buses may not allow you to travel with your pet but most of them don’t have a problem with pet transportation.
If you are using your own car then hooray! There are no strict rules as long as the pet is in a safe condition. Ensure that the temperature in the car is favorable for the pet. Do not open windows wide open because they can jump off and the excess wind of a moving car is not healthy for them. You can put the pet in the carrier and place it in the back seat. Remember never leave the pet alone in the car on a hot day as this can be hazardous!Remember to carry some food and water for your pet so that you can feed it when you stop over. It’s good to stop over after some long distance to allow your pet to relieve itself. Although it’s not wise to feed the pet before traveling, you can feed it 6 hours before traveling. If you are going far, then you need to research on what pet food is available there so that you can slowly introduce your pet to it before traveling.
Arrival at the Destination
On arrival check, if the pet is okay. If not, contact a veterinarian immediately. You also need to inquire with the hotel you have booked if they allow pets. Lucky enough most hotels are pet-friendly. But it’s good to know early enough to avoid getting stranded after a tiresome journey. You can also put up a tent and sleep in there with your pet. But you will need to train it with a tent at home before traveling so that it doesn’t mess up your tent.
Whatever method you choose to travel in, remember the safety of the pet come first. So enjoy that vacation with your travel buddy!