to travel with your pet
There are so many
things to keep in mind when you travel with a pet. Here is
how to safely travel with your pet to ensure you both get
to your destination safely and with the least amount of trouble.
Ensure your pet is wearing an identification collar. Make
sure it has a cell number as well as area code. If someone
finds your pet while you are traveling throughout the US,
but the number on the identification is your home number in
Iowa, you will waste needless hours or even days playing catch
up between numbers.
A microchip is a surefire way to get your pet back if it ends
up at a shelter or a vet's office. And best of all, you can
keep it updated with your current information.
Does your pet have a favorite blanket or stuffed animal. Bringing
favorite items that are comforting to your pet will go a long
way to ease the stress on your pet during traveling.
Make sure your pet has access to water. In the car, purchase
a travel water bowl. If going by air, you might want to pack
ice that can slowly melt, meaning your pet will have water,
even if the carrier is tipped and the water gets spilled.
First aid kit
If your pet gets stung or a cut, you want to be able to treat
it without having to try and find a vet while on the road.
If it is a long journey by car, take a few shorter car rides
to make sure your pet doesn't get car sick. Then you will
have time to try and figure out remedies (sometimes as simple
as ensuring a dog gets fresh air) before you are stuck on
a 3 day car ride with a car sick dog.
Allow your pet plenty of bathroom breaks and chance to exercise
a bit at stops. Some pets get anxious if they are confined
to a small area for extended periods of time.