Traveling with your pet can be a very fulfilling experience!
These furry companions can make traveling easier, especially if you’re traveling alone. Not to mention, many of us just can’t live without our pet by our side!
Still, different barriers can prevent people from taking their pets onto a plane or other mode of mass transportation. Often, registering your pet as an emotional support animal will allow you to bring them along on any journey. This process can be tedious, and usually, a prescription letter is required to complete the registration. (But it’s more than worth it!)
Once you either have the proper paperwork for an emotional support animal or you choose a form of travel that will allow your pet to come along for the journey, there are a few further things you can do to improve the overall travel experience.
1. Condition your pet for travel ahead of time.
While traveling may be stressful for you, it can be an even more overwhelming experience for a pet. The best way to calm an animal’s anxiety is to acclimate your pet to the travel process slowly. This can be done by regularly moving your furry friend around in the crate or bag that it would travel in or simply doing small drives to get your pet comfortable with the process of moving.
Doing this will also act as a trial run, so you can get a better idea of how your pet will react to travel. Not all animals get anxious about traveling in cars or planes! Once you understand how your pet handles the situation, you can figure out the best overall plan to take your companion with you.
2. Keep your pet active during breaks.
Long car rides or a plane trip can take a good amount of time and can build your pet’s anxiety. The best way to battle this is to exercise your pet before the trip, as well as during any breaks you may have. As long as your animal is tired, they will have less energy to panic or cause problems as the trip continues. Being active and taking advantage of any space you can find during the trip is essential and will prove to be very helpful.
3. Make a visit to the Vet.
When it comes down to it, not all animals are fit to travel. A quick trip to the vet before planning travel, can provide you with some insight, or needed medicine, that will either help your furry friend take a nap or relax during the journey. When asking what the best way to approach the trip is, and if medication is necessary, be sure to include the length and type of journey, so your vet understands the best options for your pet.
Sedation is not always necessary, and there are also natural remedies available. There are many options for over the counter relaxation medications, essential oils, certain foods, etc. that can help your pet relax. So, for the best results and the safest options for your pet, consult a professional.
4. Use the Right Equipment
From crates to special outfits, there is a large array of different resources that can help prevent a disaster during a long trip. The key to this is to do extensive research and trial and error testing to find the kind of conditions and/or accessories that help keep your pet calm. When it comes to travel carriers, there are many features to consider, from how comfortable they are, to how easy they are to clean.
There are different types of leashes and harnesses that are made to hug different types of animals as well. Providing comfort and relaxation to a pet should be the highest priority as this will keep them calm and reduce the number of problems you may have during the trip.
Although you may feel you need your pet along with you as you travel the world, they also need some things from you. Keeping a keen eye on how they react to travel, as well as paying attention to their needs will help reduce your own stress. Simply being proactive and having some preparations done before you leave will help both you and your pet enjoy your trip to maximum capacity!