Including a pet in your travel plans can be fun, but quite a challenge. Aside from deciding what to pack, you also need to consider the hotel’s pet policy, organise travel insurance and complete other formalities required for a pet to accompany you on your travels.
Here are some tips to make travelling with pets safe and enjoyable.
- Start With Short Trips
A pet that’s accustomed to travelling will be a lot more comfortable and is easy to manage. Even if your planned trip is a few months away, start by taking your pet on short drives and shopping trips.
Not only will this help your pet get accustomed to travelling and reduce anxiety, but also help you understand what makes your pet comfortable when travelling. For instance, some pets dislike having the windows of a car down, while others try to stick their heads out because they enjoy the breeze. Most responsible pet owners make a point of familiarising themselves with laws that apply to pet travel, like restraints or leaving pets in cars unattended.
- Keep Your Pet Comfortable
Keeping your pet comfortable plays an important role in beating travel anxiety in pets and it’s a good idea to invest in a quality travel crate if your pet is accompanying you on long trips.
A travel crate will keep your pet safe, secure and cosy instead of sliding around in the seat of your vehicle if they are untethered.
Limit the toys in the crate to just a few, so your pet has enough room to move, instead of feeling cramped. You can carry a few extra toys, to substitute the ones in the crate whenever you stop for a break to keep your pet entertained throughout the journey.
- Lighten up on Meals
Travel anxiety in pets can lead to stress, a common symptom of which is diarrhoea. It’s the last thing you want to deal with, especially on a long car ride. Aside from travel stress, motion sickness can also cause an upset stomach quite quickly, leaving you to clean up the mess.
If your pet is prone to travel anxiety, a light diet before travelling will minimise the chance of an upset stomach. While this does not mean you should starve your pet, simply skip one meal they would normally have been fed, before starting out on the journey. Sometimes when travelling long distances it is a good idea to bring their regular food as a change in food on a road trip can cause all sorts of issues for pets with a sensitive stomach.
- Prevent Dehydration
Ensure you pack extra water when travelling with pets, as they can get quickly dehydrated. If you’re driving, offer your pet a drink.
You can also serve wet food instead of dry snacks during the trip as the water content will keep your pet hydrated.
- Tag Your Pet
When travelling to unfamiliar locations, the last thing you want to encounter is losing your pet. Before embarking on your journey, ensure your pet is microchipped and has a collar that is perfectly sized and secure with their name and your up-to-date mobile numbers so you can be eaily contacted.
Make sure the contact information is up to date on their tags, so it’s easier for your pet to be returned to you if someone finds them after they’ve wandered off and become lost.
- Travel Anxiety Formulations
To make the most of a journey with your pet, consider administering a natural formulation to reduce travel anxiety such as HomeoPet Travel Anxiety.
Travel Anxiety is used worldwide for short trips to the park, Vet or groomers…any smaller trip that is needed as well as long term journeys via plane or car.
Formulated by Vets to combat travel anxiety, the ingredients include relaxants and stomach calmatives to help your pet overcome anxiety as well as symptoms of motion sickness.
HomeoPet Travel Anxiety is non-sedating and is not a tranquiliser so your pet can be quite normal when they arrive at their destination. It is also not habit-forming and can be administered every time you travel with your pet.
The liquid formulation is to be administered an hour before travel directly into the side of the mouth for rapid absorption, with repeat doses administered approximately every 4 hours depending on the length of the journey.