The holiday travel season is fast approaching. Many of you will be looking down at your furry, puppy eyed creature and wondering how you could possibly leave them behind.
To many of you, your pets are like your children. It is therefore important to consider their needs first. How would your pet feel travelling, would Fuzzy enjoy it, or would it make him more stressed?
It’s tempting to want to bring your pet with you on your travels. However, some animals are just not well suited for it. They may have a physical impairment, they might not have the temperament for travels, or they might have an illness. For these cases, leaving your pet in her familiar surroundings and environment with a pet sitter, might just be the better option.
On the other hand, if your pet is able to travel, the following are some considerations that will open up possibilities to a happy and safe holiday break for both you and your pet:
- Make sure you familiarise yourself with any pet restrictions at the place of accommodation that you are considering;
- When travelling with your pet, make sure you have all of her health and vaccination certificates with you, close at hand;
- Buckle up your pet. Nowadays there are specific harnesses that are made just for pets that can very easily attach to the car seat belt. Just as it is important for you to buckle up, it is important for your pet to buckle up as well, just in case there is an accident;
- In the car, be prepared to stop every now and then in order for your pet to stretch, take a break, drink some water and go to the toilet
- Flying with your pet needs to be very carefully considered. Having your pet travel by air in the cargo hold of a plane can be very stressful for your furry one
- Contact the place of accommodation before getting there as not all hotels accommodate pets
- When travelling out of town, always make sure that your pet is micro-chipped. This is important in the event that you and your pet become separated on your travels.