The holiday season are one of the peak seasons for travel, and it’s an ideal time to take your pet alongside you. If you are off on a ski vacation, visiting family or perhaps enjoying the magical feeling of a Swiss village at Christmas time, having your best friend along will make the trip more enjoyable.
Make sure you consider pet identification before you leave. Pet ID tags along with your CELL PHONE number are great since there may not be anyone in the home to answer the phone. You should consider the added safety of a dog microchip. If your pet is separated from you, a pound or perhaps a veterinarian can see the chip, and they will then track you down through the database of the company who manufactured the microchip. If you are likely to be spending a few weeks in one single place, consider buying a second Pet ID tag with the contact information on where you is going to be staying.
Pet crates are a great way to help keep your pet safe when traveling in the car. Unless a dog is confined or harnessed, its behavior can cause great distraction to the driver of the vehicle. As much as most of us like our smaller pet in our lap, it’s detrimental to the safety of your pet, the driver, and the passengers riding in the car. A collision, even at a slow speed, can seriously injure an unrestrained pet transport. The safety of your pet can be your responsibility. Be sure and buckle them in (just as you do for yourself) or confine them in a crate.
If it is very warm or cold, do not leave your pet in the automobile alone. Prepare yourself by having a way to obtain water, food and water/food bowls in the car. You might not get the brand of pet food they are used to where you are going.
If your pet is larger than about 15 pounds, and you’re traveling by air, you then will be needing a dog crate that’s compliant with the International Airline Transport Association (IATA) regulations. If you is going to be remaining in a hotel, then your pet crate is the correct destination for a leave your pet as you venture out to dinner. Be sure that your pet crate is large enough so that your pet can remain true and turn around. Make sure you leave an adequate way to obtain food and water to last for the time scale you will be away. It can also be advisable to position an absorbent pet pad in underneath of the crate which will keep your pet dry in case of accidents.
Purchase your crate well prior to your trip so your pet can get accustomed to it before you travel. Pet crates come in two pieces, a premier and a bottom. For some days leave the top off the crate and put treats and a favorite toy in just underneath portion. After seeing that the pet is comfortable, assemble the crate and leave the doorway open. Invite them in with praise and treats.
Flying along with your pet is easy these days. Nearly all airlines accept pets on board the aircraft. Very small pets can often travel in the cabin of the aircraft with you in an airline compliant pet carrier. Larger pets will travel as checked baggage in a unique part of the cargo hold where the temperature and pressure is the same as in the cabin. Make sure you alert the captain of the aircraft that you’ve a dog in cargo as he will require extra care to help keep the temperature and pressure at the correct levels. You will be needing a health certificate stating that the pet is healthy enough to fly. Make sure you make reservations early since the airlines only allow a limited amount of pets per flight. Steer clear of medical tranquilizers for your pet and instead provide them with an all natural product that makes them less anxious like a product called Happy Traveler.
You will be needing lodging on the way. A good majority of pet friendly hotels, motels and bed & breakfasts that accept pets but they cannot always accept all types and sizes. It is very important to make your reservations beforehand and enquire about their pet policy. Under no circumstances should you leave your pet in the automobile overnight.
When traveling, keep your pet on the normal schedule by feeding them and taking them due to their “walk” as near to the regular time as possible. Make sure you pack a supply of plastic bags to take along on those walks. If you are traveling with a pet, there are portable kitty litter trays available. Realize that the pet is out of the normal surroundings, so make sure and keep them on a lead and watch them closely. Reassure them as long as they show signs of nervousness or anxiety.
Be considerate of other people. Although there are many pet lovers these days, there are a few that not feel comfortable around pets. Respect others by restraining your pet when necessary.
So whether your destination is Grandma’s house, a mountain cabin or perhaps a ski resort in Switzerland your pet can accompany you with the correct planning. International destinations require special veterinary certificates, however when traveling to the majority of countries, you will see no quarantine of your pet.