In recent times, it has become a popular practice for many to travel with their pets. This is often a necessity in case of nuclear families that have no one at home to take care of pets. Then there are pet owners who love their pets so much they are unable to live without them. And so keep them under the care of animal boarding center. Here are some useful tips to help you travel safely and comfortably with your pet.
Ensure that it goes through a health check-up
A health check-up is essential to make sure that your pet is in proper shape and health for the trip. Check whether the destination you intend to travel to is free of rabies and other animal diseases. When you follow proper safety precautions, such as vaccinating your pet for the same diseases, you can be assured that your travel with it will be risk-free.
Use Identification Tags
This is a no-brainer as pets are unable to identify themselves. Irrespective of what your preferred mode of travel is, it is important that you tag it with suitable identifiers prior to going out. This can help your pets to be returned to you, should you get separated from it. It can also prevent any confusion between you and some other owner having a similar looking pet. Other than using an identification tag, it is advised that you fit a microchip or some other permanent identifier – if possible. This can let you easily track your pet if it gets separated from you or wanders off from you.
Secure it to ensure its safety
It is not enough to assume that your pet will be safe if it is well-trained and properly tagged for identification. There are always risks of injuries or death. In case there is an accident or if the transport mode that you travel in moves suddenly. It is advisable that you keep your pet in a crate to keep it safe. Pick an appropriate travel crate. Carriers that are made of fabric are excellent options for transporting pets, such as puppies or cats. It is preferable that you take along plastic pet carriers, as these are versatile and offer greater safety for various kinds of travel.
Carry a First Aid Kit for your Pet
It is recommended that you carry along a first-aid kit including hydrogen peroxide, gauze, bandages and common medicines and syringes that might be needed. You never know when accidents or ailments can strike. You also need to follow the tips given by your pet’s vet before you treat it personally on the trip in case of a suspected toxin exposure.
Carry water and food for your pet
Delays in train arrival / departure etc are unexpected but common, and can make your pets restless. Thus, you should pack extra water and foods to keep your pet satiated if such things occur. This is one of the best ways to keep one of the basics covered, and ensure your peace as well.