Whatever you're flying across the country for a vacation with your dog on an airplane or simply riding the bus to bring it to the vet, the experience always poses some challenges. Aside from making sure that they eat or do their business at the right times and place during the trip, you should also consider their safety and well-being.
Here are some easy yet effective pet-friendly travel tips to follow:
For car rides
When it comes to traveling with your pet in your car, it is best that it remains still rather than free and roaming inside the vehicle for safety purposes. There are plenty of pet-friendly safety travel gear available in the market such as seatbelt harnesses, carriers and crates. According to experts, it is important that your dog has had the opportunity to stretch his legs and had his daily dose of exercise before being placed in a crate, especially for long drives. This way, he will be more inclined to rest, stay still and have as he has already burned off his excess energy. Be sure to also make the crate as comfortable as possible for your fur baby – bring a nice, cozy blanket, some toys and plenty of treats.
For airplane rides
The Humane Society highly recommends to only travel with your pets by plane when absolutely necessary. If you must travel with your dog by plane, it is crucial to call your airline company ahead of time to know what their restrictions are when it comes to flying a pet. Some has restrictions about size as well as the number of pets. Some also require that a pet has certain immunizations, so be sure that your fur baby is up to date with his shots and have the proper documentation to bring with you at the airport.
For bus and train rides
Similar with airplanes, bus and train companies have different protocols when it comes to transporting pets. Those that allow animals on board usually require pets to be transported using a carrier. To be sure, do some research ahead to find the best pet-friendly transport options in your local neighborhood.
One more important thing when traveling with your dog is to be responsible for their mess – always have a poop bag and disinfectant spray hand or make them wear diapers. The last thing you want is to have people complain about your dog's mess while on a bus, plane or train ride!