Bring Your Pet!
It's not only popular nowadays but also really fun to bring your pet on vacation. We treat our pets to be a part of the family, and whatever is the occasion, we let them join in the fun. Even on a road trip, camping, hiking, or going to the beach, we always see to it that our adorable pets must be there.
But, before bringing your pet on vacation, you need to make sure of its safety and comfortability. Take note of these tips below for that purpose.
Consult the Vet
One important tip that you must not ignore is the health of your pet. If you want to take your dog or cat somewhere far from its ordinary environment, make sure that your pet is healthy for travel.
Go to a veterinarian before the scheduled travel to ensure that your pet is healthy. It's also essential to share information about your destination. The vet should conduct a checkup on your pet and advise you whether it's alright to travel to the place where you're going.
The vet should also see to it that your pet has enough protection against parasites, heartworm, fleas, and ticks.
Update Your Pet's ID
In unfortunate cases when your pet gets lost in an unfamiliar place, you'll have a better chance of finding it or getting it brought back to you if your pet has an ID tag around its collar. Make sure that the ID tag is updated with your contact number, permanent address, and place of destination.
An electronic identification or microchip is also popular nowadays to make it easier to locate the pet's owner if ever the pet gets lost and found. Update your current contact details with the help of your microchip company.
Get Your Pet into a Well Ventilated Carrier
It's essential to get your pet in a comfortable, well-ventilated carrier whether you're traveling by car, train, or plane. The carrier should have enough space to allow your pet to move freely without hurting itself. Ensure that the bottom is padded with a blanket to make it more comfortable.
If your pet isn't used to getting inside a carrier, you should make it feel comfortable inside the carrier several days or weeks before your scheduled vacation.
Find a Pet-Friendly Vacation Rental
Book a pet-friendly vacation rental before you go. Use websites with pet-friendly filters to make it easier for you to find a pet-friendly vacation rental. Some property owners are welcoming to most pet sizes and breeds, while others have limitations. So, make sure to talk with the owner regarding such matters before booking a vacation property to stay in.
Bring the Essentials
Here's a list of things to bring on your vacation with your pet.
- First aid kit
- Bottled water
- Pet food
- Food and water bowls
- Collar and leash
- Waste bags
- Life vests for pets
- Regular medications
- Grooming supplies
- Tick, flea, and heartworm preventives
- Veterinary contact details
- Proof of vaccination
Consider a Staycation
Vacation in a faraway place can be tiresome and stressful for some pets, especially old pets. If you think that your pet can't deal with all the stress of traveling or being away from its familiar environment, you can consider a pet staycation.
There are now pet hotels and other boarding facilities in most cities that allow luxurious accommodation for pets. Instead of having your vacation in a faraway place, why not pamper your pet with a fun and relaxing staycation?
When going on a vacation with your pet, you should see to it that your pet is safe and comfortable. Consult the vet and update your pet's ID before your scheduled vacation. It's also important to get a well-ventilated carrier and bring your pet's necessities with you.