Traveling with pets is a challenge because you need to take care of them and provide them with everything needed so they won’t get ill or be scared by the surroundings. The best thing you could do to help your pet easily accommodate to your lifestyle is train them early. Take them to a puppy school and encourage them to be dutiful. If your dog can understand basic commands, slowly increase the time spent traveling, and you’ll get them used to new environments. In the following paragraphs, you’ll find out how you can have a safe journey with your dog.
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Have a pet carrier
Whatever your way of traveling will be, you need a pet carrier. You have plenty of options on the market to find the best carrier accustomed to your travel plan. For example, if you’re going to have a quick trip somewhere close to your home, a backpack carrier should be enough to hold your dog.
But if you need to travel by plane, train or boat, first you need to check if you are allowed with pets inside, and what’s the weight limit, because most of the time you can travel only with small pets.
Get pet insurance
When traveling with your dog, you must know that they need an animal health certificate when entering other countries. This document will provide the microchipping date and your dog’s vaccination history. Also, the certificate needs to be signed by an official veterinarian.
Besides the official procedures, consider dog insurance. It’s an affordable and simple way to keep your pet costs down should a covered accident or illness occur. Don’t forget that dogs easily get fleas, ticks and other diseases, so take them to the vet to get checked before leaving the house.
Microchip your dog
A microchip is a small device injected under your dog’s skin. This technology provides a unique identification number for your pet that will make them easy to find if they get lost. If your dog disappears from home, someone else might find them, go to a veterinarian, and scan the microchip to find your contact information.
For that to be possible, you need to register your dog’s microchip in a national pet database. You’ll enter your name, phone number and any other relevant information. It’s the best way to be prepared for anything when traveling, and the implantation procedure is safe, fast and painless.
Pack a travel kit
Your dog’s travel kit should include the most necessary items for their well-being, such as food and water. But if you want to be prepared for anything, you should also pack:
- Dog poop bags
- An extra leash
- Their favorite toy
- A small sanitary kit to disinfect any possible wounds (especially if you’re camping somewhere)
Remember, you always need to keep your dog on a leash to prevent losing them or attacking other animals (or humans). Letting your dog explore the environment will make them happy, but you still need to be alert to avoid unwanted situations.
Published by Rohan Manda