Traveling With Your Pets: Tips and Tricks


Traveling with pets can be a lot of fun when you know the right tips and tricks! In this article, we will discuss some ways to make your trip more comfortable for both you and your pet. For example, did you know that certain types of food are better for traveling? If not, read on to find out more information about how to plan a safe and successful trip.

Tips and Tricks for Traveling With Your Pets: 

Never leave your pet in a hot car. Even with the windows open, the temperature inside of a parked vehicle can rise very quickly during the summer months to dangerous levels. If you are traveling by another method such as an airplane or train, do not place them in cargo holds because there is no air circulation. Instead, get a carrier for them and place it under the seat in front of you.

If your pet has anxiety or is fearful of loud noises such as fireworks or thunderstorms, talk to your vet about medications that might help with the issue. Even if they are generally calm animals, medication may be able to keep their anxiety in check during a stressful event.

If your pet gets carsick, place them in a well-ventilated area such as the backseat of your car or give them something to keep their mind off of the issue. Placing an empty bowl within reach can help remind them to eat and drink water when they are feeling sick which will make them feel better.

If you are traveling by plane, make sure that your pet has all of the required paperwork in order before boarding. This usually means having a health certificate which states that they are safe for travel along with their vaccination records and proof of identification such as tags or microchip information.

Try not to feed them within two hours of travel because they may get carsick. If you are taking an overnight trip, make sure that their water bowl is full and try to buy them some new toys or treats for the ride.

Avoid using a muzzle on your dog unless it is absolutely necessary in order to keep them safe while traveling. It will only further upset them which may cause an issue.

Make sure that you have a carrier for your pet and remember to use the proper size depending on their breed and weight. It should be large enough so that they can stand up, turn around, and lie down comfortably inside of it. Placing some additional padding such as towels or blankets at the bottom will make them more comfortable.

If you leave your dog at home during a trip, make sure that they have plenty of water and food available plus the ability to go outside for bathroom breaks as needed. If it will be too hot or cold out, try using an air conditioning unit or heater instead so that their environment is within safe limits.

Here is some additional information that might be of any use if you are planning on traveling with your pet:

  • The best thing about traveling with your pet is the company. Having a furry friend by your side during times of stress and excitement can be very comforting.
  • Obviously, you cannot take every animal to every place in the world, but there are actually quite a few countries that welcome pets along for their travels! You just have to do some research and plan ahead.
  • The countries that allow pets vary depending on which type of pet you have, how old it is, and its breed. For example, the UK only allows dogs to come into their country but they can be any size! However, your dog must get vaccinated for rabies before entering the UK.
  • If you are taking your cat on a trip, France is the only country that allows them in. However, if they have not been spayed or neutered before entering France, then there is an additional fee. Also for cats traveling to other EU countries, it must be vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days prior to travel and have a veterinary certificate.
  • For more information about the different countries, you can travel to with your pet, search various websites as they are very helpful! They also have all of the rules and regulations that are necessary for traveling abroad with your animal companion.
  • If you are traveling to a country that does not allow pets, there is still hope. There are animal relief areas in most airports and even outside of some cities where your best friend can use the bathroom! You just have to do some research beforehand so you know how they work.

If you love animals and love to travel, then you should definitely think about taking your pet with you. It may be a little more complicated than just packing up and going but it is well worth the extra effort!

Just remember that though some countries allow pets, they do not always allow them in hotels or restaurants so make sure to plan ahead for this too.