Summer is an especially busy time for travel, and if you’ve kept an eye on recent pet trends you know that more and more people are choosing to bring their pets along for the ride. If you’re planning to travel with pets this summer – either for a family vacation or a permanent relocation – here are a few tips to make the trip a success with your furry friend.
1. If you’re flying, choose a pet-friendly airline
This is one of the most important pieces to putting together a safe experience for travel with pets, as some airlines are more attentive to pets’ needs than others. Look for a carrier with specific pet policies, such as transporting pets in a temperature controlled vehicle and having knowledgeable employees on hand. Airlines such as United, KLM, and Lufthansa are top choices for savvy pet travelers, as a little research reveals that they have been dedicating themselves to successful pet transportation for years.
2. Consider scheduling a vet visit before you travel with pets
If crossing any borders or traveling by air, you’ll need to have proof of updated vaccines and a vet health certificate stating your pet is fit to fly. If you have an older pet, one with a history of health issues, or a snub-nosed breed, it’s a good idea for your vet to do a health screening to identify any potential risk factors.
3. Make sure ID tags are up-to-date and secured to your pet’s collar, and consider a microchip
Of course no one plans to deal with a runaway pet, but it’s smart to be prepared for whatever your summer adventures may bring. In the event of a separation, it will be much easier to find a pet clearly equipped with your contact information. And make sure the contact information is up-to-date and the best way to reach you while you are on your adventures.
4. Plan ahead
It’s easy to forget things when packing for a vacation, but take a moment to remember everything your pet might need for the trip. Bedding, a favorite toy or two, plenty of food, a water dish for the car, medications, and a first aid kit are all good to have around. If you’re planning to stop over at a hotel or friend’s house, check ahead of time to make sure your pet will be welcome there, too.
5. Stick to a schedule
It’s tough to do, but the more you’re able to feed and exercise pets on a regular schedule, the less stressed they will be. Long walks, playtime, and plenty of attention will help minimize nervousness and boredom (remember, a tired pet is a more well-behaved one). These activities will be good for you, too!