So you’re going on vacation and you want to take your best bud – Fido – along with you. Traveling with a pet can be very scary for pet owners. Not only do they worry about how their pet will act, but they also worry about the safety of their pet. If you are looking for tips on flying with your pets than you have come to the right place. Throughout this article we will discuss everything you need to know about traveling with your pet so that both you and your pet can arrive at your destination happily and safely!
When traveling with your pet there are several steps that you can take beforehand to assure that nothing will go wrong with your pet on the way to your destination. Obviously, if you are bringing an animal along with you, you will want to ensure that they are placed in a secure kennel. For your pets comfort, make sure the kennel gives them ample room to move around so that they are not confined to lay in one spot for hours on end. It is also a good idea to line the bottom of the kennel with a thick padding so that your pet is not laying on a hard surface the whole flight. Also, bring along some chew toys or bones so that your pet has some way of entertaining themselves if they cannot sleep aboard the flight.
If you are bringing a dog along with you, it may be a good idea to place a muzzle on them before sending them on their own. Even if you own the friendliest dog known to man, this is a good idea because, when it comes to pets, even the friendliest can become defensive if placed in an uncomfortable situation. A muzzle also comes in handy to keep your dog’s barking to a minimum.
In traveling situations, it is not uncommon for dogs to experience separation anxiety from their owners. There are several steps you can take to help your dog stay calm during flight. The first, and most important, thing to remember when traveling with your dog is that dogs can sense your emotions. If you are upset about leaving your dog, your dog will also be upset that you are leaving them. When you depart from your pet make sure you remain calm so that your pet knows everything is alright. Also, to keep your pet happy during flight, make sure that they are well fed and well exercised. If you can, allow your pet to run and play as much as you possibly can before you must send them off. A well exercised dog is more likely to be tired and to sleep during the flight.
On top of ensuring that your pet is happy, you will want to take extra precautions to ensure that your pet reaches the same destination as you. As you may know, it is not unheard of for airlines to loose luggage. Taking extra precautions with your pet is always a good idea as, unlike luggage, they are irreplaceable! When the plane ticket is attached to your dogs kennel, double check that it is firmly attached and clearly labelled with the right destination. Make sure that there is no way the label could be read incorrectly.
Many people nowadays are bringing their pets along with them when they travel. If you want to bring your pet along with you, ensure that they have a comfortable kennel, are well fed and exercised before the flight, and that all labels are clear and firmly attached to the dog kennel. If you take all precautions, you and your dog will be reunited safely and happily at your destination!