Many people think of pets as part of the family. This is why pets are often taken along on vacations or other trips. Traveling can be a confusing and stressful time for your pet. Fortunately, there are a few ways to prepare yourself and your furry friend for pet travel.
Update Pet Tags and Collars
The first step is to update any pet identification tags and collars. Make certain the tags have your name and current contact information printed in a clear and legible way. Check the collar to make sure that it is not frayed or damaged. You do not want the collar to fall off while you are traveling.
Get Your Pet Familiar with the Carrier
The most important step is to get your pet familiar with the carrier that will be used while traveling. Place the carrier in a common area. Put toys and other favorite items inside. You want your pet to feel comfortable sitting in the carrier. Make the inside smell familiar by putting toys or blankets on the bottom. Play with your pet while in the open carrier at home. This will make traveling much less stressful for your pet.
Practice Driving In the Car with Your Pet
You are likely going to have to drive part of the way or all of the way to your destination, even if flying. Start acclimating your pet to driving around in the car. You want your pet to be comfortable in the car and not over stimulated or nervous. Start with short trips and then extend the time as your pet becomes more comfortable.
Do Not Feed Your Pet before Leaving
A final step is to avoid feeding your pet before leaving. You want to stop feeding your pet around four to six hours before leaving on the trip. Do not withhold water, however. Additionally, do not make the mistake of placing food and water into the carrier. This will just complicate the trip.
We wish you a safe and happy trip and hope your pet travel goes well!
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