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The last few months have brought me closer to my pussy, and she to me. And animal shelters, rescues and breeders have all reported an increase in interest in dog ownership as socially distanced Americans have turned to dog company.
We’ve probably spent more time at home with our pets than ever before, and as the vaccine rollout continues and global travel restrictions have started to ease (pending mutations like the variant Omicron, of course), many pet owners have a renewed interest in travel, and are looking to take four-legged friends with them.
To help you have the best trip possible, InsureMyTrip has shared tips for an enjoyable vacation with pets, whether it’s a dog or a cat. Keep them in mind when considering your pet’s comfort, as well as your desires.
Do your research
Check carefully when booking your accommodation, as many hotels charge an additional fee to accommodate your pet, so be sure to look for pet-friendly hotels that accept pets at no unexpected extra charges.
One option is a vacation rental. Popular sites like Airbnb or VRBO have search functions that filter for pet-friendly vacation homes.
There are also a number of apps that serve as a helpful guide when you are on the road with your pet. For example, All Trails can help you find dog friendly hikes, BringFido helps you find pet friendly hotels, attractions and restaurants, and Pet First Aid By American Red Cross (online training for cats and dogs) also helps you locate the nearest emergency animal. hospital.
Before you go on a trip, make sure you’ve packed all the essentials for your furry friend. A sturdy leash, harness, garbage bags, ID tags, treats, and pet food are some important items to include on your packing list. However, most of these items may be available at your destination if you forget them.
Copies of your pet’s medical records and travel documents can help prove ownership, health, and vaccination history if needed or if the authorities ask to see them. All medication should be clearly labeled and packaged in a safe place.
Another precaution to ensure their security is to register a microchip.
And consider contacting your veterinarian for advice and medication to keep your pet calm.
Read the airline’s pet policy carefully before booking your reservation. Some U.S. airlines, such as United Airlines and American Airlines, have temporarily suspended or limited their pet transportation policies due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Policies and prices vary from airline to airline and can sometimes depend on the country you are traveling to (domestic or international) as well as the size and breed of your pet.
Consider contacting airlines directly to confirm their policies at the airport and on the plane to limit travel day problems at the airport. Some airlines accept more pets than others, so it’s important to plan ahead.
Car and RV
If you are traveling by car, your safety and that of your pet is a top priority. Use a seat belt or special harness to make sure they cannot move around in the vehicle and distract the driver.
A pet carrier is also a good option. Make sure they know it before you need to be placed inside and that it is the right size for them as they should be able to stand up and lie down comfortably. These options will help protect your pet not only from being able to distract the handler, but also in the event of a sudden stop.
Bring toys and familiar items that they enjoy that can be kept with them in a baby carrier.
Just like humans, our pets need frequent stops for water, toilet breaks, and stretching their paws. Prepare accordingly and incorporate these stops into your travel itinerary.
Consider another human travel partner to help share the responsibilities of driving and caring for the animals.
Once all the essentials are packed and health and safety checks are done, it’s worth packing some of your pet’s favorite items. Bring a pet bag with their favorite food, treats, toys, and a blanket.
Once you’re ready to go, leave him a favorite toy to keep him occupied for as long as possible, especially if he’s a nervous animal. This is the time for medication, if suggested.
So let’s go, discover the world!