Taking Care of Your Pet’s Health & Needs While Travelling

Do you have a trip on your bucket list and are determined to take your cat or dog?  Having your pet along on a family vacation is certainly a realistic option given proper planning. Running on the beach with your dog or curling up at night with your cat can add to the quality of your vacation. Follow these suggestions from travel experts and veterinarians to ensure including your pet is a positive experience for all.

The first step is to determine your means of transportation. Many airlines will place restrictions on the maximum duration of flights for pets. There are also restrictions on the size of pets brought into the cabin and the type of pet carriers approved for use in the cargo hold by airlines. Check out the deals offered by Groupon coupons and the huge selection of pet carriers available through PetCo. One of the ways to prepare your pet for extended periods of time in a pet carrier is to wear an old t-shirt for a day and place it in the carrier. Your pet will then have the comfort of your scent throughout the flight. Check with your veterinarian on any special precautions or medications that should be considered when flying with pets.

petWhen making your hotel reservations, be sure to inquire about pet policies and rooms available that permit pets. This absolutely must be confirmed in advance. Never bring a pet into a hotel room without prior permission and reservation confirmation from the hotel establishment. If you are renting a private home for your accommodation, be sure to inquire about pet policies Some private home owners will not allow pets, while some will require pet deposits. Confirm whether this deposit is refundable or nonrefundable. Make these arrangements in advance. It is recommended to crate dogs overnight if staying in a private home. The dogs are unfamiliar with the home and will be better served in a crate for the night.  They will also enjoy a familiar place to escape. Check http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318935.php with the municipality website to learn of any restrictions placed on pets on beaches. Some will only allow pets in the off hours.

Best of luck to you and your extra special cargo on your next vacation. With a bit of advanced planning, your trip is sure to be a hit for both you and your pet.