Traveling means a lot more than just booking your ticket and getting away for vacation while you are accompanied by your pet. When you are taking your furry friend for a trip, you need to take care of many details that may make you overwhelmed. But that doesn’t mean you should leave your canine baby at home. Planning in advance can make your moving easier.
Unlike you, your pet also has to be prepared before going on a trip. Here are some tips about how to prepare your pet for an ideal transport. These tips will also help you to keep your pet comfortable and calm, no matter how distant and what mode of transport you have chosen.
Let’s have a look on the suggestions:
- Arrange a comfortable special travel crate for your pet that must have an adequate ventilation system and spacious living place to stand up and turn around inside it. The bottom of the crate should be waterproof and easily removable. It must have a spring lock and should meet other IATA requirements.
- Make your pet accustomed to it’s new crate by letting him stay in the crate as much as possible. Keep some used clothes of yours inside the crate that contain your scent, so that the pet can feel you around it. Leave the crate’s door open in the training session and encourage your pet to play and have a nap in it.
- Take your pet for short trips before heading to the long one. It will make the pet familiar with the traveling process. Once it gets comfortable with riding vehicles, increase the distance of the destination gradually to train it better.
- Get a schedule to see your vet for your pet’s health check up. Ask if any kind of titer test or other tests should be done before traveling. Update the prescriptions as well as make all the vaccination done and gather vaccination records. Also, ensure all the medical records’ authenticity by making them signed by an accredited veterinarian. Ask your vet how to deal with stress diarrhea and motion sickness of your pet. If possible, request him to refer to a vet clinic in your new place or state.
- Don’t change your pet’s daily routine suddenly. Because any kind of disruption can make the animal stressed. Start changing things to it slowly with lots of patience like start packing a week in advance, keep the package in front of your pet eyes, so that it gets understanding about something new is going to happen. Try not to change your pet’s food and litter habits as much as possible.
- Don’t overfeed your pet just before boarding. Make the feeding process done at least 3 to 4 hours before departure. Don’t let it drink too much water, instead of liquid give it wet foods that will make the animal feel better and also satisfy it’s tummy cravings.
- Not giving too much water doesn’t mean to dehydrate your pet. Give some little sips from time to time. It is better to keep some ice cubes in the attached bowl of the crate if you don’t want to see your pet puddled in the water at the end of the trip.
- Attach a proper identification with your exact name, address, contact number and an emergency alternative number to your pet’s collar. This becomes even more important when you opt for a pet transfer service like citizenshipper where you choose a driver to transport your pet.
- Make your pet microchipped that contains 15 digits ISO code to ensure extra security. Take it to your vet for injecting the microchip and assure all the essential vaccinations have been done before microchip insertion.
- Don’t use tranquilizers on the pet while traveling at high altitude. Sedatives may be fatal for your pet in case it’s not healthy enough or having any other medication allergies.
- Ask your vet to suggest if any kind of pheromones can be allowed to your pet. Some people have a misconception that pheromones are sedatives whereas it is a chemical used hormones that keeps your calm and settled during long distance moving. Moreover, you can use Zylkene nutraceuticals protein supplements which will ease your pet’s discomfort while traveling.
- Take your pet for a walk after all the security checking done in the airport. If there is enough place to go for a quick walk before boarding. It will make your pet a bit tired and it may fall asleep during the journey which is good for both of you.
- Don’t forget to take your pet’s travel bag that must include foods, bottled water, grooming supplies, first aid kit etc.