To all of you dog lovers and more specifically those who are so attached to their pets that they can’t stand the thought of leaving their dogs at home or to someone and travel, prefer to share the fun and memories with their pets. You couldn’t have been more right. Nevertheless, you should know that traveling with your dog is not easy for a tax, but a rocket science neither. That’s why it’s our pleasure to give you some simple but yet very effective tips that should make the experience even more enjoyable.
Dog travel tips:
It is imperative to book your flight as early as possible due that most airlines only allow one or two dogs on each flight, so you must double-check if there’s a seat for your dog before you buy the ticket.
You better go with a non-stop flight when you travel with your dog. And to spare your pet from difficult hot or cold temperatures. It’s preferable to fly in the evening of summer or the morning of winter. Because you might be comfortable in your seat. But things are a little different in the cargo hold.
Visit the veterinarian:
As the day of departure is closing up, an appointment with your pet’s veterinarian in order to check things up and make sure all vaccination are up to date is required, without forgetting a health certificate from the veterinarian. And if you’re traveling very far from home, additional planning and health care requirements are obligatory.
Buy a carrier:
Whatever the size of your dog is, don’t worry. There’s a pet carrier to match. Also, size is not the only thing that makes carriers different from each other.
In fact, there are two kinds of carriers, hand sided and soft-sided. The soft-sided ones are the best choice for carrying on and have the capacity of fitting under the seat and are only permitted in the cabin only.
However, we recommend you to check the size restrictions of the airline in our airline pet policies section.
Moreover, if the cargo hold is where your pet will be traveling, then we suggest you buy a hand plastic carrier with holes in it for ventilation purposes and that carrier must be large enough to allow your dog to stand, turn around and lie down comfortably.
And if the carrier doesn’t allow him to do so. The transport will be ejected by the airline you’re using.
Can I see some ID, ma’am? :
Now that you’re recovered the carrier’s thing, all that is left for you to do is writing your dog’s name on it without forgetting to include identification tags with your address and phone number, adding the address and phone number of someone who can be reached at your destination is not a bad idea either. And if you were unlucky enough to lose him, having a photograph or a sort of it like a microchip or tattoo will make the employer or the authorities job much easier to retrieve your lost dog or just use this
product it helps a lot.
Take a test drive:
In the weeks’ priors to your trip, have your dog adapt to his new carrier by putting him in the carrier as much as possible for trips around town. That way he will travel under less pressure when he’s accustomed to his carrier.
Eat, drink, Poop, then play:
Nobody is comfortable with a full stomach, especially during a trip. Well, the same goes for dogs. That’s why we recommend feeding him four hours before the flight.
However, you should still keep giving him water right up to the time of travel. You should also add some empty dishes in the carrier so an airline employee can give your pet some food and water in case of a delay before or after your trip. Last but not least, exercise your dog to use the facilities before heading to the airport.
When traveling with your dog, most airlines recommend arriving two hours before the flight. So arrive early at the airport and have a pat’s health certificate with you to check-in at the counter.
Don’t take a valium:
if you’re nervous about the idea of flying, then taking valium before the flight is understandable and recommended for you. But not necessarily for your dog.
According to the American veterinary medical association, in most cases, pets are not to be giving tranquilizers before flying for the simple reason that it can create respiratory and cardiovascular problems, especially when the dog is confronted with increased altitude pressures.
With that being said, the decision on whether or not to prescribe a tranquilizer for your pet should be made by your dog’s veterinarian. And if he or she finds it necessary for your dog to take tranquilizers for the trip, add the name of the tranquilizer and the dosage on your dog’s carrier.
now that you have reached your destination, before you check-in at the hotel, take a long walk with your dog. Trust me it will do him good as he will feel more comfortable as he adapts to his new surroundings.
By the time you check into the hotel, your pet will already feel “home sweet home” and be ready for whatever adventures you threw at him during your holidays.