Safety and comfortability should be top on your travel list whether you are moving interstate, taking a short trip, or want to bring your favorite four-legged companion on cheap holidays abroad. Follow our tips for a safe and low-stress trip:
Travel by car with a pet
Travel for a pet can be stressful but when you put certain measures in place, it becomes enjoyable for your pet.
Put Dog in a crate
Dogs are way safer in a crate that has been anchored to the vehicle using a seat belt or other secure means. This will prevent them from roaming around and causing distraction or incidents.
Cats belong in carriers
Like my cats, many other cats do not like traveling. So, it is best to put them in a carrier BUT it’s important to restrain these carriers in the car so that they don’t bounce around, hurt, or kill your cat.
Travel by train with a pet
Before you pick this method as a means of transport for your pet, know one thing – it’s your responsibility to feed and exercise your pets at station stops.
Generally, train travel is cheaper than most. Even better, you can bring your pet along travels.
Amtrak now allows some pets on select trains and service animals are allowed on all lines. The HSUS supports the Pets on Trains Act (H.R. 674) before Congress that will allow Amtrak to permit passengers to bring their beloved pets on certain trains. Some smaller U.S. railroad companies may permit animals on board. Many trains in European countries allow pets.
Travel by airplane with a pet
Warning: Air travel can be risky for pets.
For all Pets
Air travel is dangerous for animals with “pushed in” faces (the medical term is “brachycephalic”), like pugs, bulldogs, and Persian cats. Their short nasal passages leave them vulnerable to heat stroke and oxygen deprivation.
If you fly with your pet, Please choose the cabin when possible
Ask if they can travel the cabin with you. Most airlines will allow you to take a small dog or cat in the cabin for an extra fee. But you must call the airline in advance; there are limits to the number of animals allowed in the cabin.
Travel by ship with a pet
Feel free to travel by ship with your pet this holiday season. In fact, think of the crazy things you two can do together. I bet you’re smiling already, right?
Generally speaking, with the exception of assistance dogs, pets are allowed to stay onboard a small number of cruise lines- and most times it’s often on ocean crossings only. Some lines allow pets in private cabins, but a lot of them confine pets to kennels. Reach out to them in advance via their website, email, phone, live chat or contact form to learn more about their policies and which of its ships have kennel facilities.
Ecopetlife advises taking some wet wipes to clean the container (and your dog or puss) at their destination. After they are out and about, keep them hydrated, give them a little light exercise, and treat them to a good meal.