02 Apr Essential Strategies for Traveling with Your Pet
If you are planning on traveling with your pet, there are some specific strategies that you need to bear in mind. There are tips that you need to employ whether you are traveling by air or by car.
Car Travel with Your Pet
If you are planning a car trip, and your beloved pet will be going along, there are some strategies that you will want to employ. By following these tips, you will make automobile travel easier and safer, both for you and your pet.
Crates are important when traveling by car. Your cat should always be in a crate or carrier while traveling in a car. Dogs can be crated or they can be restrained in a special harness designed to attach to a seatbelt in your car.
You must never allow your pet to ride in the front passenger seat of your vehicle. Odds are that your vehicle will come with at least one airbag, if not more, on the passenger side. If an airbag deploys, it can prove very dangerous, and possibly even fatal, to you pet. In addition, dogs or cats in the front portion of a moving vehicle can prove very distracting.
When traveling by car, never take your pet out of the vehicle without a proper restraint. There are leashes designed for both dogs and cats.
You must always keep in mind that when traveling you will end up in destinations your pet knows nothing about. When you do stop, and want to give your pet a much-needed break from the car, bear in mind that your pet will be anxious when taken out of the vehicle in an unfamiliar place. Restraining your pet will prevent them from bolting and running off.
Although this is an often repeated warning, you must never leave your pet alone in a parked car. When left alone in a parked car, your pet is vulnerable to temperature extremes. In addition, your pet could be stolen if left along in your vehicle. In many ways, there are few things that could be worse on a trip than to have your beloved pet stolen.
When on the road in a motor vehicle with your pet, arrange for regular stops along the way. These stops are necessary to give your pet a chance to drink water, eat, and stretch his or her legs. (Your pet may not eat or drink when the vehicle is in motion for a variety of reasons.)
Air Travel with Your Pet
If you have a smaller pet, the rules of a particular airline may permit you to carry your furry loved one onboard. You will need to have an appropriate carrier. Check with the airline in advance of your flight to confirm you can carry your pet onboard and what is required in the way of a carrier.
If your pet must travel in the cargo or luggage area of the plane, there are some specific steps you must take. First, you should schedule a direct flight. The last thing you want to have happen is to have your pet not properly transferred from one flight to another. If you’ve traveled even a moderate amount, you very well may have experienced the frustrations associated with luggage not being transferred from one flight to another. You certainly do not want your pet misrouted or lost mid-trip.
Second, You must never travel on a different flight from your pet. This can happen in a number of different ways, including an overbooked flight. You need to insist that your pet is removed from the flight your are booted from.
Third, pay close attention to air temperatures if your pet must be stowed in the cargo area. Don’t travel with your pet in the cargo area if temperatures are over 85 or under 45 degrees Fahrenheit.
Fourth, request that you be able to watch your pet being loaded and unloaded from the plain. When making this request, be polite but firm. This is not an unreasonable request.
Keep in mind that last minute travel by airplane may not always be possible when you travel with a pet. You need to make sure you verify the ability to travel with your airline.
When you are flying with a pet in the cargo hold, notify the captain and at least one of the flight attendants. They need to have this information if there are any alterations in the flight schedule or some other issue that warrants this knowledge.
Finally, if the airplane is left taxing for a prolonged period of time, ask the flight crew to check the temperature in the cargo hold. Temperatures can become too hot or too cold when a plane is left to taxi for a prolonged period of time.
Jessica Kane is a writer for Handicapped Pets, your most trusted source for dog wheelchairs and harnesses.