Traveling With Your Pet
Pets are like family and when you travel, you would like to take them with you right? Well, in many cases you can. There are however some safety concerns to be aware of for both you and your four-legged friend. Wherever you end up going with your pet, getting to and from your destination safely is a concern.
If staying in a hotel is on your list of things to do while traveling, be sure to do some research as to what hotels are pet friendly along your route. There may be some restrictions as to the type of pet and how large of a pet you can take along with you. There may be some associated fees as well. The more knowledge you have, the better you will be in selecting where to go and where to stop along the way.
Not that you want anything to happened to your pet while traveling but, it is a good idea to gain some knowledge as to where the closest veterinarian hospital would be to your hotel or final destination. Should something occur, you don’t want to waste time trying to find out. I suggest you have the names and locations of at least three within your visiting area. Keep these numbers close with your other important papers so that they can easily be found in an emergency.
If you’re traveling outside the continental United States, an up to date Rabies vaccination is a must. Not only to allow your pet to leave the states but, also to return. Check with the airline you plan on using to see their requirements for taking your pet onboard. Also get a complete printout from your pet’s veterinarian of the shots given to date.
When you decide to hit the open road and take your pet with you, you have a few more options but, the safety for you and your pet rises as well. It is always best to have your pet in a carrier. Be sure to also have that carrier securely fastened with a seatbelt. Forgetting to do this can result in harm to both you and your pet. There is also the heightened potential to harm anyone else on the road. If you pet is sitting in your lap, STOP and place the pet in a carrier. It is never a good idea to drive while allowing your pet to sit in your lap or anywhere near the gears needed to drive your car. Because we lose focus and we are easily distracted by our pet, keep them in the back seat where both you and your pet will be safer.
I should also take this time to advise you not to keep your pet in a hot car at any time. Even though you may think it is a minute, that is all it takes for the temperature in your car to rise to dangerous levels. Your car’s windshield acts much like a greenhouse. Warm in comes in and has no place to go. It just keeps building up and as a result, things get hot quickly. Because of this dangerous rise in temperature, your dog or cat can suffer or even die of heatstroke. If you must leave your pet in the car, try not to take your pet with you during hotter weather where you would be forced to leave your pet unattended in your car. Also, be sure to crack at least two of your windows no less than 2 inches to allow for air to circulate in your car. When we act responsibly in the care of our pets while traveling, it makes for a better and more pleasant trip for all involved.