How to prepare for a journey with your pet
Traveling with dogs is one of the ideas that many of us have whenever we think of having a good and fun time with our furry friends. While it is indeed fun, there are still various things that pet owners will need to take note of. By having ample preparation, the entire journey can be less stressful for you and your dog too.
There are typically three ways of traveling with dogs. Let us look a little deeper into each mode of dog transport.
Traveling with your dog by air
This will be the most commonly used when bringing our pets to countries that are much further away. When travelling with dogs by air, there are two main ways at which the dog can fly by air.
Subject to the airline that you have selected, there might be an option for you to bring your small to medium sized dog along with you by using a pet carrier. Otherwise, your pet will be treated as cargo and put together with the rest of the cargo on the plane.
If you are looking into a long-haul flight, then we urge you to engage a pet cargo plane that transports only pets on the plane, and they are not put in the cargo hold. This is expensive, but hey at least there is a suite of dedicated staff that will help to take care of your pet while you are on another flight.
Traveling with your pat by land
When traveling with dogs on land, one of the most common dog transports is via the car. While most of you might have already tried this, there is another option that you can consider, especially if you are thinking of travelling a longer distance over land.
The option is to take the train, and there are actually quite a number of countries that allows pets to be on board trains too. One common requirement is for your dog to be muzzled at all times.
Traveling with your puppy by sea
Of course, there is the option to travel by sea too. There are some luxurious cruises that allow you to bring your pet along for long cruises in the sea.
What to note when traveling with your dog
While it can be fun to bring your dog for long travels, there are certain things that you will need to be mindful of.
1. How is your dog’s physical condition? If they are unwell, then chances are they might not last the journey via either of the above mentioned ways.
2. Is there adequate pet supplies provided for?
3. Is the weather primed for the chosen mode of dog transport? For example, if the weather too hot for an overseas trip via the plane?
4. Did you bring along the dog’s medical records, if any?
5. Have you looked into the pet friendly hotels in your destination?
6. Did you let the dog poo or pee before going onto the mode of dog transport?
Wrapping things up
Traveling with your dog is an experience that we should give to our furry friends. With ample preparation, the entire journey can be a fun and rewarding experience for both you and your dog!
Read the tale of the lost dog Sparky here!