With fall in the air and the holidays approaching, you may be preparing to travel with your pet soon. Pets are wonderful travel companions if you are prepared for anything to happen. Whether or not they’re emotional support animals or regular pets, you’ll need to prepare for any issues that may arise on your journey.
Here’s what you need to get ready for an amazing trip with your pet this fall.
Be sure to pack any documents and identification regarding your pet. This includes veterinarian information, ID tags, or medical history records that may be relevant. If you’re traveling out of the country, you may need to see your vet before leaving to get a certificate of good health.
In the event that your pet is registered as an Emotional Support Animal, you will need to bring their certification letter with you. Check-in with ESA Registration of America for additional information on necessary documents when traveling with an emotional support animal.
A Leash or Harness
Your pet may get overstimulated by all of the people and commotion, especially if you’re traveling in an airport or train station. You’ll want to make sure you have a leash or harness that keeps your pet comfortable and under your control.
If your pet isn’t used to being on a leash, you’ll be thankful to know they are secure nearby.
Your pet may need extra comfort when traveling. It may be helpful to bring a blanket with a familiar scent of home to calm their nerves. Your pet may also become tired from the constant moving. When they need a nap, you’ll be glad they have a place where they’ll easily lay down instead of resisting the urge to sleep and remaining restless.
If you’re traveling with an ESA, they’ll have their own seat on the flight if you gave the airline advance notice. They’ll still be glad to have a place of their own to lay their head down when they’ve settled on the flight.
If you’re traveling anywhere outside of your own car, you’ll need a roomy travel carrier for your pet to be in. This may be something easily overlooked if you have a pet that is used to being in your lap but be sure to not forget it.
Make sure that your travel carrier allows your pet the ability to get up and stretch their legs, especially if they’re embarking on a long flight or car ride.
Accidents happen, even with the most well-trained pet. We know that travel can bring on a lot of unwanted stress and anxiety. Sometimes, this means your pet may have an accident in a less than ideal place. If you travel prepared, it won’t be that bad. Keep some extra wipes and a small spray bottle of pet cleaner if you can so you’re ready if the moment happens.
In addition to cleaning supplies, you may need to bring a pee pad if you’re staying in a hotel or somewhere where outside bathroom space is limited. Check into your hotel amenities to know exactly if you need to bring extra bathroom accessories.
As long as you’re prepared, traveling with your pet can be a rewarding and bonding experience for the two of you. Make sure to have all of the necessary identification and health documentation to comply with the airline and international travel.
Roomy bedding, travel carriers, and clean up supplies will keep your pet comfortable. Plus, if any anxious accidents occur, you’ll be ready to handle anything. And if you check into regulations for your form of travel, you’ll definitely be ready for an amazing trip with your furry friend.