Traveling with a pet is a fun and companionable experience. However, there are several things that pet-owners should do to keep their pet animals comfortable. Without the right precautions, they can be subject to injury, illness, and a lack of shelter or other necessities. Of course, when animals are happy, their owners are happy too! Read on for helpful tips and advice on travel with pets.
Car Travel with Pets
Like people, animals can get car-sick too. One way to eliminate this is by helping the animal to get used to the car. Spread a blanket in their crate, or give them a couple of their favorite toys. Let the animal get used to the car with short rides before the big trip. Stop every couple of hours for a stretch and toilet break. Make sure to keep pets well hydrated in the car, and never leave them unattended especially when the air conditioning is turned off.
- Safe Ways to Travel with a Pet – These general rules outline the best way to travel safely by car with most domestic pets.
- Cat Travel Tips (PDF) – These precautions outline what cat-owners should do before and during a roadtrip with their pet.
- Pets Can Overheat in Cars – Leaving a pet in a car without air conditioning and open windows can be fatal!
- Best Ways to Travel with a Dog by Car – Keep your dog safe in the car with these helpful hints.
Pet Travel on Planes
There are several airlines that allow pets but it is worth it to research them in advance. Small pets that don’t cause disturbances can normally be taken into the cabin. Other pets need to be placed in a crate in the cargo section of the plane. Have your pet checked by a vet before traveling and have all vaccinations up to date. Carry their medical records with you at all times. Before flying, review animal transportation laws in case quarantine is required.
- Flying Risks for Short-Nosed Dogs – Short-nosed dogs can be prone to respiratory issues in airplanes.
- Tips for Researching Pet-Friendly Airlines (DOC) – Just because an airline claims to be pet-friendly does not guarantee that it is entirely reliable!
- International Pet Travel – Pet-owners should be aware of the rules and regulations regarding international flights for pets.
- Pets in the Cabin – In a few rare cases, owners are allowed to keep pets near their seats on the airplane.
Hotel Lodging with Pets
It is always best to verify a hotel’s pet policy before making a booking. In the hotel, take your pet out regularly so that they do not soil the hotel room. Create a comfortable corner for them in the room with their crate, cushion, or blanket, plus a few toys and a feeding station. Keep in mind that pet owners are responsible for any damage their pets cause. If you are not comfortable leaving your pet alone in the room, consider taking them with you during the day.
- Understanding Hotel Policies – Review some of the most common hotel pet policies and restrictions.
- Finding Pet-Friendly Hotels – Learn which questions to ask when checking a hotel’s pet policies.
Pet insurance is an excellent option for people traveling with pets, or also owners whose pets are old or often sick. Some of the most common features include coverage for accidents, routine care, and illness. Hereditary conditions might come at an extra cost. Applying for pet insurance works in a similar manner to health insurance for humans. However, when expenses are incurred, the owner has to pay the bill and then send a claim for reimbursement from the insurance company.
- Pet Insurance Features – Learn about different kinds of insurance coverage and benefits for pets.
- Comparing Pet Insurance – Pet owners should take the time to research pet insurance thoroughly.
- Is Your Pet Covered? – Read about the main expenses that pet insurance policies cover.