Top tips for travelling with your pets

Let’s face it, for the most part pets just want to stay home. Getting in the car might be a dog’s idea of fun but it’s a rare cat that likes to journey by road. But if you have to transport your pets then read on to find out how to keep them happy…

If you are moving home or living in another location for an extended period of time it’s likely that you’ll choose to move your pets too. After all pets are a part of your family and for most people leaving them behind is just unthinkable. For some people, especially dog owners’, being able to travel with their pet is an important caveat to any holiday. It is important that your fluffy companions are transported in a way that causes them the least stress and finds them arriving at their destination ready to enjoy the adventures ahead.

On the road

If you are planning to travel a long distance by car and your dog will be travelling with you follow these tips to avoid trouble. Make sure your car is in good repair including the interior and windscreen to avoid delays waiting for breakdown recovery.

Don’t feed your dog a big meal before setting off as car sickness can be upsetting for the animal and passengers. If they tend to fidget then bring along some of their toys. If your dog gets distressed they will begin to pant and overheat. Always bring a bottle of water or invest in a pet water bowl that doesn’t spill like the road refresher. But remember to stop and let your dog stretch its legs after all you will both need bathroom breaks along the way.

For cats in cars the advice about body temperature and water is the same. The most important thing to consider when transporting your cat though is having the right carry case. Make sure it is big enough for your cat and line it with a comfy familiar blanket or jumper to help them feel more secure. Never let your cat out of the carrier while the car is moving especially if the animal seems distressed. This will only result in the cat trying to bolt, distracting the driver and potentially causing accidents. If your cat seems upset call its name and if possible have someone sit with the carrier and comfort the animal.

In the air

If you need to take your pets on longer journeys that include air travel then you will need to make sure that you follow the regulations of the country you are leaving and going to. If you are travelling within the EU you will need to make sure your pet is micro chipped and has had a rabies vaccination. Remember you have to wait 21 days from the date of the rabies vaccination before you can set of on your journey. Your pets will also need a pet passport and for dogs tapeworm treatment is a must.

Outside of the EU you may also have to provide a blood test taken at least 30 days after the rabies vaccination. Again there are time restrictions in place and you must wait 3 months from the date of the sample being taken before travelling. There are a number of companies that will help you to fly your pets abroad. Using a company to help you will mean that all the correct documentation will be in place and you can be sure your pet will be travelling in comfortable air kennels.

What are your top tips for travelling with happy pets?

Joanne Reader is a freelance writer who covers a number of subjects from carmaintenance advice such as interior and windscreen repair to the best driving tours you can take.

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