For many pet owners, taking a family vacation includes every member of the clan – including those with four legs. But taking a trip with an animal takes extra planning to ensure that everyone enjoys a healthy, safe and happy experience. If you’re vacation plans include your animal companion, here are a few helpful tips from a Welland veterinarian vet for you to keep in mind.
Do Your Research – Airlines and hotels have different requirements when it comes to accommodating guests with pets. Some don’t allow it at all, while others allow it provided certain rules and regulations are adhered to. Do your homework well in advance of your trip to make sure you’re well-prepared and that there are no unexpected surprises.
Visit a Vet – Before traveling anywhere your pet should receive a clean bill of health from your Welland veterinarian. In addition to just ensuring that your animal companion is healthy enough to travel, many of the businesses you will encounter during your travels will require an up-to-date health certificate.
Set Aside Some Dough – In addition to the extra rules and requirements, there is also often an added cost to traveling with pets. For instance, airlines usually charge a fee for flying with a pet, and pet-friendly hotels often require an extra deposit to ensure that any potential damages incurred by your pet will be adequately covered. Plan your finances accordingly.
Pre-Flight Prep – If your travel includes a flight, be sure to feed and exercise your pet prior to placing them inside the airline approved crate. If your pet suffers from anxiety, talk with your Ontario vet to see if they have any suggestions on how you can make the experience as stress-free as possible.
Bring Your Gear – If you’re traveling by car, be sure to pack bowls, an ample supply of food and fresh water, toys, and a leash. Never allow your pet to exit your vehicle without the leash, otherwise you risk losing your pet in a place that is unfamiliar to you both. Inside the car, your pet should stay in a secure crate or be safely buckled in with a pet harness.
Including your pet in your travel plans is a great way for everyone in the family to strengthen their bond. Apply the tips provided here and work with your Welland veterinarian at the Main West Animal Hospital to ensure that your travels are safe and happy for everyone involved.