Travel with Pets: Top Tips for Safety and Security

  • 21/05/2019

Moving? Taking your pets along on a road trip? Whether you’re driving or flying with your dog, cat, or another pet, safety is key. Read on for five top tips to keep your furred or feathered friend comfortable, calm, and safe throughout the journey!

1. Check health requirements for your destination.

If you’re traveling to a different state, province, or country, double-check to see if there are any regulations well in advance of your trip. Some areas have different vaccination requirements than others, and a few places require visiting / relocated pets to spend a little bit of time in quarantine. Hawaii’s pet quarantine regulations are an example of what you might encounter, depending on your destination.

2. Choose the right carrier.

Pets are less likely to be injured in an accident when they travel inside a carrier, plus they appreciate having a comfortable, cozy place to rest and stretch out during the trip. Whether you’re driving or flying, this helpful guide to choosing an airline-approved pet carrier can help you pick the right size, decide which features you want, and more.

3. Try a barrier or seatbelt in the car.

If you’re driving and you have plenty of space inside your car, consider a barrier or a comfy seatbelt to keep your pet from becoming a projectile inside the vehicle. Seatbelts are best for short trips since they provide only a limited range of motion.

4. Keep a leash handy.

Even if your dog behaves well when off leash, travel can be stressful and unfamiliar situations can be scary. Because accidents and emergencies can happen, it’s important to keep a leash handy so you can snap it on in a flash if you need to open your pet’s carrier in a hurry. Have your dog wear a comfortable harness so you can easily get a grip if he or she tries to bolt.

5. Choose pet-friendly accommodations in advance.

If you’re traveling overnight, it’s a great idea to make reservations at a pet-friendly hotel so that you won’t be scrambling for a place to stay. Don’t try to sneak your pet into a hotel that doesn’t allow pets; you’re likely to find yourself paying a steep fine.

Last but not least, be sure to go for a few shorter drives before setting out on a long road trip and train your pet to behave during your journey. Cats, dogs, and other pets typically travel well once they’re accustomed to the idea and have had a bit of training. Remember to keep your pet well fed and hydrated, never lock them in a hot car, and enjoy rest stops every two to three hours. Most of all, have fun! Traveling with pets can be a challenge but with a few simple safety measures, everyone will enjoy the journey more.

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