Vacationing away from home is a lovely way to spend your downtime. But for many pet owners, it wouldn't be much of a holiday without the furry members of their families. Other pet owners want to travel with their pets because of a lack of options or an unwillingness to leave their pets with others. Kennel costs can often be high as well, eating into the cost of your trip. For those of you bringing along your pet, here are some tips to make it as smooth as possible.
Determine Where You Are Staying
When travelling with pets, first choose where to stay. With a little research, you will probably find many motels willing to allow your pet to stay with you. Most motels have doors that open to the outside, an ideal setup for early morning bathroom needs. They might even have designated potty and play areas for your dogs, making it easy to find accommodations for your family and your pets. Keep in mind that some motels charge an extra fee. Some request a deposit that may be needed if excess cleaning is required. Just talk to your motel, such as Burswood Lodge, about terms and fees.
Get Everything Ready Early
If you are travelling by air, check with your airline about what their policy for pet cargo is. Follow their instructions, which often include getting the right size and type of carrier, and having your pet up-to-date with all their vaccinations. You will probably need to provide documentation of this as well.
If you are travelling by car, start packing early, being sure to leave plenty of space for your pet. It helps to get your entire family and pet into the car to see where the best organisation is. A long car trip with a dog on your lap doesn't work well for you or the dog. Reserve some space just for your pooch. Cover the area with a blanket. Pet hair can get everywhere, so prevent some work by using an old towel or blanket in your pet's space.
Don't Forget to Pack Your Pet's Favourite Things
Your pets are going to need essential supplies, toys and activities, and items for proper health. Here is a list of items you may need for a dog or cat:
- Food and bottled water
- Food and water bowls
- Leash and collar
- Frisbee or ball
- Jacket or sweater
Many people travelling with pets remember the basic essentials like a leash and food bowl, but frequently forget their favourite blanket, bed, or toys. These are just as important as the other items.
Take Plenty of Breaks
If you are travelling by car with your pets, you will need to take extra breaks. Dogs don't always go on command or when it is most convenience, so be patient with them. Stop as often as you can and bring your dog to the nearest area where it can relieve its bladder. Calming your dog down and giving it some water when you take a break might help encourage them to go. Don't get angry or irritated if it takes a few stops before they feel comfortable enough. Many dogs don't like going when they are nervous about a car ride.
During these breaks, it is also a good idea to let your dog get some exercise by taking it for a walk and feeding or giving treats during the same stop.