Traveling With Your Pet Companion

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Everyone loves to go exploring with others, but the thought of traveling with a pet induces stress in a lot of people. It can also create a lot of stress for your little best friend. Furthermore, there are a lot of plans that you need to make to ensure that your travels with your dog or cat go smoothly. So our veterinarians come up with some tips to help you keep your pet healthy and safe while going on a trip. But there are many ways that you can travel, and with each type, there are different plans that you will need to make. Car, plane, and boat are some of the top ways to travel, so here are some tips for each of these modes of transportation. 

Traveling By Car 
When you'll be taking a long road trip with your pet, make sure that you prepare well in advance. Your pet should have a carrier that is well-ventilated and a kit for him in case he gets sick or needs medicine. Also, take him on several shorter trips before the big one so you can see how he reacts, and so he can become accustomed to the ride. If you notice that he is having troubles, talk to your veterinarian. Some animals can feel extreme agitation while on a long car ride, and some can even get motion sickness. Your veterinarian will be able to diagnose any problems and prescribe medicine to combat his illness. Whenever you and your pet will be in the car for long periods of time, make sure that you take occasional stops so he can get some exercise. Read more on the importance of dog walking!

Traveling By Boat 
Some dogs love riding in boats, but others are less comfortable. Your pet might even get motion sickness, even if you are traveling on a cruise boat. You'll want to talk to your veterinarian before you leave so you know you have all of his medications. There are some cruises that allow pets to board the boat, but there will still be some restrictions that you should know about. It's ideal to check their pet policy and make reservations well in advance because spots can fill up quickly. Once you have a secured spot for your pet on the boat, you can surely count on these common expectations. First of all, they will still require your pet to stay in a kennel of appropriate size. It's important to know that kenneling your animal on a boat is typically expensive. More than likely, you'll pay about the same to bring your dog on the boat as you will pay for yourself. 

Traveling By Air 
When you buy your tickets, buy his too. And make sure you make reservations well in advance because most airlines have a limit as to how many dogs they allow on the flight, much like cruise ships. He will also need to visit the veterinarian to prove that he is up to date on his vaccinations. When you're visiting the vet, be sure to ask about anything else that might be medically necessary. You should also fly direct to make the trip as easy as possible. Before you go, have your dog spend some time in his carrier so he gets used to it. Also, don't feed your dog directly before departure. While you don't want him to go hungry, he'll be uncomfortable if he has a full stomach on the trip. Around four hours before departure is a good amount of time. Make sure he has plenty of water before the flight, and also make sure he gets some exercise directly before takeoff. Also, don't give him sedatives because this can cause him to have respiratory problems and can interfere with his ability to maintain equilibrium. 

Whenever you're going on a trip with a pet, make sure that you plan ahead so he has all that he needs for a safe trip that is as comfortable for him as possible. It's entirely feasible to have a pleasant trip on any form of travel that you choose to take your pet on.