Tug­ging Pets Along on a Trip

The Freeman - - LIFESTYLE - Use pet-friendly ho­tels.

or use a re­lax­ing scent like laven­der to make a pet feel com­forted.

Car­rier sizes and le­gal travel tips.

If you’re driv­ing long dis­tances look for car­ri­ers that will ac­com­mo­date your pet plus any ex­tras. “For our three cats we used medi­um­sized dog ken­nels, big enough for each cat and their lit­ter box,” says Jen. “For shorter car trips use wee-wee pads to pre­vent bath­room ac­ci­dents.”

When fly­ing, get ac­quainted with your air­line’s rules re­gard­ing pet travel. De­pend­ing on the size of your pet, they might sug­gest a crate in­stead of a car­rier. If fly­ing in­ter­na­tion­ally, your pet will also re­quire a mi­crochip along with doc­u­ments of­fi­cially pre­pared by a vet­eri­nar­ian cer­ti­fy­ing your pet is ra­bies-free and up­date with their vac­ci­na­tions.

Make plenty of pit stops.

“Fre­quent pit stops are im­por­tant for pets to stretch their legs and have a bath­room break,” says Jen. For dogs that will only uri­nate on their fa­vorite tree, vets rec­om­mend prac­tic­ing the art of elim­i­nat­ing on cue. Start prac­tic­ing be­fore your trip, watch for when your dog is cir­cling an area and give them a ver­bal cue such as “hurry up” to prompt elim­i­na­tion. The goal is to use the cue as soon as your dog is about to go. Af­ter­wards re­in­force their good be­hav­ior with a treat. Mak­ing sure your pets go to bath­room is very im­por­tant for op­ti­mal health.

Keep them hy­drated.

Jen says when she was mak­ing her move cross coun­try she made sure all her an­i­mals had their es­sen­tials like food, tow­els, toys and es­pe­cially lots of wa­ter. “I specif­i­cally shoved glasses of wa­ter in their faces to en­cour­age them to drink.” Keep­ing a pet hy­drated is cru­cial for their health. Us­ing ice cubes or col­lapsi­ble bowls make it easy for any pet to drink and feel good on long trips.

“At night we stayed at pet-friendly ho­tels and let the cats out of the car­ri­ers,” says Jen. “It was very strange to have all three cats roam­ing around in the ho­tel rooms.” She used online sites to find pet-friendly places to sleep for the night. Pet-friendly ho­tels make it easy for ev­ery­one to get a stress-free night of sleep.

The next time you plan on tak­ing your pets away on hol­i­day, don’t stress out. Re­mem­ber to make fre­quent pit stops, of­fer lots of wa­ter and sur­round them with their fa­vorite things. For in­ter­na­tional travel, get your pet mi­cro-chipped and con­sult the vet about any of­fi­cial doc­u­ments that will be re­quired at your des­ti­na­tion. These are just some of the ways you can be sure your pets will have a pleas­ant travel ex­pe­ri­ence no mat­ter the dis­tance.


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