Pet on Board

Bring­ing your fur baby along on a hol­i­day trip? Here’s how to keep him safe and cosy

Good Housekeeping (South Africa) - - YOUR LIFE -

PLAN AHEAD Pro­gramme the num­bers for a vet near your des­ti­na­tion into your phone so they’re handy for any emer­gen­cies. DO A CRATE TEST If your pet isn’t used to be­ing con­fined to his car­rier, leave it out for a few days be­fore the trip. Ev­ery time he goes into it, give him a treat, and by the time travel day ar­rives, he’ll per­ceive it as his place of safety. Just don’t for­get to make it comfy by toss­ing in an old T-shirt. Your fa­mil­iar scent will keep him calm. FEED HIM Think about how you feel when you skip break­fast (read: hangry). Pets are no dif­fer­ent. The morn­ing of the trip, feed your pooch a light break­fast with plenty of wa­ter and take him for a short walk. This will help main­tain his daily sched­ule, avoid mo­tion sick­ness and ex­pend some en­ergy. Be pre­pared to stop ev­ery few hours of your jour­ney for a stretch.

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