Everyone wants to travel. And everyone should visit. Whether it be for the sake of exploring the world, seeing more of your own country, or moving from place to place, traveling is one of the greatest pleasures one can experience – the opportunity to meet new people and see new homes is a gift. A gift-worthy of sharing with a pet, to be more precise, and one everyone wants to share with their pet. Of course, just like safe driving is essential, if you’re going to get where you’re going in one piece, ensuring your pet is traveling in the safest possible way is of the utmost importance. Here, we’ll look at a few things to keep in mind when traveling with your pet to ensure they’re as safe and comfortable as they can be.
Don’t Be Hard on Your Pet.
When transporting your pet from, say, home to the vet, a hard case is probably just fine: No harm is likely to come from short drives to and from local destinations just because your pet is in a hard crate. But when the distances double, triple, or square, you should consider a soft case. The more delicate bottom makes for a more comfortable trip, less damage to your pet’s paws, and more bearable impacts when you make sharp turns or quick stops.
Stretch Like an Animal
Be sure to hit rest stops as often as you can. One of the most important things about pet transport is to keep the time in the cage to a minimum – when you stretch at the rest stop, so does your puppy or your kitty. That way, the trip will be less stressful, less like being in a weird, vibrating, mobile prison, and more like being on vacation with mom and dad.
Meal and Drinks Fit for a King
On the same note as above, whenever you stop to stretch, grab a bite to eat, and make sure the pet gets something, too. You need to remain. It’s well-fed and hydrated, but especially crucial for your pet to since he or she can’t just open up the more relaxed and grab a sandwich and water bottle whenever necessary. And since it’s hard to keep a water or food bowl in the cage, they’re probably at reasonably high risk of both hunger and dehydration. Staving that off is your job as a pet owner, and takes nothing more than some snacks when you stop.
Enjoy the Ride
If you choose to travel with a pet, you owe it to them to enjoy the trip. And sure – it’s not always easy to enjoy yourself. But at least be sure to try; animals can feel when their owners are stressed, which can make them upset, as well. Which, in turn, makes it more difficult for them to cheer you up. So do your pet a favor and make her job a bit easier – smile, play with her, treat her to snacks. That’s what matters most, after all.