7 Tips for Traveling with Your Pets

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Sometimes traveling with your pet in unavoidable. When making travel plans, be sure to choose the safest and most comfortable arrangements for them . In most cases, cats are better off in their own home, and unless you can spend a lot of time with your dog on your trip, it’s often better to make special arrangements for your dog instead of bringing him with you. But if you decide that the best place for your dog or cat is tagging along, here are some pet travel tips to keep them safe and low-stress.

Traveling by Car

1. The Best Seat In The Car
Dogs should not be able to roam around in the car. The safest spot is in a crate that has been anchored to the vehicle using a seatbelt or other tough material. Dogs can be a distraction to the driver, causing a hazard to you and your pet. Cats should be kept in carriers. Most of the time cats are not comfortable traveling in cars, so they will feel safest and most comfortable in a carrier. All pets should be kept in the back seat. The front seat should be for humans only.

2. Keep Heads In
Dogs love to stick their heads out the window. But for their safety, all pets should keep their heads in so they are not injured by particle or debris or even made sick from the cold air forced into their lungs. And never, ever drive with your pet in the back of an open pickup truck.

3. Allow for Plenty of Breaks
Know where and how frquently rest stops occur during your trip. Be sure to stop frequently and allow your pet to relieve himself as well as exert excess energy. And, never leave your pet in the car for extended periods of time.

Traveling by Airplane

4. Take Precautions
It is best that you do not travel by airplane with your pet unless absolutely necessary. It is particularly dangerous for animals with “pushed in” faces such as bulldogs, pugs, and Persian cats. Their short nasal passages leave them extremely vulnerable to oxygen deprivation and heat stroke. If possible, driving is always the better option when you are traveling with your pet.

5. Choose the Cabin
If you must travel with your pet by plane, ask if your pet can accompany you in the cabin. Most airlines will allow this if your dog or cat is small enough. You may need to pay an additional fee and call the airline well in advance. Be sure your pet fulfills the size requirements.

6. Going Through Security
Take precautions as you going through airport security when traveling with your pet. Your pet’s carrier will go through the security screening with you, so you will need to either be sure the pet is securely harnessed, or you can safely contain her outside of the carrier as you go through security.

7. Cargo Hold Dangers
Avoid allowing your pet to go through the cargo area of the airplane. Pets are frequently killed, injured, or lost during commercial flights each year because they were put in the cargo area. The excessive temperatures, poor ventilation, and often extremely rough handling make this a terrible place when traveling with your beloved pet.

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