traveling with your petWhether travel inspires you to sing On the Road Again or Leaving on a Jet Plane, initiating travel with your pet can be an excellent adventure for all concerned. If you would like your next trip to include your pet, take a look at these 9 tips to ease the way.
1. Day Tripper. Start small with local jaunts. When your pet likes outings in the car to a local park or trail, your family’s ready for the next adventure.
2. Carry on, Dude. Consider carriers a little piece of home for your pet wherever you roam. Special snuggly toys or blankies may be optional but can be very much appreciated.
3. Do you know where you’re going to? Does your destination hotel or campground welcome pets? Get the details before you go with these resources for hotels and for camp grounds, parks and beaches.
4. Got a ticket to ride? Thoughtful preparations can make travel by plane, train or car feel familiar for your pet. A leash, special food, daily meds and a small first aid kid can help your pet handle the differences that each type of travel brings.
5. Going to Carolina in my mind. A microchip can help ensure your pet’s returned to you should she wander away in a new environment. This simple step can give you peace of mind before you go. Give us a call to set up an appointment.
6. Love that pink Cadillac. Play the radio, roll down the windows or enjoy the crushed velvet seats – but don’t leave your pet in any parked car. Even with the windows down, temperatures rise quickly, and your pet could be endangered by heat very quickly.
7. Under pressure? If your pet gets stressed over travel, AdaptilTM, available at Town N Country, can help. AdaptilTM collars and diffusers encourage diffusion of pheromones, hormones released by lactating mammals to comfort and soothe.
8. Eat, drink and be merry. Some pets may suffer with tummy troubles when they travel, but a few precautions may help you avoid such a scenario. Give only bottled water when you’re on the go since differences in tap water can upset your pet’s digestive system. Never feed an animal in a moving vehicle, and try to time a light feeding 3-4 hours prior to departure.
9. For the Record. More than likely, you won’t need it, but taking a copy of your pet’s immunization record is a prudent idea. Give us a call, and let us help you.
10. Doggie Daycare and Kitty Condo. Maybe your short jaunts or your experience with your pet’s car sickness has made you decide you do not want a traveling companion. Bring your fur babies to us for their own vacation! We’d love to have extended quality time with your pet, while you enjoy your time away.
So, pack your bags – and all of Farley’s gear, program your GPS and be off! Whether you decide to travel with or without your pet, have a great vacation, and a safe trip back from the wild blue yonder.