Over two-thirds of American households have at least one pet according to a recent survey by the American Pet Products Association (APPA). The same organization also revealed that 37 percent of those pet owners travel with their four-legged friends each year.
If you’ve assumed that it’s way too difficult to bring your canine but dread leaving him with a pet sitter or paying an exorbitant amount to board Fido at a kennel when you travel, you should know that while it may come with a little extra effort and planning, it’s probably easier than you think.
Whether you’re traveling from Ontario after having purchased a home among Halton real estate, you’re planning to fly from Los Angeles or anywhere else, these tips can help you make it happen.
Get Those Vaccinations Up to Date
Whether you’re planning a road trip or traveling by plane, it’s important to prepare well ahead of time. One of the first things you should do is be sure that your furry friend is up to date on vaccinations and has had a recent check-up. If you’re flying, airlines usually require an official health certificate from your veterinarian. If you plan to cross an international border by car, you’ll probably need to have records that prove your animal is healthy and vaccinated – be sure to check the particular requirements for your destination. Many countries have strict health rules and quarantines for live animals that will have to be met for entry.
Familiarize Your Pet with Their New Gear
If your pet will be traveling in a new carrier or using any new gear, introduce them to it a few weeks before you plan to go. By sniffing it out and exploring, they’ll be able to recognize it later, providing more comfort in unfamiliar surroundings.
Try a Short Trip First
If you’ve never traveled with your pet and he’s used to just hanging around at home, before attempting anything long-haul, whether on a flight or in the car, do a test run by taking a shorter trip first. It will allow you to see how things go and adjust your plans for a longer journey based on how they do.
Book Pet-Friendly Accommodation ASAP and Scope Out Other Pet-Friendly Options
Assuming you won’t be staying with a family member or friend, you’ll want to book pet-friendly accommodation as soon as you know you’ll be going on your trip to be sure something will be available. While there is an increasing number of options these days, certain destinations may be more difficult. Bring Fido is a great resource – the site that can help you find hotels as well as restaurants and attractions that welcome pets. If you’re looking at Airbnbs, you can use search filters to pull up only pet-friendly places.
Bring the Right Supplies
If you are flying, you’ll need a carrier if you don’t already have one, but even if you’re planning on driving, it’s a good idea for safety reasons. And, if they get car sick, something fairly common, it won’t make a mess in your vehicle. Ideally, get something with enough room for your animal and a few toys that can also be anchored down with straps or a seat belt. Be sure to pack enough food for the length of the trip as being forced to switch to something different could lead to problems like stomach upset.