Once upon a time, travelling with a pet was completely unheard of. Sure, there was the option of camping, but this was dispelled pretty quickly by a lot of us. It meant that many people either took their pets to kennel facilities or didn’t travel at all. Suffice to say, for many pet owners; both options were far from ideal.
Fortunately, there has been a while shift in recent years, which means that an extra option has been added to the table. This comes in the form of travelling with your canine, or perhaps feline, friend.
In short, more and more hotels, whether it is in Poole or Leeds, are accepting pets and making life a lot easier for their owners. Let’s now take a look at some of the things you can do to make, with your pet so much easier.
Tips on Car Travel with Your Pet
Firstly, if you’ve opted to stay in the country, the main focus of your job is to get your pet to your hotel of choice as efficiently as possible.
We will get into the ins and outs of your route shortly, but in the meantime; both the main message here is that safety must come first.
It might sound ridiculous to some of you, but dog harnesses and seat belts are a real thing and are crucial if you have opted to head off on vacation with your pet. It’s something that acts in the same way as a human seatbelt, and can ultimately save their life.
Of course, there is also your own safety to consider. Is your pet somewhat boisterous? In these cases, consider a crate in the back. At least this way, you’re not going to be leapt at as you dart down the main road to your chosen hotel.
Plan Your Route Accordingly
Following on from the above, make sure your route is planned strategically. As we all know, our pets have their own toiletry needs, so heading off on a route that has no stopping possibilities is asking for trouble for the whole car!
Be Shrewd with The Feeding Times of Your Pet
By a similar token, make sure that you are travelling with the times that you feed and water your pet. Just like humans, some do not react well to travelling by car, and this might mean that you delay their meal until you arrive at your destination.
Water is a slightly different topic; whilst making sure your pet is hydrated is important; let’s not forget that your route needs to take into account the appropriate stops.
What About Overseas Travel with My Furry Friend?
If you have taken the plunge to head overseas, then there are obviously other considerations that need to be taken into account. Does your pet need vaccinations? What about a pet passport? Just like human passports, your furry friend might even need an entry clearance for the country! Then, there are the logistics – and making sure that all goes well as your pet boards the plane. This is something of a minefield and does need to be researched, but it’s worth knowing that this is something that is regularly done and there’s nothing stopping you from taking your pet along with you on your travels.
So How Do I Know If I’m Ready to Travel With My Pet?
While there’s no doubt that the concept of pet travel is something that has surged in popularity over the last few years, there’s no doubt that it doesn’t come without its considerations.
Traveling by car does add a degree of flexibility to your trip, but as we have alluded to it can come with other costs. Then, while air travel does open up more destinations, there are again additional things to consider.
Nevertheless, an increasing number of pet owners are opting for this route and based on that, the concept is becoming “more normal” by the year.