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Traveling With Pets: What You Should Know Before You Hit the Road

Having a pet means having a lot of responsibilities. If you’re a new pet owner, you’re probably thinking that you won’t be able to travel around the world anymore, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Having a pet doesn’t mean you are tied to a single place forever. There are lots of things you can do to make sure both you and your pet have a great time.

We’ve made this short guide to help you understand what you should do before you decide on taking your pet on a vacation. These tips can help you understand that having a pet doesn’t mean you won’t travel ever again. So, without further ado, let’s dive in.

Consult the vet

You’ve booked a flight, and you’re almost ready to go, but before you start packing, you should take your furry mate to the vet for a check-up. There are certain rules and regulations that you need to follow when you’re taking your pet with you on a plane.

Your pet should be more than eight weeks old, it must be in good health and it can’t be aggressive. Your vet should help you assess the health of your pet and they should give you advice on whether you should take your pet with you, or find another solution. What veterinarians usually don’t recommend is to sedate your pet before traveling. There are even some airlines that don’t accept sedated pets, so keep that in mind when you’re thinking about taking your furry mate on a trip.

What pets can you bring on an airplane

The pet policies differ from one airline to another, but it’s not that hard to find an airliner that suits your needs. Some airlines only allow domesticated cats and dogs, with certain breed restrictions, but others allow critters, rabbits, and household birds to be carried in the cabin.

With so many different rules and regulations, you must do your homework thoroughly. Look which airliners are flying to your holiday location, and make sure you fully understand their policies on pets. You should call them and ask if they can take care of any special needs your pet may have. You must make sure your pet is vaccinated and checked by the vet before you board the plane, and you need to prepare the equipment needed for taking your furry friend for a trip.

Another thing that is very important is the container or carrier for your pet. All pets must travel in containers that have been approved by IATA. You can rent one, or buy one if you’re planning on taking your pet for a number of trips. Make sure your carrier is suited to the needs of your pet. Find the one that your pet can feel the most comfortable in, and do a test run before the trip. Board the pet in the container and drive around the block a few times to see how it reacts to it.

Plan out the trip

This may come as a common sense thing, but you should really plan out your trip to the details. This way you would ensure that both you and your pet are having a great time. You wouldn’t want to spend a lot of money to go to the vacation with your pet, just to realize that everything you’re interested in isn’t pet-friendly. So, as soon as you decide on a location, starts checking out what can you do with your pet while you’re there.

Of course, sometimes it’s not easy to combine the two. If you’ve come so far, and you have the opportunity to check out some of the great places that aren’t that pet-friendly, there is still a solution. You can find a dog sitter or find a place for your pet at a place in a leading pet boarding centre, where you know it will be safe and well taken care of while you check out the museums and restaurants. You can rest assured your pet will be fine, and you would be able to pick it up as soon as you finish checking out the places you can’t take it with you.

Wrapping It Up

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