Going on holiday does not mean that you have to leave your furry friend behind. In fact, if you travel or go on holiday with your pet, it is even more fun! You will still have that happy face that greets you whenever you turn the corner and a constant walking/hiking buddy that is generally up for anything as long as there are treats and tummy rubs involved.
For a long time, travelling abroad with a pet was rather difficult. Most of the time, people were forced to rely on other solutions, such as doggy-hotels or family members that were willing to take on your furry friend until you came back. But nowadays, it has become quite easy to make sure each member of the family is together on your next holiday. Nevertheless, there are still some common misconceptions out there about pet travel:
- Pets should travel the way humans do
Though you may feel like your pet deserves better than the cargo area for transport, it is the safer and more comfortable option for your pet. The temperature and pressure is controlled in the cargo area and it is made to be pet-friendly.
- The quicker you get there, the better
Direct flights and other travel options are often more comfortable for us humans, but it is better to extend your travel time a bit so you can break up the journey for your pet, and allow him/her to have a little walk before getting back in the airplane.
- Airlines do not make pet travel a priority
Every airline operates differently, but there are certainly those that are pet-friendly. Do your research and talk to your family and friends who have experience traveling with pets so you can choose the best option for your furry friend. There are also many companies that specialize in animal transportation and will help you to understand how to ship your dog from one country to another in the best possible way.
There are basic requirements that you should be aware of and prepare for before you take your pet along. For example, if you are trying to figure out what are the necessary steps to prepare for your trip, your pup will definitely need a pet passport, chip, the right vaccines and a tapeworm treatment first and foremost. Talk with your vet ahead of time and be sure all paperwork is updated and organised.
Like for any other member of the family, comfort, safety and good health are mandatory to ensure travels go smoothly!
At the end of the day, going on a holiday will only be that much more fun if you have your furry friend by your side and thankfully, it is very possible nowadays!
Disclosure – written in collaboration with Mary