Traveling with pets has become increasingly popular in recent years. This is because owners want to share the experiences overseas with their loyal companions. It’s an opportunity to experience somewhere new together and make long lasting memories. However, while there are many benefits to traveling with your pet, it also has some disadvantages too. Some pets find the experience stressful, and this can lead to them becoming ill while you’re away. A lack of planning could also mean you are limited to where you can stay and visit with your pet. So to help you decide whether it’s worth all the hassle, here are some vital questions you need to answer beforehand.
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Will the country I am visiting allow pets from foreign countries?
If you are planning to travel overseas with your pet, it’s essential that you know what their rules concerning pets are. Many countries will only allow pets to enter if they have up to date vaccinations and a pet passport. This is something that many pet owners forget to check before they leave. But this could result in their pets being denied access and put into quarantine. This will add to your pet’s stress as well as causing you upset too. To prevent this from happening, do research into the requirements and talk to your vet about necessary vaccinations.
How will I transport them?
The way you choose to transport your pet can have a big influence on their travel experience. If they feel too restricted, this can make them feel anxious and uncomfortable. Too little ventilation in their carrier can also cause health problems or even death. So it’s vital that you consider how you intend to safely transport them to your destination.
Visit pet stores or websites that have dogs, cats or hand raised macaws for sale. As well as selling the animals themselves, they often sell transportation options too. These usually include travel crates and cages, depending on what type of pet you have. Ask for advice for which size and style would be most appropriate for your pet. Remember their comfort should always be a top priority.
Will my pet cope with the change?
While a change of scenery is good for humans, it can be stressful for our pets. New smells, unfamiliar surrounding and a change to their routine can make them feel threatened and unsafe.
Some pets can start to feel more comfortable within a few hours. But others find it difficult to relax for the duration of the trip. It’s unfair to put your pet through this stress unnecessarily, so consider if you think they will be able to cope. If the answer is not, start to think about other option. You could ask a friend to take care of them while they are away. There’s also the option of hiring a pet sitter or putting your pet into kennels.
While you might enjoy taking your pet with you on vacation or as you travel, it’s not always the best option for them. So be realistic when answering each of these questions. That way you and your pet can bring back nothing but good memories from your trip.
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