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Everyone seems to have cabin fever after the long winter months, even our pets! So as you plan for spring break getaways, quick weekend trips to visit grandma or even a day trip to your local park or favorite hiking trail, here are a few tips for taking your fur-family member along.
Traveling by car
For your safety and the safety of your pet, use a carrier or seat belt-tested harness to keep your pet in the backseat. This will minimize injury in the event of an accident as well as prevent your dog or cat from breaking free when car doors are open at a stop.
Deciding to take your pet on a trip that requires air travel can be a big decision. Rules and regulations vary by airline and should be verified with the provider you choose.
Here are a few more tips for preparing for and traveling by air with your pet:
Flying is not cheap for your pet. The charge for in-cabin travel one way ranges between $95 – $150 per pet.
Do your homework:
Investigate the airline’s animal transport and welfare policies.
Be on the same flight:
If your pet is flying in cargo hold, you should be flying on the same plane. Reserve a non-stop flight without layovers and if it is during the summer fly early in the morning or later in the evening to avoid the extreme afternoon temperatures.
Get there early:
Prepare for the flight by arriving early (2 hours early is recommended, but no more than 4 hours early). Also exercise your pet and have food and water dishes attached inside the carrier.
Carry a current photo of your pet with you just in case your pet is separated from you or the plane and have a list of emergency phone numbers on hand should you need to reach someone to help you with your dog or cat.
If you are not taking your pet with you on your vacation, plan in advance where your pet will stay.
Take some time to visit the boarding facility and ask questions about the routine. Notice the cleanliness of the boarding rooms and the safety of the play areas.
You can hire pet sitters to come to your home and spend time with your pet, particularly dogs. If you opt for a pet sitter to come to your home, invite them over prior to your trip so your pet will be familiar with them.
Taking your pet to family and friends:
If a family member or friendoffers to keep your pet while youare gone, that’s great too. Schedule a few play dates in advance of your trip and share your pet’s routine with their host.