Traveling with Your Pet Part 1

Are you planning to travel with your pet? Maybe take a road trip with your dog or fly on a plane with your cat? Maybe you are only traveling about 20-30 miles and you want to do it by bike? Can you get one of the good dog carts for bikes to accomplish this? Let’s take a look at some of the possibilities.

· June 18, 2019

Traveling with Your Pet Part 1

Are you planning to travel with your pet? Maybe take a road trip with your dog or fly on a plane with your cat? Maybe you are only traveling about 20-30 miles and you want to do it by bike? Can you get one of the good dog carts for bikes to accomplish this? Let’s take a look at some of the possibilities.

General Tips

No matter your mode of travel from airline to biking, there are some common things you need to think about. These things include:

  • Make sure your pet is healthy and all vaccinations are up to date. Carry their medical paperwork with you.
  • Make sure your pet likes to travel, and by the means you choose. Don’t force a frightened cat into a bike cart or a dog that loves the bike cart into an anxious plane trip.
  • Know the rules where you are going or even passing through. Many places have breed restrictions on dogs; others don’t allow pets other than cats and dogs in their hotels.
  • Have information on vets and animal clinics all along your route in case of emergency.
  • If traveling overnight, make reservations at animal-friendly lodgings, park or RV lots.
  • Make sure your pet is safe with other animals and people. Make sure he is fully socialized.
  • Carry a card – 3 cards actually – if you are traveling with your dog these cards should all say – “I am traveling with one dog – a beagle named Henry – please call (your number) – if no answer call (Someone at home who is responsible if you are disposed.) Place one card in your pocket. Place one card in your wallet or purse – or if traveling by car, leave it in the car – and the third one should somehow be attached to your pet. A tag or a plastic holder of some kind. This is very important.

Packing Tips

Prepare by packing the right stuff – there are many things you will need to remember to pack. What you pack for your animal traveling companion is just as important as what you pack for yourself. What you pack though is influenced by how you travel.

If going by car you would take a crate and ways to secure your pet when needed. If traveling by plane, there are all sorts of regulations that would impact what you would pack and paperwork you would need. If traveling by bicycle you would have room for only the absolute essentials.

Packing the Essentials

No matter your mode of travel - in planes or with bikes – you will need these essentials:

  • Food and treats – take a little more than what you will need for the time you are going to be traveling. The easiest type of food to take with you is freeze dried such as Frozen Juicy Beef Nuggets. It is easy to carry, store and take as much as needed.
  • Toys – take one or two, not too many.
  • Leash or harness – no matter how you travel, you need to secure your pet. Seat belts or crates for car travel, harness or safety belt for bike cart travel are good places to start.
  • Collar – make sure your pet has a collar with ID, License and chip number on it. Make sure your name is on the tag, with your address and phone number.
  • Bed – you really should take this if you have space for it. It will help your pet feel at peace wherever you are.
  • Crate – if traveling by any means other than a bicycle, take their crate or carrier for security and comfort.
  • Medications and prescription - If your pet is on any medications don’t just take the medication with you. Take the actual prescription as well in case the pills get lost or you run out. If your dog suffers from vomit take a food for sensitive stomach.
  • ID and License and chip implant information.

    Stay tuned for next week’s article to talk about preparing for various modes of travel with your pet.

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