Traveling with Your Pet Part 2

Last week we shared some general tips for traveling and packing for trips with your pet. This week, I would like to breakdown the different modes of traveling smart with your pet.

· June 25, 2019

Last week we shared some general tips for traveling and packing for trips with your pet. This week, I would like to breakdown the different modes of traveling smart with your pet.

Travel by Bike

You probably won’t be going too far by bike, but some of you might. If you are traveling this way, you have the smallest amount of space available for your things and your pets. You will need a dog cart designed to be pulled and pack what you can in these places adding a bike basket in the front. Still, you will have much less space to take things.

Travel by Car

If you are traveling by car with your pet, there are a few other things you need to consider. Your pet should be used to car travel or you should not take her very far. If, however, your pet loves car travel, then here are some tips to follow:

  • Make sure you have seat belts or cart connectors to securely arrange your pet in your car.
  • Feed him about two hours or more before you leave.
  • Carry plenty of water.
  • Be sure to stop often enough for your animal to exercise and go to the bathroom.
  • Don’t take off again right after you feed him. Let him exercise a little and rest a little.
  • Don’t let her get too hot or too cold while in the car. The heat is more dangerous to most traveling animal companions, and ventilation is essential.

Travel by Airplane

Travel by airplane is more complicated than travel by car, especially depending on the size of your animal companion. A lot is out of your hands. Still, there are a few things you can control to make the travel easier on your animal friend.

  • If at all possible, book a direct flight with no stops and no changes. This is especially important if you are traveling with a large dog and they are in the luggage compartment rather than with you.
  • Make sure the travel container you use follows airline regulations and guidance about your pet’s care. Get them used to the travel container before the flight. Make sure this container has good ventilation.
  • Your dog, if in the luggage compartment, will still need water during the flight, but you will have to provide for gelled water rather than fresh.
  • Do not feed your pet right before the flight.
  • Make sure the container is labeled in the same way you made up the cards for automobile travel. Keep a card on your person as well.
  • If your pet and carrier are under 20 pounds make arrangements to have your pet fly in the compartment with you. She will count as your carry-on luggage.
  • If your dog is in the luggage compartment, check on him as soon as you deplane.

If you follow these tips, we are sure you will have a great time traveling with your pet!

Raw Food Tip:

Way back when... pets didn’t suffer from allergies, dry skin, hot spots, ear infections, and a host of other diseases. They didn’t eat dry kibble, canned or moist dog food. Instead they ate what they found outside on the farm, or in the garden. If they were lucky, some good old-fashioned "table scraps" would be tossed their way. Much of what they consumed was from raw kill... like a pheasant, the guts of a rabbit, or perhaps a mouse! This was a simply nutritious and ancient diet that Mother Nature intended... not full of additives, preservatives and flavorings in a fancy package.

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