5 Tips for Traveling With Pets

Make the trip pleasant for you and your pet.

By Mathew S. Chan
March 03, 2016

Travel Pets

If you are a pet owner who loves to travel, you have most likely thought about bringing your furry friend with you on one of your trips. If you are worried about the dangers and hazards there might be for you and your pet, here are a few tips to remember (take note that these tips are mostly applicable for cats and dogs only).

1. Find the right hotel.
The first problem you might think of is looking for a place to stay that will allow pets. Believe it or not, but there are a lot of hotels these days that are pet friendly. You can research and check your preferred hotel, but online travel agencies like TravelBook.ph, of course, have filters you can use to sort out accommodations that are pet friendly to make booking much easier.

2. Get your pet moving before the trip.
If you plan on putting your pet in a crate during a long haul flight or just keeping him in a small space for an extended period of time, the best thing you can do is to walk or play with him before traveling. By doing so, he will easily stay still or just sleep during the entire trip, lessening the possibility of encountering any problems. Think small children, but pets.

3. Take breaks.
If you’re going on a road trip, it is best to take breaks every once in a while. Use these times as well to feed your pet. Don’t try to feed him while on the road so that you won’t get distracted while driving. You should also walk your pet while on break so that he can stretch out a bit. Sitting in a car for long periods can also be bad for him.

4. Bring your pet's favorite stuff.
Depending on how friendly your pet is, he can be either comfortable or not when in new places. To make sure that he remains calm, create an environment that will remind him of home by bringing some of his favorite things: a toy, dog bowl, or blanket. Bringing your pet's favorite things also helps if he becomes rowdy in the car or plane as this can make him feel relaxed.

5. Make sure your pet's shots are up to date.
Another important thing to remember is make sure that your pet’s vaccines are up to date. Your pet needs to be healthy before traveling since a new environment or place can make him sick. Make sure that he gets his anti-rabies shot in case of an untoward incident like when he plays too rough with a fellow pet or accidentally scratches or bites another person.