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Planning Travel With A Pet

Anyone who has a pet will understand the stress it causes to travel with your pet There are many ways that this can be a more enjoyable travel experience for everyone.

Your cat can travel with you

The first thing to think about is a suitable cat carrier, ensure that it is safe and large enough to accommodate your cat.
Also, make sure that your cat is identified should they get out of their carriers. The best solution is to make sure that your cat has a microchip as it is a way to identify them. If this is your cat’s first journey , then a collar and tag should suffice until a microchip is inserted.
Once all of these are organized, the next difficult task is to get your cat inside the travel bag – much easier to do than say! One of the most effective methods of doing this is to place your cat backwards in the carrier in case it’s a front loading cat carrier, to ensure that they aren’t able to see the direction they’re heading to.
Introduce your cat to the carrier and put it away for a couple of days prior to the time they travel in order to make them comfortable with the idea of.
When your cat is inside the car, ensure that the cat is secure and the pet carrier doesn’t move because this could be stressful the cat. It could be beneficial to put the seatbelt in into the handles of the cat carrier and wrapping it in blankets.

Walking with your dog

Make sure you have a suitable car seat harness, or even a crate that you can allow your pet to travel in. some dogs have less anxiety when they feel secure inside the vehicle. The restraint techniques are also a way to keep other passengers inside the car protected when traveling.
It’s essential that you are aware of regulations for wearing tags and collars as well as the requirement for microchipping, which was implemented at the beginning of April in 2016. This is important when traveling in the event that your dog becomes anxious and runs away before or during the trip.
For many dogs, the primary reason for them to get in a vehicle is a visit to the vet which can be an anxious time for your pet. Therefore, it is recommended to get your dog used to the car and break the negative association they have with the vehicle. In the beginning, you can let your dog to stay in the car when it’s parked. Sit alongside your pet throughout the entire time the time, offering praise and/ treats. If they’re comfortable inside the vehicle, you can take your dog out to the ocean or to the local park, so that they are taught that traveling in the car isn’t just going to the vet.
Make sure that the entire experience is enjoyable for your pet.

Calming your pet

Pheromones

There are a variety of products that mimic the pheromone female dogs releases in order to soothe her newborn puppies following birth. The primary one is Adaptil. It comes in a spray bottle to spray your vehicle prior to a trip to ease the anxiety of your pet. For cats, there’s an item that mimics the feline facial pheromone known as Feliway that provides comfort to cats. This is available in a spray bottle and you can spray their vehicle and the carrier before your journey to alleviate stress. Talk to your doctor for more information.

Conditions inside the car

Certain pets are more comfortable when there’s ambient air and calm music or sounds inside the car. If you’re traveling with your pet, make sure that the windows are closed to much, as you do not want your dog to stick his head through the windows since this could result in head injuries for your dog. Certain dogs are also more secure in a cage and, sometimes, it’s better if the crate is enclosed.

Medication

Sometimes, regardless of the effort you make at calming your animal, they might still require medication. If this happens then you must call your vet’s office to schedule a visit with a veterinarian about the issue.

Travel sickness

Everyone is susceptible to getting sick on the road as can dogs and cats. In most cases, it can be cured by frequent short trips to desensitize and ensuring that the journey isn’t just about taking your pet to the vet or kennel. It might be worthwhile to start by making sure your pet isn’t eating large amounts of food for at least three hours prior to travel to decrease the possibility of vomiting in the course of travel. If your pet continues to vomit during travel, there are anti-sickness medicines available from your veterinarian.

Hyperactivity

Do you have your pet’s favorite bonkers inside the vehicle? Are they crying, whining and panting? They are showing symptoms of hyperactivity. If all the above methods for calming not worked, then contact your vet to seek advice.

Finally

Watches focused on road

Your focus should be on the road all the time and not focused in what your pet is doing. If you can, it’s ideal to have a second person beside you to keep your pet in a calm state.

Keep in mind that you’re not alone. There is advice available at the veterinary clinic near you to ensure a secure and peaceful trip for your pet wherever your travels might be.