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A Pain in the Pet: Tips for Pet Transport

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Summer. A time for insufferable heat, bored children, bare schedules and best of all, travel plans.

The summer months are statistically some of the highest months for travel, whether you’re moving while the kids aren’t in school or just taking a summer vacation, we know you’re going to uproot and unwind for a little while and for this type of release, the whole family should be invited…even the furry members.

Many stories of escaped or injured animals have been shared so we want to help you get your best paw forward before loading up!

  1. Make sure your pet is microchipped and wearing a collar with accurate contact information.
    Should your fur baby escape from the confines of your pet-friendly hotel, rental home or bolt during a potty stop, it’s important to help them get back home. An ID tag is the first line of defense, but should something happen and the collar become separated from your pet, a microchip will help get them home. Contact your local veterinarian or animal shelter for more information about microchipping your pets.
  2. Much like people, avoid allowing them to eat or drink too much before loading.
    Your pooch will need potty breaks just like you and your family. Keep them hydrated, but don’t fill them up and make sure you know how your animal communicates “their need” so you can ensure there are no accidents.
  3. Secure your animal for travel.
    Whether you are traveling by car or plane, it’s a good idea to use a crate for your furry friend. If there isn’t enough space for a travel carrier, consider a dog seat belt! Affordably priced and available across the nation, you can secure dog so they can’t distract you while you’re driving, keep them safe in the event of an accident, or ensure they are secure when stopping for a potty break so you don’t worry about them bolting.If your animal is anxious, grab some lavender oil to take on the ride. Lather your hands and give your pooch a massage – lavender oil has a natural calming effect, which could be the difference between pleasure and pain in travel.IMPORTANT: Remember to NEVER leave your pet locked in a hot car for even a couple minutes.
  4. Much like people, avoid allowing them to eat or drink too much before loading.
    Your pooch will need potty breaks just like you and your family. Keep them hydrated, but don’t fill them up and make sure you know how your animal communicates “their need” so you can ensure there are no accidents.
  5. Once you’ve arrived at your destination….
    Take a nice, long walk. When entering a home or hotel in which you are liable for Fluffy’s behavior, it’s a good idea to introduce it after you’ve spent some of their energy. Remember, Fluffy is just as excited to be there as you are so if you take care of that edge in the beginning, the transition will be easier for all.

Enjoy your trip and let us know how it goes. We’d love to see some photos of how you and your pet travel together. Tweet us: @glassdoctor1!

Photo Credit: Photo by Eselsmann.