The pet traveller

If you love to travel but can’t bear the thought of leaving your dear pet alone when you go on holiday, consider the options available for travelling with pets. It’s important to be aware that pet travel is not always an easy undertaking and some logistical planning and preparation is essential to guarantee the safety and comfort of your pet. Petcover has compiled a list of tips to ensure all goes smoothly when travelling with your animal companion.

Find a pet-friendly airline

If you are travelling by plane, check the airline’s policies on pet transportation before you book your tickets. Enquire into the cabin space and services offered on various airlines as you want the experience to be comfortable for your pet (particularly if they are first time flyers). Fortunately, many airlines now offer affordable pet travel services and in some cases will even allow small pets as carry-on luggage. The trick is to shop around and find the best travel option for your pet.

Invest in some essential travel accessories

Long trips to unfamiliar environments can be stressful for pets. Soothe their nerves (and yours) by having all their creature comforts and essentials on hand. Portable feed bowls, toys, blankets, a first-aid kit and animal clothing (if you’re going somewhere cold and/or want your animal to look stylish) are all items to add to your list. A portable carrier is also a great investment if you suspect you’ll be spending a lot of time in transit and want a convenient way of transporting your pet.

Get your paperwork sorted

Depending on where you’re going and the type of animal you’re taking with you, there is likely to be some paperwork you will have to fill out. Quarantine provisions, health certificates, import and export papers are all things you need to be across to avoid getting in trouble with the authorities. Although it’s a tiresome chore, don’t forget to get it done as the last thing you want when you’re on holidays is to be accused of harboring an illegal pet! Another smart thing to do is carry around a record of your pet’s vaccination records (think of it like your pet’s passport) so you have it on hand in case you need it.

Research your destination

Transporting your pet is the first hurdle but also make sure you are prepared when you arrive. Suss out local veterinarians and make sure you are staying in pet-friendly accommodation. Disruptions in routine can be stressful for pets so it’s a good idea to spend some quality time with them in the first few days to help them adjust to their new environment.

Taking your pet with you on holidays does not have to be a logistical nightmare. The key takeaway message for successful pet travel is planning, planning, planning. It may seem like a bit of work at first but if you hate being separated from your beloved pet for any length of time than it will all be worth it. Before long your pet will be a seasoned and worldly traveller!