Summer is almost upon us! How many of you have travel plans this summer? Chances are, many of you do, and some of you are probably taking your pet along with you. The team at Johl & Company in Westwood, NJ wants to share some pet safety tips with you for when your four legged friends are traveling this summer.
First and foremost, you should try to avoid air travel with your pets. Unless your pet is small enough to fit under your seat, a car ride is a much better (and less stressful) situation for them.
However, if you do have to fly with your pet, you should always try to book a direct flight. If your pet has to be transferred from one plane to another, there is a chance that they could be mishandled, handled roughly, or placed on the tarmac during adverse weather.
Additionally, you should purchase a shipping crate that is big enough for your pet, and is USDA-approved. Your pet should have room to move around if they need, stand up, and lay down in their shipping crate. You should also include a towel or some bedding for your pet to sleep, or to absorb any accident. Also, make sure you put a little dry food in their crate in the event of a layover.
The better option for traveling with your pet this summer, is to travel by car. However, traveling with your pet by car still requires more than just getting them in a seat and going!
Prior to your trip, you should take your pet on several shorter trips so they can grow accustomed to riding in the car. Additionally, you should prepare a travel kit for your pet. This kit should include food, their leash, tools/supplies to pick up their waste, medication, and any documents (like vaccination records) for your pet.
Similar to flying, we recommend your pet ride in crate while in the car. This crate should follow the same specifications as a crate you would get them for flying. However, a crate is not always necessary while traveling by car. If you opt to not use a crate, make sure you have a good way to secure your pet to a seatbelt.
Finally, you should never leave your pet alone in a parked car. In summer, it gets hot, and this could affect your pet’s health.
Safe travels this summer, enjoy your vacations, and make sure you practice good pet safety!