As a fur-parent, it is practically impossible for some to leave their pets alone at home. Especially for a long period of time.
The love and attachment between you and your pets makes it difficult to plan getaways or go on vacations simply because we cannot bear to leave our pets alone. However, with a little planning and patience, it is highly possible to bring your pets along for the holidays.
The first thing to consider is the form of transportation. Are you traveling via car, a plane or train? For each form of transport, here will be a different restraint to keep your pet safe.
For instance, in driving, a safety harness or a barricade on the backseat is important.
If you have small dog, seat booster with a leash can be also great option.
Make sure these restraints allow your pets to breathe easily, too. As for travelling via plane, it is important to check with your airline.
Airlines often have a strict set of rules when it comes to pets on-board. It solely depends on the breed and size of the dog, plus the carrier you are planning to use. There will also be some excess baggage fees for this, so you will need to ask the airline first.
When it comes to toilet stops, make sure you allow some extra time on you schedule for toilet breaks and exercise breaks - if you are driving. Pack plenty of water, food and snacks. Bring your pet’s water bowl, food tray, leash and toys.
If you’re traveling via road vehicle, make sure you also buy shade screen for the windows in the back of your car. It is also important to find places which accommodate pets. These pet-friendly accommodations can be easily found on the internet.
There are plenty of dog-friendly Bed & Breakfasts, farm stays, camping and caravan parks to find. Make sure you book in advance. However, before you book, check the in-house rules, first.
Check which kinds of animals they allow, whether you need to bring your pet’s own bed, etc. These are just some of the most important things you need to do in able to enjoy a vacation with your pet.
Have a great vacation!