Now that the world is starting to open once again, with millions being vaccinated a day. We begin to make plans for our family, and of course, that includes our doggy. Travelling can be hectic for most and bringing our doggy with us seems like a lot of work and time, but it’s quite easy to make it happen. Here is some information you may need if you’re thinking of going on an adventure with your most beloved doggy.
• Prepare Your Documents
You’ll need your dog’s health records on hand if you want to cross borders or travel internationally (sort of like us humans and our passports). These are required to confirm that your dog is healthy and up to date on his vaccinations. Officials may request to see them, and depending on who you deal with, they may keep the originals or create a copy. Additionally, if you need to see a new veterinarian while traveling abroad, you’ll be able to supply them with your pet’s medical history.
As a result, it’s recommended to carry numerous copies of your doggys’ medical documents and vet information with you at all times. A virtual copy on your phone, as well as printed ones, are the best to keep close.
Be ready in case of an emergency. Find the number of the nearest 24-hour veterinary emergency hospital and program it into your phone, along with your normal veterinarian’s office and emergency number (in case the veterinarians need to speak with each other). That way, if your dog requires medical attention, you’ll be prepared with the appropriate information.
A crate is a great way to keep your dog safe while driving and is essential for airplane travel. It can help keep your pet out of trouble whether staying at a hotel or visiting your host’s home. Crates can be found in most pet supply stores. When buying, look for the following features:
• Enough space for the dog to stand, turn, and lie down comfortably.
• Durable, with handles and grips, and no protrusions on the inside.
• Bottom with absorbent substance and a leak-proof seal.
• Ventilation on both sides, with outside rims or knobs to prevent airflow from becoming obstructed.
• A label with arrows pointing up, and the owner’s name, address, and phone number.
• Put a comfortable pad in the crate, along with your dog’s favorite toy and a water bottle, and your dog is ready to leave.
• By Car
The safest mode of transportation for your dog in the automobile is in a crate secured to the vehicle with a seat belt or other secure method. Doggy restraints or seat belts are great for keeping your dog from wandering around the car and distracting the driver, but they haven’t been proven to keep dogs safe in a crash.
• By Plane
When selecting whether or not to fly your pet, we urge that you consider all of the dangers. Animals with “pushed in” faces (medical term: “brachycephalic”), such as bulldogs, pugs, and Persian cats, are particularly vulnerable to air travel. Because of their narrow nasal passages, they are particularly susceptible to oxygen deprivation and heat stroke.
• By Ship
Only a few cruise lines, with the exception of assistance dogs, allow pets, and usually only on ocean passages. Some cruise lines allow pets in individual staterooms, although most keep them in kennels. Inquire ahead of time about your cruise line’s policies and which ships have kennel facilities. If you must use the ship’s kennel, ensure sure it is weatherproof and that you keep an eye on your pet.
• By Train
Pets are now permitted on some Amtrak trains, and service animals are permitted on all routes. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) supports the Pets on Trains Act (H.R. 674), which would allow passengers to bring their cherished pets on selected Amtrak trains. Some tiny railroad companies in the United States may allow animals on board. In several European countries, pets are allowed on trains. Passengers are generally responsible for feeding and exercising their dogs at station stops.
Traveling with your doggy requires the same effort as humans. We hope this article shared some insights into your future plans. Safe travels!