Transporting your pet by plane, train, or automobile may or may not be a stressful experience. It all depends on how well you are prepared for it. Ever wonder if it is safe to transport your pet in a car? What about on a plane? What about in a boat? We have answers for you! This article will discuss the safety of each mode of transportation and how to prepare for them.
First and Foremost Know the Rules about Pets on Transportation
Before transporting your pet, be sure to familiarize yourself with the airline or transportation company’s regulations. Each mode of transport has their own set of rules and requirements that must be met in order for your pet to travel safely.
For Air Travel:
Each airline has different restrictions on what type of animal they will allow onboard, as well as the weight and size of the pet. Pets must be in a kennel that meets airline regulations for size and weight. The kennel must also be able to fit under the seat in front of you or in the overhead bin.
Some airlines do not allow pets to travel in cargo, so if you are flying with your pet, be sure to check with your airline.
In addition, there are health and safety regulations that must be met in order for an animal to travel by air. Pets must have a current rabies vaccination and a health certificate from a veterinarian within ten days of travel. For more information on traveling with pets by plane, visit the Airlines Pet Travel website.
Do Not Stress Out Your Pet Prior to Traveling
Anxiety can be easily spread to your pet. If you are stressed, then they will pick up on that energy and become anxious themselves. It is very important not to stress out prior to traveling with your pet! Be sure to provide them with plenty of exercise the day before your trip and keep their routine as normal as possible.
In The Car
If you are traveling by car, be sure to use a pet carrier that is properly secured in the vehicle. Use of a safety harness or seat belt is also recommended. If your pet will be riding in the front seat, use of a window guard is a must.
For Pets Riding In the Backseat
If your pet is traveling in the backseat, use of a pet carrier is recommended. If you are not using a carrier, be sure to put them in a harness and attach them to the seat belt. This will help keep them safe in case of an accident.
In The Train
If you are traveling by train, keep in mind that SOMETIMES there is no air conditioning on board. This can make the travel very hot and uncomfortable for your pet. It is recommended to find an air conditioned car or one of the cars with open windows if possible.
In The Boat
If you are taking your pet on a boat, be sure to use a pet carrier that is secure and will not tip over. In addition, be sure to keep your pet away from the edge of the boat. This is especially important if you are travelling with a dog, as they have a natural instinct to jump overboard.
If you are travelling by boat with a cat, remember that they can jump out of an open window or door. Be sure to keep all windows and doors closed while travelling.
Be Prepared For Emergencies
No matter how well you prepare for your pet’s trip, there is always the possibility of an emergency happening. Be sure to have a plan in place for every possibility, including natural disasters and allergic reactions.
When travelling by plane or boat, take precautions so that your pet can breathe freely if there is an emergency. Have the necessary supplies at hand just in case something happens while you are traveling with them. It’s much easier to travel safe than try to fix a problem while on the go.