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Traveling with pets by car or plane It should not be a stressful adventure for you or your pet. Whether you travel by car or by plane, the journey can be more comfortable and safe by applying a few simple tips with which your pet will gain comfort and well-being.
- Short-nosed breeds: Each airline has its own policy regarding pets, so it is best to do some research before you travel. For example, the American Delta Air Lines does not allow snub-nosed or upturned dogs or cats to be checked in. This category would include dogs of breeds such as the American / English / French bulldog, pit bull, boxer, mastiff, Pekingese or the Burnian, exotic, Himalayan or Persian cats.
- Medical history: some airlines ask for official documentation that guarantees the pet's health. Always have all the certificates with vaccines and health records at hand and well organized, even if the company does not require them. They will also serve you in an emergency.
- A little exercise before flying: special recommendation for dogs. Go for a good walk before getting on the plane so that the animal can discharge all its energy. He will get tired and will likely take a good part of the flight to sleep. If you do not have time to take it yourself, you can hire a special service, which will take your dog for a walk throughout the day and will leave him with just enough energy to get on the plane ... and sleep.
- Make sure the animals are well restrained: Depending on the size of the dogs, they can travel in the trunk with a protective net or tied in the back seat with a special seat belt.
- Custom cages: Smaller animals can be transported in a cage with a soft base and a mattress so that they can sleep comfortably. Its size must be adapted to the dimensions of the pet and it is advisable to tie it with a leash or seat belt.
- Wait until the end: it is often convenient to remove the cage at the last minute, just before leaving the house. If they are not very used to traveling, you will avoid fights to convince them to enter.
- Stretch your legs and drink: If the drive is long and your pet is a dog, stop often so that it can run a bit. Remember to also hydrate it, especially in summer!
- Medication: If the animal is nervous, you can give him sleeping pills to make the trip more peaceful ... after carefully reading the drug leaflet. If you travel by plane, I recommend that you check with your vet.
- Know the environment: cats are animals that need time to adapt to their new environment. When you arrive at your destination, it is advisable to let the animal familiarize itself with the hotel room or apartment and the surroundings. After a while, he will surely feel at home and you can let him walk on his own to discover his favorite corners where he can take a nap or play with his favorite ball. Leave a window or door open so he can go out for a walk and become the new boss of the town.
What should be done:
- If despite all the previous advice you are not going to take your dog on a trip, try to make a couple of visits before the trip so that he becomes familiar with the kennel or the foster home and is more comfortable and safe when the time comes to quit.
- If you are going to travel by plane, call and reserve a place for your pet. Many airlines limit the number of animals allowed per flight, so you better make sure that yours is one of those with a reserved seat.
- Remember to attach your pet's updated identification tags to their collar.
- In collective transport (bus, train, plane, cruise), whenever possible choose direct routes. Remember to also bring toys to entertain them.
- Your dog or cat does not mind enjoying the local cuisine, so try to keep eating habits as similar to those you have at home. Especially in summer, remember to hydrate it often and if it is left -or you can- try to refresh it from time to time with a dip or a good shower.
What not to do:
- Sedating your pet can be risky and even a little dangerous, especially during flights. Sedatives and height are a bad combination, so better avoid giving any medication unless you have a prescription from your veterinarian.
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