Traveling with a furry companion is both an exciting and challenging task for any puppy parent to take on. From ID tags to airlines, there are numerous things to consider when traveling with your pup, but the most important one is your puppy’s comfort and safety. Here are some tips you can follow so that your pet’s wants and needs are met as you both explore the world.
Pack the necessary items and gear
When it comes to packing items for your trip, packing for your pup is an entirely different beast to tackle. You should always bring plenty of dog food, snacks, medications (if required), toys, blankets, water, waste bags and other items you think they will need during your trip.
If you’re traveling to an area that’s cold or snowy, make sure to purchase a puppy vest or sweater to keep them warm and cozy. This is also useful if your furry friend is inside a chilly airplane cabin. The same goes for a trip to a hot destination—a cooling vest would be the best way to keep your puppy cool under the sun.
Make sure your pup has the proper ID
When you’re traveling out into the world with your fur-baby, you should always assume the unexpected to happen. A puppy can easily escape and run off, especially if it’s in an unfamiliar place.
To ensure your pup’s safety, you should have them microchipped. You should also have your pup wear outside tags with up-to-date information about them. This can help you locate your furball faster, should they get lost.
Check airline breed restrictions
Not all puppies are equal when it comes to air travel. Some pup breeds are not physically able to travel by air such as bulldogs, Boston terriers, boxers, chows, and pugs. Why? Well, they’re brachycephalic breeds, which means they’re short-headed and snub-nosed. This makes them susceptible to any changes in temperature and humidity, and therefore, difficult to travel with on an airplane.
Most airlines restrict these breeds from flying, so before you make traveling plans with your furry companion and purchase tickets, check that your chosen airline accepts your puppy’s breed as well as any regulations they require to accommodate your pet’s needs.
Always carry your pet’s paperwork
Don’t ever forget to keep your pet’s paperwork with you, in case of any emergencies. This is especially important in foreign countries as they likely have their own rules and regulations with tourist’s pets.
Your pet’s paperwork should include an import permit to let your puppy into your destination of choice, a health certificate that provides an overview of your pup’s health and meets the country’s requirements, and any other necessary documents required.
Things to consider for each mode of travel
Whether you’re traveling by car, airplane, ship, or train, you as a puppy parent must accommodate your fur-baby to make the experience less stressful and consider any potential hazards/problems you may encounter in your travels.
- Traveling by car. When traveling by car, always make sure your puppy isn’t roaming the inside while you drive. You should also never leave your furball alone in the car no matter the reason, and always take rest stops so that they may relieve themselves.
- Traveling by air. You should remember that air travel for any pup breed is risky, even if your puppy isn’t brachycephalic. While most pets turn out fine during the cargo hold process, some pets aren’t so lucky. You should be aware that some animals can die, be injured, or lost in transit. To make the flying experience less strenuous, check that your airline will allow you to fly with your furry friend.
- Traveling by ship or train. Similar precautions should be taken when traveling by ship or train. Never make assumptions but always make sure your pup is comfortable.
With or without your puppy at your side, traveling can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Before you book your trip, consider your puppy’s personality and needs. Unless you’re planning to constantly spend your time with your fur-ball during your trip, you should consider leaving them right at home or in a kennel for the time being. This will help keep you and your pup happy, even if you’re on opposite ends of the world.
To learn how to properly take your puppy to the vet, check out our other blog: Make your Fur-baby’s Vet Visit Successful.