Memorial Day symbolizes the start of summer for you and your pet. Before you start planning trips to the beach and summer getaways, keep in mind that it’s important to plan ahead for pet travel and always keep the best interests of your furry, four-legged friend in mind. Traveling with your pet can be a wonderful and bonding experience or a not so pleasant one. It’s all a matter of proper planning and preparation.
Here are the top tips to ensure your Memorial Day getaway with your pet is a safe one.
No Heads Out the Window: Although many pets find that sticking their head out the window is the best part of the road trip, it’s not safe. Your pet can easily be injured by flying debris. This should go without saying, but NEVER travel with a pet in the back of a pickup truck. Some states have laws restricting such transport and it is always dangerous.
Frequent Pit Stops: Always provide frequent bathroom and exercise breaks. Most travel service areas have designated areas for walking your pet. Be sure to stay in this area particularly when you pet needs a potty break, and of course, bring along a bag to pick up after your pet. When outside your vehicle, make sure that your pet is always on a leash and wearing a collar with a permanent and temporary travel identification tag.
Proper Hydration: During your pit stops be sure to provide your pet with some fresh water to wet their whistle. Occasionally traveling can upset your pet’s stomach. Take along ice cubes, which are easier on your pet than large amounts of water.
Watch the Food Intake: It is recommended that you keep feeding to a minimum during travel. Be sure to feed them their regular pet food and resist the temptation to give them some of your fast food burger or fries (that never has a good ending!).
Don’t Leave Them Alone: Never leave your pet unattended in a parked vehicle. On warm days, the temperature in your vehicle can rise to 120 degrees in minutes, even with the windows slightly open. In addition, an animal left alone in a vehicle is an open invitation to pet thieves.
Practice Restraint: Be sure that your pet is safely restrained in your vehicle. Utilizing apet safety harness, travel kennel, vehicle pet barrier, or pet car seat are the best ways to keep your pet safe. They not only protect your pet from injury, but they help by keeping them from distracting you as you drive. A safety harness functions like a seatbelt. While most pets will not have a problem adjusting to it, you may want to let them wear the harness by itself a few times before using it in the vehicle. If your pet prefers a travel kennel, be sure it is well ventilated and stabilized. Many pet owners prefer vehicle barriers, particularly for larger pets. Vehicle barriers are best suited for SUVs. Smaller pets are best suited for pet car seats. The car seat is secured in the back seat using a seat belt and your pet is secured in the car seat with a safety harness. In addition to it’s safety features, a pet car seat will prop up your smaller pet, allowing them to better look out the window. No matter what method you choose, back seat travel is always safer for your pet.
Safe and Comfortable: Whatever method you choose to properly restrain your pet in your vehicle, be sure to make their comfort a priority. Just as it’s important for your “seat” to be comfortable for your long road trip, your pet’s seat should be comfortable too. Typically their favorite blanket or travel bed will do the trick. There are also some safe and very cozy pet car seats available that your pet may find quite comfy.
Careful preparation is the key to ensuring that you and your pet have a happy and safe trip.
TripsWithPets.com is the #1 online resource for pet travel. It was named BEST pet travel site by Consumer Reports! TripsWithPets.com offers resources to ensure pets are welcome, happy, and safe when traveling. The website features a directory of pet friendly hotels & accommodations across the U.S. and Canada, airline & car rental pet policies, dog friendly beaches, search by route, pet travel tips, pet travel supplies, along with other pet travel resources.
If you’re an avid All Dog Blog follower (props to you! :) ), you’re probably aware that we haven’t been spending as much time here as usual finding you good deals, sharing articles, product reviews, and all-a-round great dog stuff! Yes, yes…we know you’re sad, we’re sad too! But alas, the reign of silence is about to come to an end! The future hubs and I have been building our first-ever dream home since October and she’s finally finished! We close Friday, and we couldn’t be more excited about it. Bubbs knows something is up with all the boxes lying around, and his toy getting packed up, and not much room to run and play (not there was much to begin with!), but has yet to see his new diggs and very own backyard to run and bark and do his business! We couldn’t be more excited for him and his kitty brother, and for us too of course! It’s been a lot of hard work to finally get here and it’s still pretty surreal that all of this is happening. I’m mostly excited about finally having space for a desk and work space of my own to work instead of the couch in front of the tv!
Since we’re in the process of moving and our lives are being thrown to the boxes, we felt it was only appropriate to have a great guest post by TripsWithPets.com! A Moving Guide For Pets! There’s some really great tips! Luckily we’re moving on 10 minutes away from where we are now so we’re just making sure Bubbs has his seat belt on!
TripsWithPets Launches Pets On-the-Move:
A Moving Guide for Pets
South Portland, Maine – May 4, 2011 – TripsWithPets knows how challenging moving to a new home and a new town can be, especially when the move involves a beloved family pet. In order to meet the needs of families facing this difficult transition, TripsWithPets is excited to announce the launch of Pets on-the-Move: A Moving Guide for Pets,www.tripswithpets.com/petmove. This free online moving guide is jam-packed with everything a family needs to know in order to successfullymove with their pet.
Pets On-the-Move offers the following helpful information and resources:
Pet Relocation Service: If the move is international or cross-country, or if flying or driving with your pet just isn’t an option, a pet relocation service may be a wise choice. This section provides information about securing a reputable company as well as helpful tips to narrow down which one to choose.
Airline Pet Policies: There are a lot of regulations regarding flying with pets. This section displays a list of airlines and directly links to that specific airline’s policies.
Search by Route: Due to a massive request for this service, users can simply enter the departure and destination cities and a list of all the pet friendly hotels (and other pet friendly properties) within a 3 or 5 mile radius of the route are returned. This is perfect for those families driving to their new homes and need to know where they can stop with their pets along the way.
Tips, tips, and more tips: There are a hundred and one things to remember when moving with a pet. The guide covers everything from what to prepare for before the move to advice on making sure furry family members are comfortable in their new surroundings.
Pet Moving Essentials: You name it…pet travel crates and kennels, pet seat belts, vehicle pet barriers, and pet car seats…Pets On-the-Move includes all the pet travel supplies you’ll need.
“Pets On-the-Move is our answer to all of the inquiries we receive on a regular basis from people moving with their pets. Over 89 million US and Canadian households have pets but there wasn’t a well-defined resource out there that we could send people to, so we made our own,” said Kim Salerno, President of TripsWithPets. “This guide is perfect not only for the families who are moving, but for real estate agents, moving companies, local chambers of commerce – any organization that’s involved in the moving process and wants to better serve their clients!”
TripsWithPets designed Pets On-the-Move: A Moving Guide for Pets to be a one-stop shop for moving families to get all the information they need to make sure their furry friends are cared for, happy, and safe every step of the way to their new home. To learn more visit,www.tripswithpets.com/petmove.
TRIPSwithPETS.com is the premier online guide for pet travel – offering resources to ensure that pets are welcome, happy, and safe when traveling. Visit www.tripswithpets.com, to find a directory of pet friendly accommodations across the U.S. and Canada, airline pet policies, pet travel tips, pet travel supplies, along with other valuable pet travel resources.
Have you ever had a major move with your pets? Across country or states away? We’d love to hear your stories and tips on moving with pets! Send them in or comment below!
We have a great, and very informative guest post, by Dr. Spector, DVM, full of great tips on traveling with your pups this summer! Bubbs comes with us whenever we leave town, so before we leave we are always sure to double check we have everything he needs or may need during the trip.
Read the following article for some great tips before jet-setting off with your pup:
Pet Travel Tips, by Dr. Donna J. Spector, BS, DVM, DACVIM
Count your pet in this summer when you make your travel plans! Pet friendly hotels, campgrounds and other summer vacation facilities recognize that “family vacation” just wouldn’t be the same without Fido and Sylvester!!
Being prepared will ensure your summer trip is a fabulous pet vacation as well! Things to keep in mind:
What type of trip are you taking? If you plan on spending most of your time outdoors; on the beach, hiking in the woods, taking long leisurely bike rides and having dinner on the grill….your dog will have a great time. If you are planning on touring buildings (museums, etc), taking guided tours, visiting the spa, and dining out on the town….your dog may be bored to tears….or worse, destruction of a hotel room. Even well-behaved dogs can exhibit unsavory behavior in strange places.
Inquire about local leash and dog laws…can your dog be on the beach? In the woods? On or off leash? Is he allowed at outdoor cafes and restaurants?
Have you inquired about pet friendly hotels or facilities in your vacation area? Facilities run the gamut from being “no pets allowed” to “pet tolerant” to “pet friendly”. Pet tolerant facilities often require a deposit and there is usually no special treatment for your dog or cat. Pet friendly hotels and facilities usually go out of their way—offering special treats at check-in, play programs, day care and sometimes even special spa treats and turndown service for your pet. Call ahead to get details and to reserve a space for your pet.
Is there a local pet day care in the places you are going? This may be fun for your dog while you are out to dinner or getting that massage!
If you are flying, call the airline and reserve a space for your pet. There is a fee and there are a limited number of pets on each flight. Depending on your pet’s size, they may be unable to fly in the cabin and this will require further information from the airline. You might also be interested in checking out Pet Airways (www.petairways.com), the world’s first pet-only airline!
Visit your VCA veterinarian. Make sure your pet is current on his vaccinations, as well as flea, tick, parasite and heartworm prevention. Make sure your pet has been micro-chipped. This will enable identification if he ever gets lost. Get a health certificate and all of his vaccination tags. If your pet has a medical condition, take a copy of pertinent medical records in the event of an emergency. If possible, identify a veterinarian in the area where you will be vacationing. VCA Animal Hospitals are located nationwide: http://www.vcahospitals.com/main/directory.html
Extra collar and leash—in case the original gets wet, torn or lost
Identification tags—make sure there is a cell phone number on the tags in the event your pet gets lost
Medication—bring any prescription or non-prescription medication your pet is taking
Pet First Aid Kit—ask your veterinarian what to include for your particular pet. Good things to include are benadryl (diphenhydramine), triple antibiotic ointment, general antiseptic (nolvasan or betadine), bandage material (sterile gauze and a wrapping material), tweezers (for tick removal from pets or people if needed!), emergency veterinary contact information
One of the most popular airlines, Southwest, announced Friday that the will now be allowing pets to travel with us on board! Yay! I personally enjoy traveling with Southwest, and now my Bubby Boo can enjoy the comforts of flying with me! They are are calling the program P.A.W.S, or Pets Are Welcome on Southwest, and will only be allowing small cats and dogs in carriers that can fit under the passenger’s seat. The charge per carrier will be $75 one-way or $150 for roundtrip, but you will only be allowed one carrier per person. Each carrier can have two dogs or two cats (only if they are comfortable and get along please!), however, they won’t be allowing pets in the cargo section of the plane so larger pets who don’t fit in a small carrier can’t be accepted.
I’ve heard of some complaints from several people about this, especially those with allergies are a bit concerned. Currently, I seems that they will be having a 5 pet limit per flight so those who are sensitive to pet dander aren’t overwhelmed. Good idea! And don’t think you’ll be able to have your pet sit on your lap during the flight! Your pet will have to spend the entire time in the carrier for the safety of the other passengers and pets, and the will be enforcing this throughout your flight.
For a complete list of P.A.W.S. policies, go HERE.
If you are planning on traveling by plane, and wish to have your pet accompany you, now you can consider using Southwest Airlines!
I’m usually not big on flying, never really have been, but when I heard about this new airline that caters only to pets I HAD to check it out. Was it true? Sure enough, a new company called Pet Airways has officially taken to the skies. Complete with a ‘Drop-off Lounge’, ‘Pet Attendant’, and a system to track your pet in the air, Pet Airways seems to have thought of everything that owners want when having their dog or cat accompany them around the country.
Starting at a fee of $149 smackaroos (each way), your pet can get a first-class ticket (no more riding in cargo!) to either New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Denver, and Los Angeles in the United States. Since this is still a new service, not all cities are on route, but they want to eventually fly to YOUR city, or will help you make arrangements to do so!
The planes used are small 19 passenger planes called Beech 1900s, and have had all the furnishings removed to make room for carriers and crates that are safely secured for your pet to travel in style. I’m still not sure how I feel about the small planes, but at least it will keep infectious diseases to a minimum.