One of the "basics" on pet travel is to practice safety. Another way to practice safety is to restrain your pet with a harness. I have parrots and when I take my parrots out for a trip, each bird has its own travel cage. The travel cages are restrained with a seat belt.
Remember that your pet will also need to take a "potty break" too. Not so for my parrots, they go when they want to in their cages.
Your pet will also love to have something from home as they will take comfort in this and will ensure you a much more pleasant trip. I pack my parrots favorite treats and along with their favorite toy and snugger.
Some things to do prior your trip is to:
- See your veterinarian to be sure your pet is fit for travel and that they're current on their vaccinations. Be sure to ask for health certificates and vaccination records for out of state travel.
- Make sure their ID tags are current. Make sure the tags are readable as well as their rabies tag. Be sure to tag your pet and their crate with the destination address and destination phone number
- Prevent dehydration by packing plenty of water. Collapsible food bowls make traveling convenient for feeding and watering. Look for the Handi Drink Pet Water Bottle.
- Don't forget their medications and supplements.
- Have a first aid kit handy in case of an emergency.
- Prior your departure, exercise your pet. This will help them to sleep better. When you stop for a break have them exercise again.
- You can prevent car sickness by feeding your pet four hours earlier prior leaving. Then 2 hours before you leave feed only a small amount of food.
- If your pet is anxious about travel, try soothing non-prescription products like Rescue Remedy or Ultra Calm.
- Groom your pet. To prevent injury and snags in the crate, have their toe nails trimmed.
- You can keep cleanup a breeze by using car seat covers to keep your car seats free from hair shed.
Actually these travel tips may be used year round. May you and your family and friends have a very happy and safe trip if your traveling during the Christmas season and the coming New Year. Remember it's always better to arrive alive at your final destination.
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