Summer adventures are right around the corner, but if you’re a pet parent who prefers to travel with their beloved companion, planning expansive trips can be difficult. Avoid common travel dilemmas by considering these few tips to maximize you and your pets comfort on long car rides, flights or other modes of travel.
1. Bring Food and Water From Home — Don’t rely on roadside convenience shops to nourish your pet on a long road trip. Make sure you have plenty of their everyday food with you and make sure to pack travel dishes for Fido as well
2. Call Ahead — Airlines, hotels, rental cars; many arrangements can be made much easier with a simple phone call. Automated booking may be easiest for lone travelers, but you can learn very specific regulations and guidelines by having a conversation with a booking agent, hotel manager or flight attendant.
3. Travel on a (Mostly) Empty Stomach — Your pet is far less likely to get airsick on an empty stomach. Limit large meals on travel days in favor of a few small treats. If your flight is particularly long, feed your pampered pet a smaller amount than normal approximately two hours before you leave.
4. Visit The Vet — Before embarking on your big summer trip, pay a visit to your trusted vet to review any potential travel issues your pet may have. Your vet may update prescriptions pre travel or provide medications that mae travel easier for timid or anxious pets.
Letting the team at Gresham Animal Hospital care for your pets is one of the best things you can do for their health. Our team is skilled, professional, and willing to work with your pet’s specific needs to ensure a quality experience is had by both pets and pet parents alike.