Planning a trip with your pet? Here are the dos and don’ts to make your journey easier
While travelling with your pet, ensure you keep dog wipes, water bowls, food treats and essentials to make the trip memorable for you and your furry friends, say experts. Rashi Narang, creative director at Heads Up For Tails, and Amol Sharma, founder at PetSutra, list essential tips:
* Avoid feeding your pet food or water right before you set out. The moving vehicle may induce vomit if your pet has just eaten. Give your pet water frequently but in less quantity. This will keep them hydrated.
* If it’s a road trip, make a pit stop every few hours to let your pet step out of the car and attend to nature’s call, if required. It will also help them get some air and relieve nausea.
* Do not overfeed your pet and keep food restricted to basics. Keep a few treats handy to satiate your pet’s urge to eat/out of turn hunger pangs.
* Carry a portable or foldable food and water bowl for your pet as they do not occupy any space and have negligible weight. They are also easy to clean up after meals and can easily fit into your handbag.
* Carry plenty of dog wipes to wipe off your pet’s face and paws that may have caught on dust/dirt due to being in the outdoors.
* Since it’s nearly impossible to carry your animal’s bed with you during travel, you can carry a rolled up mat instead which works as a good substitute to a bed and ensures your pet has his own space to rest.
* Carrying basic and necessary medicines is important as you may not always find suitable emergency medicines for your furry friend at your place of travel.
* Being crated is as important for pets as seat belts and are paramount for human safety. It is safest to have your pet crated to avoid any mishap in case of sudden braking. Plus, if your pet moves around too much, it could be a big distraction for the driver. In case you are averse to the idea of crating, ensure that the pet is in the rear section of the vehicle with someone along with him/her.
* In case you are flying, there are certain norms of transportation which need to be adhered to, but try to ensure you too are boarded on the same flight. Most cabin crews are aware if there are pets on board and they can be of help.
* While choosing an accommodation, ensure it is pet-friendly. It’s always good to take your animal for a quick walk when you reach the destination. This would help reduce anxiety. Carry a potty scooper and some disposal bags. It reflects very poorly if you litter the entire place.
* Carry some accessories such as a collar and leash, your pet’s favourite toy and a wearable tracker.
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