However, your pet might not be so jealous. Although you might find it difficult to be apart from your pet for some time, your animal might find it more stressful to come along for the ride. Before deciding to take them with you, consider their emotional and health needs first.
What Options Are Available To You?
Bringing your pet along with you is always very tempting. However, there are some animals that are not well-suited for travel due to physical impairment, illness or temperament.
According to Mike and Amy of pet friendly vacation rentals, you should put the needs of your pet first: Consider where they will be happiest. “You might think your dog will not be able to stand being separate from you,” Mike says. “But if you are going to be on vacation, will you be leaving him in a strange kennel or hotel room? All that will do is make your pet even more anxious, so it most likely will be a better choice for you to find a pet sitter and leave him in the comforts of his own home.”
Cats don’t like change and it is not usually a good idea to take them on trips. Unless you will gone for a long period of time or are moving, find a pet sitter for your cat so he she won’t need to experience the stress of having to ride around in a crate for days or hours on end and adjust to a temporary and new living situation. Change can cause major stress for cats and can result in behavior issues.
Speak With Your Veterinarian
If you’re unsure of whether or not taking your pet with you when you travel is appropriate or not, discuss it with your veterinarian and also ensure that your animal is in good health and current on all of its vaccinations before you leave home. It will be necessary for your pet to get veterinary exams ahead of time for some types of destinations and travel.
If your veterinarian does believe your pet is well-suited for traveling, he can also prescribe a tranquilizer or sedative on a trial basis so that you can observe what effects the prescribed dosage has on your animal. Never give your pet any drugs that haven’t been to or prescribed by your vet.
If Your Pet Is Traveling With You
If you do decide to take your pet with you, be sure you have all the supplies you need for keeping comfortable. Also make sure you are familiar with any requirements or restrictions related to pets from hotels, destination states or countries and airlines.
Anytime you do travel with your pet, make sure to keep medical records and health certificate handy. It is especially important to have your pet’s rabies vaccination record with you.
We strongly discourage that you travel with your pet by air inside a plane’s cargo hold. It can be very stressful and dangerous.
If Your Pet Stays Home
If your pet is going to stay home and not travel, you should make arrangements to have a responsible relative or friend to watch your pet, hire a pet sitter or have them boarded at a kennel.
If you are going to have your pet boarded at a kennel, make sure you inspect the kennel personally and get references. A shelter in your area or your vet can help you find a reputable facility. If you have decided to hire a pet sitter, make sure that you check their references and also interview several prospects. Before leaving your cat or dog anywhere unfamiliar to you and your animal, make sure your pet has a microchip first. If your pet needs to be in familiar surroundings, is afraid of strangers or is elderly or timid, then it might be better to hire a pet sitter.
What Should Be Left With The Pet Sitter
If you have made arrangements for somebody to take care of your pet when you are gone, make sure to give your contact information to the sitter, the telephone number and name of your veterinarian, and the dietary and medical needs of your pet. Also ensure that your pet is comfortable with the individual you have selected by having the person visit your home a few times before you go on vacation.
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