Traveling with a pet is not always easy. There are a lot of considerations to take into account such as what type of pet, how many pets, the destination, and the length of the trip. Pets are not allowed on most airlines, so you will need to find an alternative way to travel. The key responsibility when traveling with a pet is ensuring that you have enough food and water for them during the duration of the trip. You should also make sure that they have enough room in their crates or carrier for them to lie down comfortably without any risk of injury due to overcrowding.
Should we travel with a pet?
The answer is yes – if you can. Considerations for traveling with your pet include:
- Type of regulations
- What type of animal do you have?
- How long will the flight last?
- What will be your destination?
Types of regulations
After you have set your destination and planned a great trip, it is time to consider how your dog will travel. Are there any specific regulations regarding the import of a pet into the country you are aiming to visit?
Every country has its own regulations that your pet must follow before entering. It is easy to travel from a country that has not been vaccinated against rabies to any European country.
The exceptions are the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, and Malta. Finland. Norway. These countries require additional tapeworm treatment.
You will also need proof of a recent (not more than one-year) rabies antibody blood test if you are traveling with a dog that was not rabies-free. The laboratory must have processed the blood test in accordance with EU standards.
What type of animal do you have?
Some flight services will allow you to bring a pet dog, cat, or ferret. But there is a limit to the number of animals allowed on any one type of aircraft.
Your pet must travel onboard in a special container that is suitable for its size and weight. The maximum weight of an animal that is transported together with the container must not exceed 8 kg.
You should keep your animal in a transport or special bag during the flight. During take-off and landing, and in case of turbulences the container must be under the seat in front.
How long will the flight last?
As you’re shopping for flights, take into account how long your pet will be in transit. For a shorter domestic jaunt, try to take a direct flight to limit your pet’s time on a plane. Pets should not be in the air longer than they have to be, and getting to the destination quickly has other advantages — it can be critical for pets traveling in cargo who have to arrive hours early at the airport.
What will be your destination?
Look for pet-friendly places to take your next vacation. No matter how you get there, ensure your pet friend is welcome.
Experts in travel lately have seen a rise in resorts and hotels offering specials so pet owners can take their pets along on vacation. Many hotels will allow pets for an additional fee. Experts suggest that you look for chains with dedicated pages for pets on the websites of these businesses. These places are very welcoming to pets. They usually give you an amenity as a welcome gift. For example, a map of dog parks in good walking areas.
There are many ways to travel with your pet. The most important thing to do is to be prepared for anything that can happen.
It is important to remember that traveling with a pet can be difficult and you should always take extra precautions in case of emergencies. Bringing your pet along on a trip can be difficult but rewarding. Your pet will have more fun and less stress than they would in their usual environment and they’ll get to see new things that they otherwise wouldn’t have seen.