Some people feel vacations are a thing of the past once you get a pet. However, with a cat or dog you can easily travel anywhere in the world with your four legged friend. Traveling with a pet takes plenty of preparation to get the animal use to traveling in a vehicle, as well as finding accommodation.
Before heading on your trip, start taking your pet in the car for shorter car trips. If he will be traveling in a cage, put him in the cage with his favorite blanket or toy to ease anxiety. The more often this happens, the more than animal will feel confident in the vehicle. Do not take your pet with you if you must leave him in the car for long, extended periods of time by himself.
Pack a bag full of any necessities you may need with your pet while on the road. This includes a water dish and water bottle, food dish and food, toys and rawhide. Do not forget to pack plastic bags to clean up waste and a leash to let your pet out while on the road. Aside from packing a pet bag, plan your route with enough time to stop and let your pet out of the car. It’s important to let them run around, go to the bathroom and burn off some energy on long journeys.
Next you have to find a hotel that will allow your pet. Most hotels and motels will allow the pet to stay if he is current on shots and is well behaved. Travel with a crate to avoid having to pay for any damages caused by the pet left in your room. Keep in mind that some establishments may require a deposit or fee to allow your pet.
Finally, before you leave visit your vet. Make sure your pet is in tip top shape and can handle the journey. Keep all paperwork on hand in case you run into any problems on your trip.