Wednesday, 24 June 2015
Traveling: Should you bring your pets with you?
As much as we love our furry friends, it’s a big responsibility to bring them along if we’re going on vacation. There are certain animals that don’t do well with change such as cats. Other dogs like pugs, bulldogs, and Persian cats (i.e. brachycephalic animals) have short nasal passages making them susceptible to oxygen deprivation and heat stroke. These animals should never ever travel by plane.
Here are some guidelines to help you in deciding if you should bring your pet or not.
Consult your vet.
Your veterinarian knows if it’s ideal to bring your pet along. He/she will be able to make recommendations on the best travel conditions for your furry friend. It’s important that their vaccinations are up to date and there are supporting medical documents necessary for travel. Some vets recommend a trial run or sedatives depending on your pet’s behavior.
If they’re tagging along
Check your airline’s guidelines for pets. They should never stay in the cargo hold of the plane as animals are injured, lost, and in extreme cases get killed due to rough handling, extreme temperatures, and poor ventilation. Make sure that you have all the proper documents certifying that they’re safe to travel. Get the specific carrier required by airlines as well.
If they’re getting left behind
Arrange for a pet sitter or a responsible friend who will take care of your pet. Leave your contact number as well as your vet’s. Make sure you inspect the place where your pet is staying if you plan on boarding them. Some pets need a little warming up so make sure you visit the pet sitter together a few times before you leave.
The Humane Society of the United States said that air travel isn’t safe for pets. If you really need to bring them along consider traveling by car. However, it’s still ideal to leave them with a trusted caretaker. Pets don’t need to be subject to unnecessary travel stress. Always think of their welfare before yours.