Everyone deserves a break, your furry friend included. Though the process may be slightly complicated, bringing your pet on your travels is possible. However, getting through the various stages of air-travel can be a daunting process, and even more so for your pets.
Before travelling the world with your pet and taking to the skies, here are six ways to prep your pet for his adventures.Credit: https://www.crieffvets.co.uk/services-info/pet-travel-scheme/
Crate-train your pet
Unless your pet is eligible to be considered as checked baggage, it will mostly have to stay in its crate throughout the flight. So if your pet is not already comfortable with a crate, it’s time to do so. It is important to ensure that your pet is comfortable enough to stay in its crate for long periods of time and be able to sleep in it. On top of that, ensure that your pet’s crate is big enough for your pet to move around comfortably in.Familiarise your pet with loud sounds
Airports are busy and noisy places that may cause stress and discomfort to your pets. Before your departure date, it is advisable to introduce your pet to busy places. Once familiar with these environments, your pet will remain in a calmer state throughout the flight, ensuring its safety.Monitor your pet’s water and food intake
Just like how we sometimes prefer to not eat before a flight, the same may apply for your pets. To prevent vomiting incidents, it is advisable to feed your pet at least four hours before the flight. Water on the other hand, can still be provided leading up to the flight. At the same time, do ensure that your pet has managed to relief itself before boarding.Tire your pet out
In making the flight a little more manageable, you may take your pet on a long walk or play with it to expel its excess energy. This will help to mitigate any potential feelings such as stress that may surface during the flight.Ensure that your pet is comfortable
Especially for longer flights, it is important to ensure that your pet is comfortable in its crate. Fill the crate with your pets favourite toy, blanket and an old clothing item of yours that still has your scent. After all, being in the company of a familiar scent will keep your pet calm. Do take note to provide your pet with an additional blanket, as the temperature on the plane tends to run a little low.Prepare motion sickness meds (if necessary)
Like us, pets are prone to getting motion sickness. The ideal solution is to visit the vet for motion sickness medication. Otherwise, if your selected airline enables your pet to sit with you during the flight, feed it some ice cubes to help keep sickness at bay.