Should You Take Your Pet On Long Trips?

When the coronavirus pandemic finally dies down and herd immunity is reached — through the new vaccines becoming widely available, we hope — it stands to reason that many people will decide to pack their bags and travel as much as possible before heading back home to the daily grind. That makes sense. We’re all tired. We’re all weary. But there are some things to consider before we get up to leave — especially for those of us who own pets.

First and foremost, the greatest concern is the mode of travel. Many people enjoy flying, as it can be quite economical and efficient these days. But that might not be the best way to get from point A to point B if you’re traveling with a beloved pet. If flying with a cat or dog, try to keep it with you (a veterinarian can help provide a means to sedate your pet) on the flight. Allowing the pet to be placed in the luggage compartment can be traumatic for a pet, especially when all they want is to be with you!

Road trips are a beloved mode of travel for many, but they also come with their own set of challenges — even if you have all the amenities, as those traveling in any kind of recreational vehicle might be accustomed to having. Pets thrive off of routine (especially cats, but dogs as well), and so they might become more and more stressed the longer you travel. This is especially true if you plan to move from one environment to the next.

Going on a road trip? Make sure you bring more water than you need. Pets can overheat and won’t necessarily make their needs known until it’s too late. Make sure you bring your pet’s veterinary records along for the ride, just in case you need to bring them to the vet. Make sure your pet has its own space. Most important? Let them out to use the bathroom as often as possible!