Safe Pet Travel

Posted by on Jun 21, 2012 in Car and Water, Health & Wellness, Safety, Travel, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Safe Pet Travel

Summer is here and many pet parents are planning vacations which include their four legged family member.  We have already loaded the car with our dogs, Abe andChico, and taken them to the beach.  It was a wild ride I promise you, complete with baby, dogs, baby gear, dog gear and one father-in-law.  We made it safely though.

Seventy three million UShouseholds own a pet.  And according to barkbuckleup.com 82% of pets travel with their owners. 

General safety for all travel includes:   1) pet id tag or tracking device, (we love TAGG)  2)  plan ahead- know the pet laws of the hotel and city you are traveling to and 3)  have your pet up to date on vaccines and ensure overall health.

Car Travel Safety:  Auto harnesses and/or travel crates and water bowls are must haves.  Did you know that a 60lb dog would become an over 2500lb projectile object in a 35mph car accident?  Yikes!  This can never be said enough:  Never leave pet in a car unattended.   Auto temperatures can reach 120 degrees!!  We love Kurgo travel products!

Air Travel Safety: Call your airline to find out the rules and regulations of pet travel.  Crate size for in cabin travel will differ by airline, type of plane and sometimes even your seat on that plane.  Airlines such as US Airways, Airtran, JenBlue and Southwest do not allow pets to ride in cargo and those that do (United and Delta) have restrictions on when and if short nosed breeds can travel.  Please click on the links and learn each airline’s pet policy.

Make a reservation!  All pet air travel requires a reservation.  Fees do apply and range from $75-$125 each way.

More air travel tips:

Ö        Get your pet used to their travel crate prior to your trip. 

Ö        Exercise prior to arriving at the airport to lessen excitable behavior.

Ö        Make sure your pet is healthy and can handle a flight.

Ö        If traveling in the cabin pack snacks, favorite toy and ensure comfort of your pet. 

Ö        Airports will have a pet potty area to use prior to a flight, in between legs and after flight.

Boat travel: Some dogs are made for the water and others….well let’s just say they are water challenged.  Use of a dog life jacket and/or boat ramp will help an anxious dog be safe in the water.

Be safe this summer!  Enjoy your pets!