Tips For Smooth Pet Travel
Some pets are born to wander and a few may even earn
frequent flyer miles! But for other pets, a road trip is far from the cat's
Pet travel may ruffle fewer feathers with
advance planning. Pointers from the experts at the American Pet Products
Manufacturers Association (APPMA) may help smooth the bumps in the road:
• Dog Trekking. The thought of going
out makes a dog's tail wag. But not all dogs find a plane trip or a car
ride fun. When dogs are young take them on short car rides and use a safety
harness while in transit to prepare them for future travel. A well-constructed
car carrier also helps ensure safety and comfort.
Never leave your dog in a parked vehicle.
temperature inside a car can climb to 120 degrees, even with the windows
open! And, since travelling can be rough on a dog's digestive tract,
feedings are not usually given for four hours before leaving.
Make sure your dog is wearing a collar with
ID tags. A travelling kit should include a first-aid kit, a flea and
tick remedy, food and water bowls, a leash and a chewable toy.
Although most airlines will transport
dogs, they may limit the number of dogs per person or the dog's maximum
weight. When making hotel reservations, ask about provisions for dogs and
nearby places they can run and walk.
• Kitty Cargo. Travel is not
usually something cats enjoy, but if kittens travel at an early age, they
may tolerate it as adults. Start by taking kitty on short daytime car trips,
always using a car carrier while in transit. Repeat the process every few
days, lengthening each trip.
When travelling, make sure kitty is wearing
a collar with up-to-date identification tags. Remember to pack a leash,
harness, plastic bags, your cat's favorite bedding along with extra bedding.
And, don't forget litter and a litter box. Portable, disposable
litter boxes are ideal for travelling and will make for a more enjoyable
• Packing Up Polly. To test your bird's
adaptability to travel, try a dry run to a friend's house and use his travel
cage and perch. The size of your travel cage should allow for stretching,
climbing, wing flapping along with suitable room for your bird to perch
comfortably. Be sure to cover the travel cage with a cloth or blanket so
your bird does not get exposed to a cold draft.
The travel cage should have identification
information, including your name, address, and phone number. Take along
enough food because you may not find the brand he's used to. Airlines may
not permit more than two birds in one travel container.
• Travelling with Fish? It's probably
not a good idea unless completely necessary. While you're away, it may
be preferable to use an automatic fish feeder or special holiday weekend
• Gerbil Journey. Life on the road
is fairly uncomplicated for animals such as rabbits, hamsters and gerbils,
unless they are very young, sick or pregnant. An escape-proof carrier is
essential. Rabbits and hamsters are not permitted by some airlines.
• Roaming with Reptiles. Reptiles are
not the most portable of pets. The stress of travel can cause these pets
serious, even fatal reactions. If you must travel with them, keep trips
short. When moving, consider special reptile moving services.
Airlines may not allow reptiles onboard as
carry-on luggage. If they travel cargo, the cargo area may be cold and
the reptile may require a special warmer.
• Are Pets Allowed? If you are planning
on travelling by bus or train, check with your local transit authority
in advance about special accommodations and restrictions for pets as some
major transit carriers do not allow pets unless considered special skills
(NAPSI)-For more information about pet
care, check out The Pet Owner's Manual at www.appma.org.